Malden east Boston (M.E.B) hockey squads continue parity play this week in the Valley League as well as the first round of the 2013 Boston Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament.
The Mite K Team had a big weekend taking two victories in the 2013 Mayor’s Cup on a full ice format, something many of the players had never done before. With a win on Saturday in South Boston and Sunday at UMass Boston the Mites move on to the semi-final round at Northeastern University next weekend.
Malden/East Boston 5,Dorchester 6
With only seven skaters and all but one playing their first full ice game, the M.E.B Mite Stoneham team took to the ice against a full Dorchester squad. Arnoldo Lopez had 2 goals in his Mite debut while Anthony Defilippo, Anthony Messina, and GiGi DiMarco each had one goal apiece. Excellent goaltending by Matt Cochran. The Mite S squad moves on to the second round at UMass Boston next weekend
SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston,East Coast Wizards 1
The undefeated M.E.B. Squirts fought against an all-girl East Coast Wizard squad. Brendan Curtis got M.E.B. on the board first with an unassisted goal in the 1st period. The 2nd period saw the Wizards fight back to score early in the period. It was back and forth until Sean Horkan potted one with help from Nick Summers and that’s how it ended 2-1.
Additionally, the Squirts beat Hyde Park on Sunday to advance to the semi-final round of the Mayor’s Cup tournament.
PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 4 ,Somerville 7
With only 8 skaters, the Pewee’s took on Somerville in Somerville. It was a 0-3 score going into the final period when the Peewees found the inner strength to fight back. At 10:03 Bethan Taddeo broke up a breakaway, passed up ice to a moving John Bernbaum who passed on a rail to Ronan Valarese who quick sticked it to make it 1-3. With 6:15 left in the 3rd Somerville drew the defense off the net and their hanger potted the puck to make it 1-4. Seconds later Bernbaum bent it into the corner of the opposing net to make it 2-4. A loose puck and a lucky shot put Somerville up 2-5. One more for the home team made it 2-6. M.E.B. pulled the goalie with three minutes remaining but even with two defensemen guarding the net Somerville scored to make it 2-7. M.E.B. was tired and hurting but never gave up on a Corey Rufo faceoff win which was passed up ice to a jetting Bernbaum who picked up his own rebound to make it 3-7. With just seconds remaining the Mustangs Sam Fosdick fought hard in the corner to dig out the puck, pass up ice to Valarese who served up a beauty with time running out to end the game M.E.B. 4 Somerville 7.
In the Boston Mayor’s Cup Tournament a schedule snafu found the Mustangs playing a 9:00 pm in Dorchester on Saturday night and an 8:00 pm game at Northeastern on Sunday night. Things did not go the Peewee’s way and their run in the double elimination tournament has come to an end.
BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 2, New Hampshire East 2 Valley Forum, Haverhill MA
In Bantam AAA action the boys faced New Hampshire East on Saturday night. Sloppy play in the first had them struggling to stay in the game giving up the period to a 0-1 deficit. With hopes fading, Ryan Noonan dug deep and put on a show going the distance on a defensive zone dish from Zach Rich to tie up the game on Noonan’s short-handed beauty. Entering the third period and the boys still looking far from themselves, they did manage a power play goal from Noonan giving him credit for all of M.E.B.’s goals and despite a last ditch attack in final minutes it ended tied.
Malden/East Boston 1, Belmont 2Valley Forum, Malden MA
The Bantam’s hit the hometown ice Sunday afternoon to take on Belmont. In the 1st Louis Staffieri sent James Pandolfo off to the races on a beautiful neutral zone pass. Pandolfo screamed in on the opposing net undressing the netminder with a quick move, only 12 seconds into the game and M.E.B. was on top 1-0. However Belmont took advantage of slow skating and tied it up. With no step in their game, M.E.B. surrendered a second goal in the middle period to go down 2-1. They weather the storm in the third but suffered their first loss of the season. Bright spots continue to focus on the great play of goaltender Anthony Giuliano who made some amazing saves to keep these games close.
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BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 8, Dedham 1 Simoni Rink, Cambridge MA
The Mustangs got on the scoreboard early and often in a high-scoring victory over the Dedham Bantam AA team. Ryan Tosto had four goals and one assist, Curtis Taddeo had two goals and three assists, Nick Capillo had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Nastari added two assists. Paul Gennetti added a late goal to close out the scoring. Thomas Guarino was solid between the pipes for the Mustangs.
Malden/East Boston 5, Burlington 1 Ice Palace, Burlington MA
The Mustangs traveled to Burlington on Sunday to take on the Burlington Bantam AA team in a physical, penalty-filled game. Backed by the solid goaltending of Thomas Guarino, the M.E.B. boys overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring five unanswered goals after the midway point of the contest. Burlington got on the score sheet early with a goal five minutes into the game. Guarino kept the Mustangs in the game with several big saves, including a huge save on a breakaway to keep the deficit at one.
It remained a 1-0 Burlington lead until four minutes remained in the second period. M.E.B.’s Nick Capillo lit the lamp, assisted by Anthony Nastari and Ryan Tosto. A little less than two minutes later, Niko Spadafora scored the first of his two goals, assisted by Tosto. Less than one minute later, Anthony Nastari added another goal, assisted by Curtis Taddeo.
M.E.B. took a 3-1 lead into the third period and continued to put pressure on Burlington. Marty Taylor scored an unassisted goal off a nice individual effort to increase M.E.B.’s lead to 4-1. N. Spadafora got M.E.B.’s final goal with assists from Tosto and Taddeo.
MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 1, Acton-Boxboro 4 Valley Forum, Lawrence MA
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