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Playing its third game in five nights, the Littleton/Bromfield Varsity High School Hockey team had a rare mid-week home game, against Blackstone-Millville. Although victorious in the game, there was plenty of concern by onlookers early on as the Tigers came out of the gate with seemingly lackluster play, allowing their opponents to hang with them through the midpoint of the contest, before finally taking control. The Tigers did strike first, as Bromfield Junior Defenseman Mile Blain, for the second game in a row, scored the first Tigers goal on a monstrous blast from the left circle (Assist: AJ Aponas/Chris Austermann). It was not until five minutes into the second period then the Tigers scored again, this time on a goal by Freshman forward Jason Schneider, who, after taking a feed at the blue line from inemate Pat Feehan broke in against the pesky defender and fought his way to a hard earned goal. Blackstone, not deterred, came quickly back and capitalized on a power play opportunity to tighten the game up again, making the score 2-1. With the crowd beginning to squirm in their seats, Schneider then took matters into his own hands and capitalized on a shorthanded bid, signaling the teams rallying cry. In the third period, the Tigers didn't look back, as Schneider go his hat trick early on (Assist: AJ Rauker) and then his 4th (Assist: Tom Taylor) shortly thereafter. Feehan contributed the 6th Tigers goal of the contest and the Tigers coasted the rest of the way to their 2nd victory of the week 6-2. Blackstone-Millville (@Groton School) Wed. 01/22 /Rich Takvorian
The Littleton and Bromfield High School Varsity Hockey team improved their record to (5-4-1) with a loss and a win against Westboro and Fitchburg in Central Mass Hockey action this past week. Last Wednesday found the team traveling to the NorthStar Youth Forum to face the hard-nosed strong defensive Westboro team. Westboro came out fast, scoring two goals in the opening period, while it's defense kept Littleton's sharpshooter's at bay stopping them time and time again from mounting any sustained attack. The Tigers frustration continued throughout the final two periods as they were stymied time and time again by the defensive prowess of Westboro. On the other end of the ice, Littleton's defense seemed off during the contest, as Westboro had numerous breakaways (onlookers counted 12) on Tigers goalie Terrance Sullivan. Credit Sullivan for a strong performance stopping several of those and other scoring opportunities (37 shots on net) to keep the Tigers within range. This game was a physical battle, with two Littleton players going down with injuries in the contest, and resulted in a disappointing 3-0 loss. Citing the teams frustration coach Schneider's post-game comments were "We were outplayed, outhit and lost most of the one on one battles. If not for Terrance, the score would have been much worse. Westboro played a very good game." Not to be held down for too long, the Tigers returned to some 'home cooking' on Saturday night at the Groton School rink and, in front of a standing room crowd, feasted on visiting Fitchburg. After both teams traded penalties in the early going, the Tigers struck first on a goal by junior Patrick Feehan, just outside the crease, picking up a loose puck in front of the net after a Jason Schneider feed. After a slight defensive lapse by the Tigers allowed Fitchburg to tie the game, the Tigers mounted a strong attack late in the period. At first Fitchburg's goalie had the answer, making several glove saves, but the Tiger's had the momentum, and score again late in the period on a nifty move in front of the net by Schneider putting away a shot that beat the goalie stickside. As they period ended Schneider struck again on a backhander as he skated across the crease in front of the goal. The Tigers struck again early in the second period, making the score 4-1, this time a power play goal, and the hat trick for Schneider, putting home a rebound off of a strong offensive setup by co-captain junior Matt Coole. Fitchburg fought back hard to make it 4-3, capitalizing on a power play opportunity, but as has been the case for most of the season, the Tigers quickly struck back on the second goal of the night for Feehan after some nifty passing by his linemates Schneider and Coole. The game then seemed to see-saw back and forth with both teams gaining occasional spurts of momentum with the Tiger's sealing the victory on an open net goal by Schneider late in the game. Strong goaltending performances and trading a few goals were exhibited by both teams and the Tigers came away with the victory, 6-4. The Tiger's now face their toughest test of the season, with three games this week, concluding with a home game this Saturday, at the Groton School Rink, 6pm, against Assabet. By Rich Takvorian
