Playoffs 2016

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Wellesley wins tough contest against Tavistock, 6-4

Wellesley    Sat, Feb 06, 2016

The game between the Wellesley Applejacks and the Tavistock Braves was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Wellesley emerged with a 6-4 win.

Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Shaun Pickering secured the win for the Applejacks with a goal in the third period.

The win gave Wellesley a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.

The Applejacks pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 54 penalty minutes.

Wellesley was paced by Pickering, who racked up one goal. Pickering scored 13:15 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Wellesley.

The Applejacks forced Braves' goaltenders to work in net, taking 36 shots and forcing 30 saves. Ben Larder made 29 stops and Riley Collins made one. The defensemen of Wellesley were also effective in Tavistock's zone, and came away with three goals.

Wellesley also got points from Alex Uttley, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Nick Mercier, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Wellesley included Jake Wilkinson, Spencer Brick, and Cal Jefferies, who each put in one. In addition, Wellesley received assists from Brenden Goran, Braidon Kerbs, Brady Gerber, and Nick Palmer, who each chipped in one.

The Braves' offense rang up 33 shots on the Applejacks' net. Tavistock was held back by its power play unit, which tallied one goal on 10 chances.

The Braves were led by Josh Borys, who registered two goals and one assist. Borys scored the first of his two goals at 3:05 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Ocean Check picked up the assist. Borys' next tally made the score 2-2 with 2:49 left in the first period. Jacob Rooke assisted on the tally. Tavistock additionally got points from Jake Wiffen, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Tavistock also got a goal from Jamie Shoemaker as well. More assists for Tavistock came via Cody Bateman and Kieran Van Boekel, who contributed one each.

Wellesley's Ryan Porter stopped 29 shots out of the 33 that he faced. The Applejacks registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. For Wellesley, Palmer was ejected from the game. Tavistock incurred 28 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.