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The Littleton High School Junior Varsity Hockey team has begun its 2002-2003 season and is being coached by Karl Austermann and assisted by Al Aponas. The team is comprised of students from Littleton High School (Littleton) and Bromfield High School (Harvard). The JV got the season off on a strong note, registering a 3-1 win against Nashoba Tech in their home opener, and a 3-3 tie against a tough Lunenburg team. LHS got off to a fast start in their home opener at the Groton rink on 12/22, with a goal in the opening minute, scored by Sophomore center Andrew Aponas, assisted by Mike Knox and Mike Dargin. Littleton kept control of the play for most of the period, but with some misplays in their own end, gave up a tying goal that beat goaltender Pete Harvey. LHS came out with ready to go in the 2nd period, and got a nifty goal which proved to be the game winner, by Freshman center Bryan Takvorian on a nice steal at the blue line and then broke in alone and put away a shot to the Tech goalies glove side. LHS got an insurance goal in the 3rd from Freshman defenseman Mike Dargin, assisted by Tom Page and Damian Perry. Littleton fought off any further Nashoba Tech pressure to preserve the 3-1 win. In the second contest, played on Thursday, 12/26, LHS JV again struck first on a second period goal by Mike Knox, assisted by Andrew Aponas. When Lunenburg tied it up, back came the Tigers on a goal Tom Page, assisted by Jamie Newcombe and Eric Cash. LHS added another goal in the third period, this time by Tom Taylor, assisted by Andrew Aponas. The 3-1 margin didn't last long as Lunenburg fought back, with two late game goals. The game-tyer came with just one second left on the clock afterthey had pulled their goalie with six skaters on the ice. The JV hockey team is providing a strong showing and should prove to build as they season progresses. With an away game on December 29th at Oakmont, the next home game will be against Groton, 01/12, at 7pm. /Rich Takvorian
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Penalties cost LHS Varsity Icemen

Posted by Howard Schneider at Dec 29, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
They say you can't win hockey games when you're in the penalty box. This was very evident in the Littleton Tigers (2-2-0) Varsity hockey game Saturday, 12/28, against league leading Nortbridge (5-0-0) at the NorthStar Youth Forum. Northbridge made good on 5 of 6 powerplays to pave their way to a 7-5 victory against the Tigers. Although LHS struck first on a goal by Chris Austermann, the strong skating Northbridge team kept pressuring goalie Terrance Sullivan throughout, forcing him to make one strong save after another. With the score 2-1 Northbridge going into the second period, penalties began to cost the Tigers as Northbridge scored 3 late period goals to pull ahead 5-2. Littleton came out in the third period fired up and got a quick goal by Jason Schneider, but penalties again cost the Tigers as Northbridge again capitalized with two more goals. Late in the game, with the score 7-3 Northbridge, all seemed lost. But a late game flurry, led by Patrick Feehan's strong play and two goals, the Tigers finished off strong. Despite the late game heroics, they could not overcome the lead the Northridge had built and the score ended 7-5. Coach Schneider when asked about his teams play, "The penalties hurt, but we didn't give up and played strong to the very end". Scorers for Littleton included, Chris Austermann (1 goal/1 assist), Mike Kanniard (1 goal), Jason Schneider (1 goal/2 ssists), and Patrick Feehan (2 goals/1 assist). A.J. Aponas and Matt Coole each had 2 assists. Goalie Terrence Sullivan made 20 saves. The LHS Varsity team play away at Worcester on 12/30, and return home on Saturday, January 4th, for a game against Lunenburg at the Groton School Rink, 6pm start time. \Rich Takvorian
There was a special feeling in the air as the Littleton High School varsity hockey team took to the ice in their first home game of this young season at the Groton School rink Saturday night. And special it was as the large hometown crowd from LHS and Bromfield High School in Harvard cheered on the Tigers in their second convincing victory of the week with a 6-1 win over Central Mass. division 3 opponent Murdock. Freshman Jason Schneider spearheaded the Tigers' offensive attack and registered his second hat trick of the young season. Schneider scored once in each period and topped it off with two assists. Andrew Aponas, Pat Feehan and Mike Kanniard scored the other trio of goals. Feehan, playing in his first game of the season, passed out three assists. Joe Graham, Matt Coole, Chris Austermann and A.J. Aponas added one setup each. Goaltender Terrance Sullivan continued his steady performance in net as he stopped 22 of 23 shots in the contest. The Tigers are off to an impressive 2-1 start, with Schneider emerging as the catalyst in the teams offensive attack, personally tallying seven goals and six assists so far this season. The offensive lines and defensive units are showing strong signs of a rapidly maturing team and are providing an entertaining and exciting venue for their fans. By Rich Takvorian
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Freshman step up in Varsity hockey win

