Greenfield skates past Mount Everett, 4-1

  • Greenfield’s Doug Hanieski carries the puck up ice as Mt. Everett defender Charles Grace (left) closes in from behind with a teammate Tuesday night during hockey action in Sheffield. Greenfield prevailed by a 4-1 score. For the recorder/geoff smith

  • Greenfield’s Cassidhe Wozniak skates through traffic Tuesday night in Sheffield against Mt. Everett. The visiting Green Wave won, 4-1. for the recorder/geoff smith

For The Recorder
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

SHEFFIELD — If this is a new era for Greenfield High School hockey, consider the first four games a success.

The Green Wave kept up its perfect start to the season with a 4-1 win over Mount Everett Regional School at Berkshire School Tuesday night, bouncing back from a short Christmas break with a road win.

Four players scored in the Green Wave win, with Sean O’Sullivan’s goal with 8 minutes, 29 seconds left in the second period serving as the winner.

Greenfield is now 4-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Wright Division.

“School vacation week is always a tough week anyway,” coach Adam Bouchard said. “You are out of your normal regimen, not at school, your day seems a little bit longer. Add on that another two-hour drive up here, and to see our student-athletes to come out and produce, come out and get the ‘W,” is a big road win for us.”

Doug Hanieski opened the scoring for the Green Wave in the first period on a pass from Evan Simmons. O’Sullivan scored his goal on passes from Bryan Baumann and Bryce Jordan. The second goal gave Greenfield a cushion, but Everett’s Max Joyner tried to get his team going when he took a pass from Brendan Dempsey with 3:10 left in the second to make it a 2-1 game.

But before the rink announcer could finish announcing the goal, Ethan LaFleur restored the two-goal lead 23 seconds after the restart, and less than a minute later, Cassidhe Wozniak wrapped up the scoring and the win.

“One of the things we’ve been really working on is being able to really execute and respond after giving up a goal,” Bouchard said. “Being able to come back and pop two in right away was a huge factor for us. ... It seemed to deflate Mount Everett a little bit, which is exactly what you want when the time comes.”

For the Eagles, the loss was one of missed opportunities. Greenfield went to the box four times in the game, and Mount Everett capitalized only once. The goal technically came about three seconds after Greenfield killed off a penalty, but went in before the Wave really got back up to full strength. One of the killed penalties was a four-minute infraction, which extended from the end of the second period into the third.

“Yeah, I think we have to want to shoot,” Eagles coach Aidan Gilligan said. “We seem to look for the pass too much on the power play instead of just firing a couple of pucks and getting to the net and wanting to get a couple of those dirty goals, as we call them, within 10 feet there and bury a couple rebounds.”

In goal, Riley Drew did his part, stopping 14 shots in the win. To start the second period, Drew had a nifty double save, stonewalling Jake Corcoran on a breakaway, then denied Andrew Conlon on the follow up. Drew also stopped a Conlon tester in the third period.

Gilligan was full of praise for Drew after the game.

“Their goalie had a phenomenal game tonight,” Gilligan said. “I thought he made a couple great saves, did a good job on a couple 2-on-1s we had, and even on the breakaway he made an outstanding save. I tip my cap to him. He played very well tonight.”

The Wave don’t have a lot of time to reflect on the win. The game Tuesday was the first of three in three nights for the team. Next up is a date at Chicopee tonight. Bouchard said that the team has a goal set to make the playoffs. But it’s a process and the Wave is taking it one at a time.

“One of our team goals that we set is a playoff berth. There’s not a single player on our team that’s ever played a high school hockey playoff game, so we have huge team goals to get to playoffs,” Bouchard said. “Obviously, starting off 4-0 is a tremendous way for the new era of Green Wave hockey to begin. Now we look forward to Chicopee and will go from there.”