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Starting on Tuesday, July 8th, optional Summer Off Ice / Dry land training will begin. Time: 6:30-8:00 PM Place: Littleton High School - meet by the Gym entrance Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, thru July and August
Littleton/Bromfield High School hockey is riding a very positive wave and should continue for the foreseeable future. For the second year in a row, the varsity team made it into the state Division III tournament. Of particular note was the fact that this years was viewed as a 'rebuilding' year at the start of the season. There was a new coaching staff coming in, six players from last years team had graduated, there were only two seniors on the squad, and eight freshman players were added. Who would have predicted a tournament birth with these odds stacked against them? Credit the players and coaches for accomplishing the improbable, in particular, the fifth best record (out of twenty three teams) in Central Mass High School hockey. Dedication and hard work got the team prepared for the season. Coming together as a 'team' is what made the difference. The season started out as expected, with an opening night loss, and a few seesaw wins and losses. But the team seemed to gel at the midpoint of the season and rifled off a nine-game unbeaten string (eight wins, one tie) in that stretch, and made believers out of the rest of the league. Moreover, as they amassed a 13-5-2 record, they had won respect from other teams, as no one wanted to face these Tigers in the tournament. The Tigers may not have won the tournament, but they left an imprint on the minds of everyone, in that they will be a team to be reckoned with for years to come. Coach Schneider's comments on his rookie season, "We had an outstanding season. It's a very young team as indicated by our 4-4-1 start. After the team matured, we went 9-2-1 with the last one a tough 3-2 loss in the final 2 minutes of the state tournament. We lose only two seniors and have several strong 8th graders so we should be very competitive next year." Tiger footnotes:
- Congrats to the Tigers Central Mass All-Stars including
- Jason Schneider, who led all of Central Mass in all scoring categories with 40 goals and 30 assists.
- Patrick Feehan, who was fifth in Central Mass scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists
- and to goalie Terrance Sullivan with a 90.5 save percentage, ranking him as one of the top netminders in the league.
- At the teams end-of-season banquet the following awards were issued by the coaching staff: Most Improved Player - AJ Aponas; MVP (co-awards);Jason Schneider and Terrance Sullivan; All Around Player - Patrick Feehan; Tiger Pride Award - Matt Coole.
- Best of luck to outgoing seniors, AJ Aponas and AJ Rauker and thanks for their contributions to the team through the year.
- A salute to the rest of the team for providing an exciting and memorable hockey season, including Chris Austermann, Myles Blain, Eric Cash, Mike Dargin, Joe Graham, Pete Harvey, Joe Huber, Mike Kanniard, Jameson Martin, Jamie Newcombe, Dan Roop, Tom Page, Bryan Takvorian and Tom Taylor.
- Congrats on a fine season to JV players, Matt Moniz, Damian Perry, Mike Knox, Matt Serio, and Ben Randall.
- A job well done to the coaching staff, including, Howie Schneider, Al Aponas, Jack McCatherin, Karl Austermann, and coordinator Mark Mizzoni.
- Special recognition to the behind the scenes volunteers, including Cindy Takvorian (food coordinator for those long bus rides), Allison Theriault ('the voice of the Tigers'), Cheryl Oneill (stats), Millie (tickets), Helen Hamm and the other bus drivers, to all the moms for their support (and dads), and brothers and sisters for being great and boisterous fans
- An entertaining Tiger Alumni game was held this past Sunday at the Groton School rink where players and coaches of the past suited up for a game against today's Tigers. The alumni included some notable past players (Tom Feehan (00), Josh Poor (01), Jesse Cook (01), Brian Mizzoni (02), Pat Malone (02), Jeff Whalen (02), Dana Gilpatrick (02), Jeff Fiddler (02)) and past/present coaches (Andy Pickering, Roger Hall, Jack McCatherin, Al Aponas, Karl Austermann, and Howie Schneider), and special guest 'Brian, the zamboni guy'. No one was sure of the exact final score, but it really didn't matter as the fans were treated to one more enjoyable night of Tiger hockey!
The Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team, participating for the 2nd year in a row in the MIAA tournament, suffered a last minute heartbreaking loss to Wachusett, 3-2, in opening round tournament action last Friday at the Groton School rink. The fifth seeded Tigers took to the ice proudly in front of an overflowing home crowd, including students, parents, friends and family members all decked out in the Tigers blue and gold. Players from both sides were introduced individually to a thunderous ovation in recognition of both teams achievement in making it into the tournament. The battle then began. The Tigers were the early aggressors, as Wachusett seemed to be playing back on their heels, and pressed offensively by keeping the puck in their opponents end. At around the ten minute mark, the Tigers pressure paid off as Junior Matt Coole put in a goal to the top glove side, set up from some strong passing from behind the net by line mates Junior Pat Feehan and Freshman Jason Schneider. Wachusett woke up at that point and skated right along with the Tigers, and eventually tied the game up at the midpoint of the period with a goal of their own. Junior Tiger goalie, Terrance Sullivan, continued to work his magic between the pipes, stopping shots from opponents. The two-way action continued in the second period, when, a pivotal play occurred. The Tigers were pressing at around the nine minute mark, and Junior Joe Graham let go a blistering shot from the left point which seemed to catch the Wachusett goalie off guard. The puck popped up from his glove and was flipping in the air into the net. In an amazing acrobatic move, the puck was stopped from crossing the goal line by a diving defenseman who swatted it away. A truly spectacular play which, given the final score of the game, was probably 'the key' play of the contest. The Tigers temporarily regained the lead, 2-1, as Feehan let loose with a solid wrist shot as he was skating into the opponents end, off of a feed from center ice from Schneider and Coole. This was short-lived as Wachusett came right back with a tying goal less than 24 seconds later, picking up a bouncing puck in front of the net and putting it by Sullivan. Wachusett then showed a strong defensive front throughout the remainder of the game, keeping Tiger sharpshooters away from amassing any further major sustained attack. The third period seemed to go byvery quickly, and then with a littlemore than a minute remaining, Wachusett showed some strong passing, resulting in the game winning goal, 3-2. With little time left on the clock, the Tigers could not get the equalizer, and the game ended. Total shots were 31-18 in favor of Wachusett. As the Wachusett fans celebrated, the Tiger faithful temporarily stood shocked and silent, yet rebounded with a thundering ovation in appreciation for their warriors as they skated off the ice. Coach Schneider, expressed pride in his team and their future. "We had a truly great season, and yes we're disappointed, but we far exceeded our expectations. This is a terrific group of kids. We'll get 'em next year." /Rich Takvorian
The end of the season hockey banquet has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 11 at 5PM at the Littleton High School. More details to follow.
The Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team ended the regular season on a high note, shutting out Coughlin Conference opponent Murdock, 3-0, last Friday in Winchendon at the Clark Memorial Rink. The Tigers, healthy again, took to the ice approaching the game as a tune-up for the upcoming MIAA 2003 Central Mass Division 3 tournament. For Murdock, this game was meaningless, as they sat alone at the bottom of the standings in the conference. To the Tiger faithful on hand, this game was scary, not from the score, but from the way the opponents unruly tactics rolled out. Possibly knowing that they couldn't beat the Tigers with finesse, and, with nothing to lose, they came out with a physical game plan. It was clear from the opening faceoff that they were targeting Central Mass scoring leader Jason Schneider, with fierce checks whenever he grabbed the puck. They then turned their agression to the rest of the team. The Tigers showed their poise as they put three goals away in the first period. The first coming within the first five minutes off of the stick of Freshman Chris Austermann, putting home a rebound from an initial slapshot from Sophomore defenseman Jameson Martin. The second goal came a few minutes later on a power play goal from Senior AJ Aponas from in front of the net. The Murdock ruffian tactics then took over as they began to double team on their checks, and resulted in forcing Tiger goalie Terrance Sullivan out of the game, injuring the netminder as he attempted to clear the puck from behind his net. Keeping their cool, the Tigers retaliated on the resulting powerplay, with an impressive goal by Junior Patrick Feehan, who, after taking the puck at the opponents blue line, weaved his way past multiple defenders, and put away the third Tigers goal to the right side of the Murdock goalie. The second period got ugly, as Murdock continued their physical play, many times with sticks held high ramming into Tiger players and throwing their bodies around. The Tigers kept their composure, but it came at a cost. Their scrappy center iceman, Tiger Junior Mike Kanniard, was hit with a viscious check as he attempted to work within the Murdock end, and was layed out momentarily on the ice motionless. Kanniard walked off on his own power, but was sent to the hospital as a precaution, to nurse a concussion. Seven penalties were assessed to Murdock in this period, including a game ejection. The third period was uneventful, as the referees seized control of the game, and ensured a controlled remainder of the game. Goalie Pete Harvey, along with his teammates, maintained control of the lead, and registered the Tigers second shutout of the season. The Tigers have ended the regular season with an impressive 13-5-2 record, tied for fifth best overall in Central Mass division 3 hockey, and have been assured a home game in the first round of the tournament. This game is scheduled for tomorrow, 02/28, at the Groton Rink, 6pm, against Wachusett (11-7-2). Go Tigers! /Rich Takvorian