At a game played last Sunday at the Groton School rink, the Littleton High School Junior Varsity Hockey team got back to its winning ways with an impressive 4-1 victory over Groton-Dunstable. This game was as complete a game as played yet by the Tigers, with multiple players helping out in the scoring (G-Bryan Takvorian, Tom Page, Eric Cash, Andrew Aponas) and an excellent goaltending performance by Pete Harvey. For those in attendance this was an entertaining game with plenty of action on both ends of the ice. The Tigers seemed to hold an edge in play throughout the contest and won convincingly. Assisting on the goals, and with strong offensive performances, was Jamie Newcombe (assisting on two goals), Eric Cash and Tom Taylor. Defensively, holding G-D in check was the stong play of Matt Serio, Mike Dargin, and Dan Roop. The JV Tigers next home game is scheduled for Sunday, 01/26, at 7pm, against Nashoba Tech, at the Groton School rink. /Rich Takvorian
Lead by the impressive offensive play of Freshman Jason Schneider (factoring in on all goals scored) the Littleton and Bromfield High School Varsity Hockey team improved their record to (4-3-1) with a tie and a win against Fitchburg and Worcester in Central Mass Hockey action this past week. In a game at the Wallace Civic Center last Wednesday against rival Fitchburg, the Tigers came out surprisingly flat as they watched their opponent dominate offensively, controlling play and amassing 10 shots on goal in the first period. Goaltender Terrance Sullivan kept things in check mainly on his own and kept the opponents to just a 1-0 lead at first period intermission. With the wake up call given, the Tigers responded by coming out fired up in the second period, looking like a different team, and took control of play. All lines were clicking and the Tigers controlled the action, keeping Fitchburg off of their game. As the Tigers piled up 6 shots on net, including one that found the back of the net by Jason Schneider (assist by Patrick Feehan/Dan Roop), Fitchburg was held shotless until 9 minutes elapsed in the period. When asked about the turnaround in play, coach Schneider commented "Not a lot was said in the locker room between the periods. The kids were embarassed by their first period performance and it appears that they decided to do something about it". The third period was a seesaw battle, with Fitchburg benefitting from a few questionable penalties aginst the Tigers, and capitalized on one opportunity to pull ahead. But a scant 11 seconds later, Schneider got his 2nd goal of the game off of a feed from Patrick Feehan/Bryan Takvorian, and tied the game at 2-2. Strong defensive play the rest of the way, most notably by defenseman Joe Graham and Myles Blain, helped to preserve the 2-2 tie. Returning for a home game at the Groton school last Saturday, the Tigers next opponent was Worcester, who the Tigers beat earlier this season. With revenge on their mind, Worcester came out strong, but accumulated too many penalties, and watched as the Tigers capitalized on three power play chances (G-Chris Austermann, Jason Schneider, and Matt Coole). There were two stories in this game, the first being the outstanding performance of goaltender Terrance Sullivan, who with his hot glove, stopped quality shots time and time again from Worcester sharpshooters, and the amazing offensive performance of Schneider, recording his 3rd hat trick of the season and assisting on all others. Finding the back of the net also for the Tigers was Patrick Feehan (2 goals). The score ended with the Tigers going away, 7-2. The Tigers next home game will be at 6pm this Saturday, the 18th, at the Groton School rink, in a rematch against Fitchburg. /Rich Takvorian
The Littleton Tigers Varsity Hockey team rang out 2002 with a solid victory (4-2) against conference rival Worcester, but didn't ring in the new year as well with a loss against Lunenburg (3-1). The Tigers traveled to Worcester's Lake Avenue Arena for a game against Central Mass. Conference opponent Worcester, on 12/30, and came away with an impressive 4-2 win. This game appeared to be the most complete game played by the team to date, as their play was consistent on both offense and defense throughout. Littleton outshot Worcester 35-19 in the contest. Pat Feehan led the Tigers attack with two goals, and freshmen forwards Chris Austermann and Jason Schneider netted single goals each. The new year did not ring in as well, as the Tigers dropped their game last Satruday night, 3-1 to an aggressive and hungry Lunenburg team. Throughout the contest it appeared that the Tigers never could get on track on either end of the ice, as Lunenburg out-muslced and out-hustled their way to victory. The line of Jason Schneider, Patrick Feehan and Matt Coole show spurts of energy throughout the game, accounting for the lone Tigers goal (Schneider from Feehan and Coole) in the 2nd period, which had temporarily tied the game. But the back-checking and aggressive play of Lunenburg won out in the 3rd period as they came up with two goals to seal the victory. Post-game comments from parents in the stands echoed the same sentiment, "we just didn't look like we wanted the game as much as Lunenburg did". The Tigers (3 wins, 3 losses) get a chance to get back to their winning ways this week with a home game, Saturday, 01/11, 6pm, at the Groton rink with a rematch against Worcester By Rich Takvorian