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Wellesley's Mercier deadly on offense in 7-3 win against Tavistock

Wellesley    Wed, Feb 17, 2016

The Wellesley Applejacks relied on the scoring touch of Nick Mercier, who netted two goals, to beat the Tavistock Braves, 7-3.

Mercier's tallies came at 5:24 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Wellesley and 9:10 into the second to make the score 3-2 Wellesley.

The win by Wellesley clinched the best of seven series at 4-1.

Tavistock's power play was ineffective against the Applejacks' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 19:07 into the second period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

Wellesley forced Braves' netminders to work between the pipes, launching 32 shots and forcing 25 saves. Riley Collins made 25 stops and Ben Larder made zero. The Applejacks put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Braves to score on any of their six power plays. The defensemen of Wellesley were also effective in Tavistock's zone, and came away with two goals.

Wellesley additionally got points from Joe Heath, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Cal Jefferies, who also finished with one goal and two assists, and Sean McEwan, who also registered two goals and one assist. Shaun Pickering also scored for Wellesley. More assists for Wellesley came via Justin Lebold, who had two and Mark Lebold, Brady Gerber, Alex Uttley, and Nick Palmer, who each chipped in one.

The Braves excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in eight chances. Tavistock's offense rang up 36 shots on the Applejacks' net.

The Braves were helped by Dalton Smith AP, who had one goal. Smith AP scored 19:04 into the first period to make the score 2-2. Jacob Rooke provided the assist. Tavistock also got points from Rooke, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Tavistock also got a goal from Derek Hyde as well. In addition, Tavistock received assists from Mackenzie Sealy, Garrett Schultz, and Tayler Trachsel, who contributed one each.

Ryan Porter made 33 saves for Wellesley on 36 shots. The Applejacks ended with 47 minutes in penalty time with 11 minors and one major. For Wellesley, Jackson Keller and Tyson Bender were ejected from the contest. Tavistock ended with 51 minutes in penalty time with 13 minors and one major. For the Braves, Josh Borys was ejected from the game.