2001-02-03 / Sports

Broad Channel Hockey Action Rangers, Bruins Play Hard Over Weekend

Broad Channel Hockey Action
Rangers, Bruins Play Hard Over Weekend

Broad Channel’s hockey teams finally got a few games in this weekend and posted a win, a tie, and two losses.

In a crowded weekend schedule the Ranger Division (eight to nine years old) took to the rink twice winning on Saturday and losing on Sunday. The
Bruin Division (10-11) tied on Saturday and also lost on Sunday. All the games were well played by both sides and provided some entertainment and fun for all involved.

In the Ranger win against Middle Village, Brendan Shea scored four
goals, Michael Doc scored one, Andrew Knee scored one, and Brian Wallace scored one for a total of seven goals in two periods. James Miele, Thomas Gullo, and Michael Casillo all played smart positional games and kept awesome pressure on MV throughout.

At the start of the third period BC led 7-2. Matt Gill, who had
stopped just about everything to this point, was beaten for three in a row on a great shot, a scramble in front, and a defensive zone breakdown. Suddenly it was 7-5 with several minutes left in the third. BC's team then pulled together nicely and came close to scoring a couple more but couldn't find the net. This led to big time drama as BC did a good job cutting down shots and getting good saves to hold on to the 7-5 victory.

In the Bruin tie against Astoria, BC once again faced a familiar
problem. Only five skaters and a goalie would have to play the whole way. To Nicky Stack, TJ Licausi, and Joanna Fleshe this would be business as usual.

Nicholas once again provided a hard forecheck, a tenacious backcheck, smart neutral zone play, and even roughs it up when necessary. TJ Licausi, small in stature but huge in heart and gut, provided much of the same. On defense Kevin Cavanaugh and Joanna Fleshe really had their hands full with Astoria’s speedy wingers, but did a great job in forcing people wide by cutting the angles to the net. When Astoria’s forwards got to the net Giacomo Bolon was there to turn shot after shot away.

All of this contributed to the type of day John Miele had. Every good
athlete has those games where they are "in the zone". This was one of those for John. He scored all seven of BC's goals (with everyone on BC picking up at least one assist). Three times he decked to his backhand, three times he scored on quick wrist shots, and once he found the puck during a scramble in front. All of this while playing a hard backchecking game, often making big defensive plays in his own end.

Final score was 7-7.

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