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Game time changes

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 10, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
2/12 Assabet game time changed to 8PM - bus leaves at 6:30 PM 2/21 Murdock game time changed to 4PM - bus leaves at 2:00 PM
Improving their unbeaten streak to 8 games, the Tigers grabbed two victories over the past week against Division 3 opponents Hudson-Catholic and Grafton. With these victories, the Tigers now stand at 11-4-2 and, with just three regular season scheduled games remaining, and are showing a hunger for the post-season. 'Double digit win for Tigers' The Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team became the first team in the Coughlin Conference of Central Mass hockey to register in the double digits column for wins as the Tigers beat for the second time in a week, Hudson-Catholic, this time by a score of 7-4, on the Tigers home ice at the Groton School, last Wednesday night, 02/05. H-C put on a better performance against the Tigers than in their previous meeting (9-2 loss), but the results were the same. The Tigers had their number, and continued their assault on H-C picking up right where they had left off, controlling the play from the start. With third year forward Jason Schneider registering the first goal of the night within the first minute of the contest, and then his second later on a steal while the Tigers were two men short, the Tigers were off and running. Junior Mike Kinniard scored a scrappy goal off of a feed from AJ Aponas and the Tigers went into the locker room nursing a 3-0 lead. Schneider completed, yes, yet another hat-trick, by the mid-point of the game and the assault continued. Additional goals by Patrick Feehan, Matt Coole, AJ Aponas the rest of the way sealed the victory. Goalie Pete Harvey kept the H-C sharpshooters in check throughout most of the contest, and never lost control of the game. Strong play was shown in the contest by Freshman forwards, most notably Tom Page and Tom Taylor, book-ending a line centered by Feehan, showing strong offensive skills and a promise for Tiger hockey in years to come. Aggressive play was also shown by the 'green line', centered by Bromfield Sophomore Andrew Aponas, and forwards Freshman Bryan Takvorian and Sophomore Eric Cash, who showed strong puck movement and had several scoring chances. 'Tigers register first shut-out of the year' At the Groton School Rink last Saturday night, the LHS hockey team hosted Grafton, and continued their march towards post-season action, this time posting their first shutout of the season, 9-0, and improving their overall record to 11-4-2. Eleven Tiger players contributed to the scoring attack, proving that indeed, this Tiger squad is maturing into a true 'team'. The highlight of the game wasn't even in the hockey match, but it came in the pre game ceremonies. The National Anthem, as customary, was performed before the contest with both teams lined up on their respective blue lines. No pre-taped, rock group, country singer, nor famous singers for this opening. Rather, the crowd was treated to the smooth crooning voice of seven year old, Benjamin Roop, who mesmerized all in attendance, and got the loudest ovation of the year for his efforts. Having gone to his parents about a year ago and mentioning that he wanted to 'sing that song at the beginning of a game', he practiced it and along with his brother Freshman Tigerdefenseman Dan Roop making the arrangements, got his chance in the spotlight. It was clear early on that this was a mis-match. The well tuned Tigers launched a five goal assault in the first period, including Jason Schneider connecting with two goals within the first three minutes of the contest. The first was assisted by Tom Taylor, and the other from line mates Pat Feehan and Matt Coole. Mike Kinniard added another at the mid-point of the period off of a nice feed from behind the net by line mates Chris Austermann and AJ Aponas. By the time Feehan scored (off of a feed from Roop) and AJ Aponas drove home a power play goal (from Austermann), the Tigers were on their way. The Tigers didn't let up on their attack in the second period, as they quickly struck on Kinniard's second goal of the night, off of a feed from Bryan Takvorian. After some sharp passing by Schneider and Coole, they fed Joe Huber for the fifth goal. Feehan scored his second, unassisted, at the midpoint of the period and Schneider capped things off with his hat trick. The Tigers coasted the rest of the way, protecting the lead, and the shut out for net minder Pete Harvey. After an away game against Assabet (to have been played yesterday), the Tigers return home for their final regular season home game this weekend against conference contending leader, Westboro, in what should be an exciting contest. Game time is 6:30pm, on Saturday night, at the Groton School rink. /Rich Takvorian
Junior goaltender Terrance Sullivan, Junior forward Pat Feehan and Freshman forward Jason Schneider have been named to the Central Mass and Coughlin Conference All-Star Teams. Sullivan has a 2.90 goals against average with a 90.1 save percentage in 15 games (9-4-2). Feehan has 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points in 15 games while Schneider has 39 goals and 26 assists for 65 points in 17 games. The All-Star game is on Sunday, February 23 at 2PM at the NorthStar Youth Forum in Westboro, MA.
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LHS JV squad bounces back

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 9, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The true character of a team is how they bounce back from defeat. The Littleton/Bromfield Junior Varsity High School hockey team showed all in attendance at the Groton School rink last Sunday, that they indeed can bounce back, with a convincing 4-2 victory against Oakmont. The JV Tigers, came out to avenge their shoddy performance from the previous week, and were determined to make good. They didn't disappoint and carried play from the outset and throughout, keeping their opponents off balance and came up with numerous scoring opportunities. Defenseman Matt Serio broke the ice first, skating the length of the ice when he saw a lane open up and put the Tigers on top early in the first period. In the second period, Eric Cash scored a rebound goal off of an initial shot by Bryan Takvorian. Dan Roop then scored the next two goals, one off of a feed from Joe Huber from close range, and the other off of a blistering shot from the left point. Oakmont scored on two fluke goals mid-way in the third, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Tigers dominating performance. The Tigers won convincingly, 4-2. The JV Tigers play their next home game tomorrow, Friday, at 5pm, against Groton, at the Groton School rink. /Rich Takvorian
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Double digit win for Tigers

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 5, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team became the first team in the Coughlin Conference of Central Mass hockey to register in the double digits column for wins as the Tigers beat for the second time in a week, Hudson-Catholic, this time by a score of 7-4. H-C put on a better performance against the Tigers than in their previous meeting (9-2 loss), but the results were the same. The Tigers had their number, and continued their assault on H-C picking up right where they had left off, controlling the play from the start. With third year forward Jason Schneider registering the first goal of the night within the first minute of the contest, and then his second later on a steal while the Tigers were two men short, the Tigers were off and running. Junior Mike Kinniard scored a scrappy goal off of a feed from AJ Aponas and the Tigers went into the locker room nursing a 3-0 lead. Schneider completed, yes, yet another hat-trick, by the mid-point of the game and the assault continued. Additional goals by Patrick Feehan, Matt Coole, AJ Aponas the rest of the way sealed the victory. Goalie Pete Harvey kept the H-C sharpshooters in check throughout most of the contest, and never lost control of the game. Strong play was shown in the contest by Freshman forwards, most notably Tom Page and Tom Taylor, book-ending a line centered by Feehan, showing strong offensive skills and a promise for Tiger hockey in years to come. Agressive play was also shown by the 'black line', centered by Bromfield Junior Andrew Aponas, and forwards Freshman Bryan Takvorian and Sophomore Eric Cash, who showed strong puck movement and had several scoring chances. Hudson-Catholic (@Groton School, 02/05) /Rich Takvorian