Empire JHL 2012/2013
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Valley stifles Bay State's comeback, gains 5-4 victory
Story by Narrative Science.
The Bay State Breakers almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Valley Junior Warriors managed to pull out a 5-4 win in the end.
Valley led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Junior Warriors' Luke Miller's scored at 9:11 in the first period to put Valley up 3-0.
Brendan Heinze was all over the ice for the Junior Warriors, as he finished with two goals in the win. Heinze's tallies came at 6:13 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Valley and 18:46 into the third to make the score 5-4 Valley.
Valley's penalty kill excelled, as the Junior Warriors gave up one goal despite allowing eight power plays.
Valley forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. The Junior Warriors had been averaging 23.0 minutes in penalties per game. Bay State was unable to stop Valley from sending pucks towards the net, and the Junior Warriors eventually piled up 37 shots on goal. Valley bested its season scoring average. The Junior Warriors average 2.8 goals per game.
Valley also got points from Miller, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Brendan Philippon also scored for Valley. More assists for Valley came via Connor Donahue, Mitchell Moran, and Cody Laperle, who each chipped in one.
The Breakers forced Valley goalie Matthew Saraceno to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Bay State was helped by Nicholas Russo, who registered one goal. Russo scored 7:14 into the third period to make the score 4-4. Gavin Yates assisted on the tally. Bay State additionally got points from Yates, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Ryan ODonnell, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Bay State also got a goal from John Sheehan as well. Other players who recorded assists for Bay State were Charles Murphy, John Duranczyk, Joseph Barton, and Antonio Marini, who contributed one a piece.
The Junior Warriors' Saraceno stopped 39 shots out of the 43 that he faced. Valley registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Paul LaPlante made 32 saves for the Breakers on 37 shots. Bay State incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.