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  • Gabe Hume lunges to break up a play at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Kenyon DeHays watches the action from just outside the crease at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Caleb Cox looks to make a play at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Athol/Orange Avalanche goalie Kenyon DeHays keeps an eye on the ball during action at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at the 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Caleb Cox looks to make a play at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Joey Gray, right, and Caleb Cox eye play at the Avalanche Invitational Tournament. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • The Athol/Orange Avalanche Penguin squad (7-9) at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Saturday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • The Athol/Orange Avalanche Cadet squad (13-15) at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Sunday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • The Athol/Orange Avalanche Beaver squad (10-12) at the 2019 Avalanche Invitational Tournament at 202 Sports Complex, Sunday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 5/12/2019 8:48:02 PM

ORANGE — Caleb Cox scored a goal with an assist, but the Athol/Orange Avalanche Cadet squad fell, 4-2, against Fitchburg in the finals of the 2019 Avalanche Invitational at 202 Sports Complex on Sunday.

It was the first loss of the tournament for the Avalanche in the 13-15 year old division. The top-seeded Avalanche had previously beaten Fitchburg in the three-day weekend tournament.

“Against these kids, we didn’t play defense at all,” Cox said. “With three minutes left we did not control the ball. That’s what killed us.”

It was the first Avalanche Invitational since 2016. The tournament, which is helped run by Scott Dubrule, dates back over 20 years.

“It’s more of the best of the best,” Dubrule said. “Of our local players and teams from all over.”

Teams from Fitchburg, Winchendon, Leominster and Wachusett all made the trip for the tournament. 

Dek hockey fans and parents lined the bleachers and the boards surrounding the rink, showing their support for the Avalanche teams.

The Avalanche recently held a fundraiser in the center of Athol to help raise money for new maroon uniforms inspired by the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. 

Fitchburg scored quickly against the the Avalanche in the Cadet final, putting two goals up in just over a minute.

Sean Brennan scored for the Avalanche to cut the deficit to 2-1 before Cox tied the game late in the first period.

Fitchburg took the lead before the first intermission after Cam Manning’s second goal of the game.

Evan Dubrule helped keep things close for the Avalanche with 12 saves. Dubrule split time in net with Kenyon DeHays throughout the tournament.

The line of Brennan, Joey Gray and Cox applied some late pressure but not enough to find the net.

Joe Conway also had some chances for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche defense of Gabe Hume, Logan Hume, Katelyn Schubmehl and Cynthia Kelly all played well near the blue line.

The Avalanche Beaver (10-12 year old) team also made it to the finals on Sunday, but dropped a 9-0 decision to Fitchburg. The Avalanche were unable to break through and find the net, but Aidan Kirwan provided several scoring chances for his team.

“We did pretty good as a team,” Kirwan said. “We worked really good together. It’s tough to lose but you win some and you lose some. But I love hockey. It’s my favorite sport. It’s fun to play with my friends.”

To get to the finals, the Avalanche defeated another Fitchburg team, 4-1.

Kirwan, Connor Cox, Derek Plummer and Colleen Schubmehl all scored for the Avalanche in their semifinal win.

Kevin Thompson was in net for the duration of the tournament for the Beaver team, going 2-1-1.

The Avalanche Penguin (7-9 year old) squad advanced to the quarterfinals but fell to the Mustangs, 3-1.

Jordan Publicover scored with an assist from Lily Fahey.

Mackenzie Matthews and Landon Bass split time in net for the young Avalanche squad. In a game played on Saturday, the play of Matthews and Bass secured a tie against the Mustangs. 

At one point in the third period, Matthews aggressively came out on a 1-on-1 breakaway to get a much-needed stop for the Avalanche.

“I like helping my team,” Matthews said. “I just try to stop it. I like to go out so they don’t get closer to the goal.”

Local dek hockey continues at 202 Sports Complex today with games starting at 5 p.m in the Beaver/Cadet division.


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