York-Welcome, Greenfield win; Turners falls
The Greenfield High School hockey team was without two of its three main offensive threats Tuesday afternoon, so the lone remaining player on the bench took over.
Jourdan York-Welcome scored all four of the Green Wave’s goals to lead the team to a 4-1 independent win over Mt. Everett Regional High School at the Berkshire School in Sheffield.
The Green Wave was missing forward Jake Elwell (22 goals, 13 assists), who was serving a disciplinary suspension, and then, three minutes into the game, lost forward/defenseman Zach Langlois (18 goals, 15 assists), who was hauled down on a partial break-in and suffered a lower-body injury. Langlois is not expected to miss significant time and should be back for the start of the postseason.
That left Greenfield coach Mike Duclos with an even smaller bench than he entered with, and he knew York-Welcome would have to step up and lead the offense if they were going to avoid the upset.
“Without Jake, we’re already scrambling for players as it is, and then we lose Zach three minutes into the game,” he began. “We literally had five hockey players left and then a bunch of newbies. We went into protection mode and I told Jourdan that it was going to be up to him.”
York-Welcome responded by scoring an unassisted goal within minutes of Langlois getting hurt to give the Green Wave (16-1-2) a 1-0 lead. That carried over into the second period, when York-Welcome struck for a pair of goals in the span of two minutes. The first was assisted by first-year player Zach Geyster, who picked up his first career varsity point on the play, and the second was assisted by Tyler Miner. That gave Greenfield a 3-0 edge, and while Adam Derwitsch got one back for Mt. Everett later in the second period, the Wave defense, anchored by goalie Barrett Rogaleski (22 saves), was up to the task of holding it.
York-Welcome added his fourth of the game and 28th goal of the year with 26 seconds left in the game.
Jonah Swotes made 24 saves in the loss.
Greenfield winds up the regular season Friday at home against Mt. Everett.
Chicopee 7, Turners Falls 0 — Six players scored Tuesday afternoon for Chicopee High School and the Pacers smacked Turners Falls High School, 7-0, in the season-finale for the Indians at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.
The Indians finished the season 6-12-2 and missed the postseason for the first time in three years.
Brandon Bryant put a stamp on what has been a stellar season in goal for him with a 49-save performance Tuesday, giving the sophomore 687 saves during the season, an average of over 34 per game.
Christian Salamon scored two goals and added one assist for Chicopee, and Ryan Kazeroid added three assists. Tim Miner and Jonathan Santos combined to make 23 saves for the shutout.