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Practices added week of 2/24

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 5, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The following practices have been added: Monday, February 24: 4:30-5:40 PM Groton Rink 2 Tuesday, February 25: 4:30-5:40 PM Groton Rink 1 Wednesday, February 26: 4:30-5:40 PM Groton Rink 2 A state game will be scheduled on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
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LHS JV hockey back, But Rusty

Posted by Howard Schneider at Feb 3, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
At a game played last Sunday at the Salem IceCenter rink, the Littleton/Bromfield High School Junior Varsity Hockey team lost a tough contest against a highly spirited Top Gun team. Timing was off for the local icemen, as the team seemed to be a step behind in the first period, and they paid dearly. At the end of the period they had dug themselves in a deep hole allowing their opponents to score six unanswered goals. With the Tigers playing its first game in three weeks this let down performance was explainable. Goalie Pete Harvey did his best to stop the shots, and the defensive combinations, Matt Serio, Mike Dargin, Dan Roop, Miles Blain tried their best to stop the offensive flurries. But the aggressive play of the Top Gun team in the first period kept pressure on the locals, forcing the Tigers defense to perform back on their heels, and then for the team to attempt to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Tigers faired better in the second and third periods, playing evenly with the T-G team. However, offensive bursts by the lines of Bryan Takvorian/Tom Page/Eric Cash, Tom Taylor/Joe Huber/B Randall, and Matt Moniz/Damian Perry/Mike Knox, were not enough to make up the difference. The JV Tigers play an away game at the New England Sports Center Complex in Marlboro, at 5:30pm, 02/07, against Assabet and return for their next home game this Sunday, 02/09, at 7pm, against Oakmont, at the Groton School rink. /Rich Takvorian
Improving their unbeaten streak to 6 games, the Tigers grabbed two victories over the past week against Division 3 opponents Hudson-Catholic and Northbridge. With these victories, the Tigers now stand at 9-4-2 and are moving closer to the goal of post-season play. Hudson Catholic (01/30) @NESC Easy Pickins' for LHS Icemen ----------------------------- The Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team traveled to the New England Sports Center on Wednesday, 01/29, for a game against Hudson-Catholic, and put on a multi-player scoring barrage. The spectators found out quickly that it was going to be a long night for H-C as they watched the Tiger machine crank out four goals in the first period alone, scored by four different players (Jason Schneider, AJ Aponas, Matt Coole and Patrick Feehan). Things didn't change much in the second period as the local icemen put on a clinic scoring another three goals, this time with two from Mike Kinniard and another tally from Schneider. Pete Harvey took the lions share of goal-tending duties as the Tigers kept the H-C puck carriers off the board entering the third period. Tiger fans have grown accustom to hoisting their hats onto the ice this season for Freshman sharpshooter Schneider, and this game proved no different as Schneider notched yet another hat trick early in the third. With the final tally by Freshman forward Tom Taylor. the Tigers coasted to a 9-2 victory. Total shots were indicative of the score, 53 for the Tigers, 17 for H-C. Northbridge (02/01) @Groton School Defining moment for LHS Icemen -------------------------------- At the Groton School Rink last Saturday night, the LHS hockey team hosted cross-conference rival Northbridge in what was expected to be a tight contest. Northbridge, leading the Russell Conference with only one loss this season, had previously beaten the Tigers in a lose game on their home ice a few weeks earlier, but this Tigers team has matured quite a bit since that time. It was expected to be a physical contest, and the 27 penalties in the game proved it. The Tigers, feeding off of the frenzy of their hometown fans, held the edge in play throughout the first period, and scored twice on goals by Matt Coole and Patrick Feehan (both goals assisted by Jason Schneider), while goalie Terrance Sullivan kept the opponents off the scoreboard. Northbridge, showing why they are leading their division, came out fired up in the second, and within the first five minutes, tied the game up at two. Less than a minute later, as has been the case on numerous times this season, the Tigers quickly struck back to tie the game on a goal by Jason Schneider, fed at center ice by LHS Freshman forwards Bryan Takvorian and Chris Austermann. The physical play continued throughout the rest of the game, and with the penalty box door resembling a revolving turnstile for both teams, the final period was scoreless until the final minute. With the Northbridge goalie pulled in attempt to tie the game up, Schneider put in an empty net goal to ice the Tigers victory, 4-2. The Tigers line of Bromfield Senior AJ Aponas, LHS Junior Mike Kinniard, and LHS Freshman Chris Austermann were the unsung heroes of this contest. They matched up toe-to-toe with their Northbridge counterparts, keeping the pressure on them and carrying play when they were on the ice. The bumps and bruises were felt in the trenches by the Tigers defensemen, led by co-captains AJ Rauker and Joe Graham, and Jameson Martin, Miles Blain, and Dan Roop, who with their collective play, protected goalie Sullivan throughout the contest. The Tigers are playing exciting hockey and are making a strong bid for post-season play. With 5 games left in the regular season, this team is speaking at the right time. Then next home contest is this coming Saturday night, at the Groton School rink, 6:30pm, against Grafton. /Rich Takvorian
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Tigers Tie on Buzzer-Beater