Posted by Howard Schneider at Dec 19, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The Littleton High School varsity ice hockey team got its season going in full swing, led by five goals scored in a single game by freshman Chris Austermann when the Tigers scored their first regular season game victory over Central Mass foe Nashoba Tech 8-5 on Dec. 18. Head coach Howie Schneider, pleased with the Jamboree showing the past weekend, said he was looking for "a good team effort" in the Nashoba Tech game, Dec. 18 at the Chelmsford forum. The team didn't disappoint as they came out with a burst of energy, caught their opponents off guard and struck early for three goals in the first period. Nashoba made some adjustments in between the periods and came out early in the second with a brief burst of their own, tying the game with three quick goals in the period. But that was short-lived as the Tigers quickly grabbed the momentum back with two goals within 18 seconds of each other and virtually snuffed out any further Nashoba attack. All three offensive lines played extremely well, the defense held their own, and goaltenders Sullivan and Harvey kept Nashoba at bay with their work between the pipes. The offensive barrage of the Schneider-Austermann-Coole line provided the game's most exciting moments as they scored all eight goals for LHS. What's most impressive with this achievement is the line boasts two freshman - Austermann and Jason Schneider. The trio showed excellent puck control and movement throughout the contest, keeping Nashoba off of their game while pressing in the offensive zone. Austermann's five goals were a career-high. Junior Matt Coole chipped in two and Schneider contributed the eighth point, along with six assists. Pleased with his teams effort, Coach Schneider said it was an "excellent team effort - freshman stepped up in a big way." The win over Nashoba Tech came after an opening night loss against Groton-Dunstable. They tied against Murdock then beat Fitchburg in the Jamboree tune-up tournament Dec. 15 in Fitchburg. Upcoming games during the Christmas break include contests on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Northbridge and Monday, Dec. 30, at Worcester. By Rich Takvorian
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Groton defeats Littleton 4-3 in opener.

Posted by Howard Schneider at Dec 15, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The Littleton High School Varsity Hockey team has begun its 2002-2003 season. There are many changes to the Tigers this year, including a new coaching staff, headed up by Howie Schneider, and assisted by coaches Jack McCatherin, Al Aponas, Karl Austermann and team manager Mark Mizzoni. The team is comprised of students from Littleton High School (Littleton) and Bromfield High School (Harvard).

With the vacancy formed from the departure of 6 seniors from last years team, the coaching staff has put together a competitive squad and has done so with a focus on developing the team for now and the future. The team boasts 2 Seniors (A.J. Aponas and A.J. Rauker), 8 Juniors (Myles Blain, Matt Coole, Pat Feehan, Joe Graham, Peter Harvey, Joe Huber, Mike Kanniard, and Terrance Sullivan), 3 Sophomores (Andrew Aponas, Eric Cash, and Jameson Martin), and 8 Freshman (Chris Austermann, Mike Dargin, Jamie Newcombe, Danny Roop, Tom Page, Jason Schneider, Bryan Takvorian and Tom Taylor).

The team began its season last Saturday night with a game against host Groton-Dunstable to a capacity crowd at the Groton School rink. The game was highlighted by a hat-trick from Freshman center Jason Schneider and a strong goaltending performance by Junior goaltender Terrance Sullivan. LHS lost 4-3, within the last two minutes of the game in a tight contest but came away with a lot of promise for this young season.

Both teams came out tentative in the early goings, with two minutes gone before the first shot on net. G-D struck first with a goal after 5 minutes into the contest on a shot that beat netminder Sullivan on his top glove side. G-D seemed to have the edge in scoring opportunities in the early going but Littleton's defense held them off. LHS seemed to be sparked late in the first period after a breakaway-saving sweep check by defenseman Dan Roop off of a streaking G-D forward, and began to control play.

Schneider got the first of his goals shortly thereafter on a nifty move starting from the left side in the G-D end, and sweeping to the middle laying a soft touch goal that beat the sprawling G-D goalie to his stick side. The period ended with the score tied at 1-1.

LHS carried the momentum into the 2nd period and pulled ahead in the early going with another goal by Schneider, this time starting at center ice and racing past the defenders before finishing off his shot that found the back of the net. Midway through the period G-D regained the momentum and scored on a shorthanded bid off of a shot that took a strange bounce off of the boards behind the net and came out front where a G-D forward put it home. With the game now tied at 2 it was up to Sullivan to shut things down and he did so until early in the 3rd when G-D scored on a power play to temporarily regain the lead. LHS fought hard and came back with 5:45 left to play to tie it at 3-3 on Schneider's third goal. The rest of the game was very tight, until with 1:45 left, G-D showed some strong puck movement in the LHS end and scored the game-winner on a strong low shot from the blue line, screening Sullivan for the final 4-3 tally.

The Tigers are playing exciting hockey and all are urged to come out and cheer them on. The first home game will be held at the Groton school this coming Saturday, 12/21, vs. Murdock, at 6pm.

By Rich Takvorian