Riendeau, Elwell power Wave to 5-1 victory
Greenfield's Tyler Miner tries to stickhandle past an Agawam defenseman during a game last season. Greenfield opens its season tonight at 6:30 at home against Chicopee. Recorder/Mike Phillips
If Greenfield High School is going to make a deep run in the Western Massachusetts Division IIIA hockey tournament, it is going to need someone to step up and shore up the final wing spot on the second line. On Friday, Jon Riendeau showed he might very well be that guy.
Riendeau registered his first career varsity point with a first-period helper and went on to register two more assists on the night and Greenfield knocked off Belchertown High School, 5-1, in a Fay-Wright Division game at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
While Riendeau was making a name for himself on the division-leading Green Wave (10-1-2 overall, 7-1-1 Fay-Wright), leading scorer Jake Elwell was adding to his growing legacy, as he registered a hat trick to power the Greenfield offense. Greenfield scored all five goals in the first two periods and had a 5-0 lead. Goalie Barrett Rogaleski nearly had a hat trick, but Belchertown’s Alex Bachand ruined the bid with four minutes left in the game when he finally got the Orioles (6-6-1, 4-3-1) on the board.
Belchertown got off to a fast start, peppering the Green Wave goal early on as it took play to the Wave, but Rogaleski was up to the task and turned aside all seven shots he faced in the first period.
“As always, we leaned on him hard,” Greenfield head coach Mike Duclos said. “He had some huge saves early in the game. We always seem to start off a little sluggish. If he lets in one or two of those shots, it can be the difference between winning and losing.”
The Green Wave offense finally got going late in the period and Riendeau picked up his first career point with 4 minutes, 24 seconds left when he fired a pass to Zach Langlois, who fired the puck past Orioles’ goalie Kyle Mikulski for a 1-0 lead. Greenfield would get another goal before the end of the period as Langlois and Clay Richardson set up Elwell for his first of the game with 40 seconds left.
The momentum carried over into the second period and it took just 16 seconds for Jourdan York-Welcome to make it 3-0 off assists from Tyler Townsley and Cam Woodward. Elwell got his second goal of the game 1:45 into the period on assists from York-Welcome and Riendeau, and the same three players hooked up with one minute left in the middle frame for Elwell’s third of the game to complete his hat trick and make it 5-0 in favor of Greenfield. It gave Riendeau three assists on the night in his first varsity start, and the junior caught the eye of his coaches.
“We’ve been trying to find that 10th guy to solve us having two lines,” Duclos said. “Jon looked good in a junior varsity scrimmage the other night. He was all over the place tonight. He could have scored once or twice. He’s a very good street hockey player and you can see that in his stick work. If we can get his feet to match his stick, we’ll have one heck of a hockey player.”
Rogaleski finished with 21 saves in the win, while Mikulski stopped 18 shots in the loss.
Greenfield heads to Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke today at 3:30 to take on Chicopee Comprehensive High School.
Phillips, Fritz qualify
Mackenzie Phillips and Jay Fritz each qualified for the WMass Individual Championships in the final meet of the regular season for Turners Falls High School, but the Indians fell to Chicopee High School during a C Division swimming & diving meet in Chicopee.
Fritz qualified for the 100-yard backstroke but the Indian boys dropped a 92-59 decision to the Pacers.
Fritz needed to beat a time of 1:08.96 to make the WMass meet, which takes place Feb. 9 at Springfield College, and he won the event with a time of 1:08.68. He also won the 50 freestyle in a time of 25.50, falling just shy of the qualifying time of 25.41.
Ian MacPhail, who had already qualified for the WMass in the 500 freestyle, won the event with a personal best time of 5:57.46. He also swam to a personal-best time in the 200 freestyle as he won the event in 2:11.09.
Riley Palmer won the 100 butterfly in 1:13.28 for the Indians, and he also took second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.63. James Dolan earned a pair of third-place finishes on the day, taking third in the 50 free with a personal-best time of 28.02 seconds, and a time of 1:10.18 in the 100 freestyle.
The 200 free relay team of Fritz, Palmer, Dolan and MacPhail, which will compete in the relay events at WMass, won with a time of 1:52.59.
• On the girls’ side, Phillips swam her way into the WMass meet in the 100 free but the Indian girls fell to Chicopee, 136-38.
Phillips won the 100 free with a time of 1:01.51, beating the time of 1:02.09 needed to make the WMass meet. She also took third in the 50 free in 27.99.
Mackenzie Salls won the 100 back in 1:17.71, and the 200 medley relay team of Melissa Hersey, Salls, Phillips and Kate Garcia, which will also be on hand at the WMass meet, won with a time of 2:38.81.