Posted by Howard Schneider at Jan 26, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The final game of the past week was the toughest and most exciting, played last Saturday night, against a tough Assabet Valley team on the Tiger's home ice, the Groton School. The standing room only crowd watched what appeared to be three different games played over the three periods of this contest. The first period was pretty evenly matched with not one team dominating and good play on both ends of the ice. The Tigers struck first on a goal by Freshman Jason Schneider off of a feed from co-captains Matt Coole and AJ Rauker. Nursing the 1-0 lead the Tigers fell flat in the second period and were plagued by penalties and watched the Assabet turn on the jets and put in four goals (three on the power play), to pull ahead to what seemed to be an insurmountable lead, 4-1 by the period's end. The third period was all Tigers, catching a now cocky Assabet team off-guard, brought the crowd to it's feet as they came storming back. As was the case with the Tiger's earlier, the Assabet team now were penalty plagued and the Tiger's took advantage, scoring two power play goals, both by Schneider (assists by Chris Austermann on one and Pat Feehan on the other), achieving yet another hat-trick. Goalie Terrance Sullivan, who was outstanding saving 32 of 36 shots he faced, was pulled in the last minute in an attempt to tie the game up. With the crowd anxiously watching and the clock ticking down, Coole passed the puck out front where a determined Pat Feehan ripped a shot into the net off the crossbar, to tie the game up, with only six seconds remaining. As the crowd erupted and the rafters of the rink shook, the Tigers skated off with a come from behind 4-4 tie. Freshman defenseman Mike Dargin commented on the teams attitude going into the third period, 'we were upset in the locker room with our play and came out in the third with a different attitude and we could sense a comeback in the air'. Comeback it was. /Rich Takvorian The Tigers next home game will be Saturday night, at the Groton school, at 6:30pm, against Northbridge.
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Tigers take revenge against long-time foe

Posted by Howard Schneider at Jan 23, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Looking to avenge a rare home loss (4-2) a few weeks ago to Lunenburg, the Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team came ready to play against their foe at the Wallace Civic Center last Monday night. For the local fans trekking their way in the cold to view the event, the Tigers didn't disappoint as they made good on their goal, with a dominating performance, beating Lunenburg, 5-1, for the first time in Tigers hockey history. The Tigers came out with guns firing, dominating on both ends of the ice. Catching their opponents off guard, the Tigers amassed 23 shots on the Lunenburg goaltender by the midway mark of the game, while Tigers goalie Terrance Sullivan saw only 5 weak opponent shots come his way. The Tigers struck first with less than 4 minutes into the contest, on a goal by Bromfield Junior Defenseman Miles Blain, with a shot from the point (assisted by Andrew Aponas). This was quickly followed by a goal by Freshman sharpshooter Jason Schneider, who after making some nifty moves around the net, broke free in front and put it home (assisted by Matt Coole/Patrick Feehan). In the 2nd period, Schneider, stealing the puck away at the opponents blue line, made good on a short-handed bid to put the Tigers up 3-0. Less than a minute later, co-captain LHS Junior Joe Graham sent in a blistering shot from the point, with Pat Feehan on the doorstep sending in the rebound. The remainder of the game exhibited back and forth action between both teams. When Bromfield Junior Joe Huber put in the Tiger's fifth goal (assisted by Schneider/Graham), the game concluded an impressive Tigers effort, 5-1. Total shots on net, Tigers (35) and Lunenburg (17). Lunenburg (@Wallace CC) Mon. 01/20 /Rich Takvorian