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Varsity going to the States

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 23, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The varsity hockey team ties for 5th in Central Mass and will host first ever home game at 6 PM on Friday, February 28th at the Groton School vs. Wachusett. Click on Above Link for complete brackets.
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Battle for Conference Leadership

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 18, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Even with more players nursing the sickness 'bug', there was no rest for the Tigers, for, on Saturday, 02/15, they had to lace 'em up again, for a first-place showdown against Coughlin Conference leader, Westboro. The 'sickness' bug was now more prominent across the Tigers bench, yet they put together a tough battle against their opponent. Pregame ceremonies were in honor of two outgoing seniors, AJ Rauker and AJ Aponas, playing in their last regularly scheduled home game at the Groton rink. At the close of the first period both players presented their mothers, Kim Rauker and Theresa Aponas, with a bouquet of flowers, as a token of their thanks for their parents contributions throughout their high school careers. It was clear from the early going that this game was going to be decided by goaltending and one team's ability to take advantage of the others mistakes. Terrence Sullivan continued his amazing play in net for the Tigers, and the Westboro goalie shut down numerous Tiger scoring chances. Despite the offensive flurries and shots on net, the Tigers could not break through with any goals over the first two periods, while the agressive Westboro team took advantage of weakness in the Tigers armor and grabbed a 3-0 lead. The Tigers were tired in the third period, and Westboro's strong play kept control the rest of the game scoring their fourth goal on a early period power play. But the Tigers weren't done, and sent home a message, with a late game goal by Pat Feehan, a blistering slapshot off of a feed from Joe Graham. The weary Tigers, in need of rest, lost the game 4-1, but showed that they will be ready come playoff time. With one game left in the regular season (Friday, 02/21, 3pm, at Murdock, at the Clark Memorial Rink) , and the playoffs looming, the Tigers now stand at a solid 12-5-2 record. /Rich Takvorian
2/21 Murdock game time changed to 3PM - bus leaves at 1:00 PM
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In Adversity, Tigers shine

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 13, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
There comes a time in a season, where you see whether or not you really have something special here. That time was this past Wedesday night (02/12) for the Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team, who played a very formidable team (last meeting resulted in a 4-4 tie) in Assabet Valley, at the New England Sports Center rink. The Tigers put together a remarkable performance, coming away with the victory, 3-1. The Tigers literally limped into this game, so expectations were not high. Co-Captain AJ Rauker was out, nursing a knee injury suffered in the teams win last Saturday against Grafton. The 'sickness' bug that's been floating around all schools finally hit multiple players on this team, including co-captain Matt Coole, sharpshooter Jason Schneider, and freshman Chris Austermann. Despite the illness plaguing these players, and other members of the team, these warriors all suited up and took to the ice. The first period seemed to verify what all feared, and that was a game dominated by the opponent, with the Tigers seeming to bearly go about the paces of skating on the ice. A few Tigers penalties piled up, and the pressure got even more intense. But, a healthy Terrence Sullivan, in goal, kept Assabet off the board, fighting off numerous scoring bids in that period. As the teams made their way to the dressing room at the end of the period, coach Schneider, with a concerned look on his face, shrugged his shoulders and commented "We're a very sick team". Game over, right? Nope. Call it the miracle on ice, call it the turning point, call it the awakening, call it whatever, but the next two periods felt like the true defining moment for this team. At the start of the second period things appeared worsen as two uncontested Assabet forwards converged on Sullivan with a one-two shot combination, the first a point blank shot and second off of its rebound, but the steady goaltender stood his ground and made the two spectacular saves, the first a right pad save and the second snatching it from the air on a shot aimed for the top corner glove side. Then it happened. The Tigers turned things completely around, dominating in particular on defense, skating sharply, throwing surprise to their foes, and forcing Assabet to try and keep up. It was Assabet now making the costly mistakes, and the Tigers capitalized on two power play goals. The first was on a neat setup by Schneider who drove his way to the net. The puck was then picked up by the trailer Coole who powered a shot finding the net to the goalies top glove side. The second power play goal was from junior Mike Kinniard, scrapping in front of the net, and capitalizing off of a feed from Austermann. No let down in the third as the Tigers continued their agressive play, showing constant puck movement and pursuit. Assabet did get a goal, on a rebound play, and then the Tigers quickly got a penalty, but that didn't stop things. In that sequence, Schneider capitalized on a short-handed bid, as he broke in alone, and put the game away with the Tigers third goal. Final score, 3-1. Sure there have been games during this season that have been special, but nothing compares to coming back from this adversity. Proud parents and fans stood in amazement as the team skated off the ice. This team played their hearts out, and walked away with their twelfth victory of the season (record 12-4-2), and a well-deserved rest for the night. /Rich Takvorian