2004′s Ready to Go
EDMONTON, AB - The Bruins players and families spent Saturday traveling across continent to Edmonton for the Brick Super Novice Invitational. This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of this special event.
The Bruins come into the tournament with a 15-2-2 record and off a strong showing last weekend advancing to the title game of the 2003 Division of the Icebreaker tournament. The team has a tough road to get to the playoff round as the B’s draw the Montreal Ice Storm, Winnipeg Jr. Jets, Toronto Bulldogs, BC Junior Canucks, Saskatchewan Jr. Pats and Team Minnesota.
Sunday, June 29
The team headed to The Mall on Sunday for an exhibition with the CT. Yankees. The B’s thought they were still at the hotel sleeping during the first period as the Yankees took it to them and got out to a 1-0 lead. The B’s slowly got back into the game and Chris Delaney scored to tie the game up.
The Yankees got the lead right back and, as they would all game, forced the Bruins to play catch up. This time is was a perfectly executed neural zone forecheck that led to an odd man rush with Micheal Callow moving the puck to Delaney who fed Brady Berard who ripped it past a fallen Yankees goalie to tie the game.
After the Yankees took the lead again it was Liam Bard’s turn to tie it up with Brian Grant picking up the assist.
With the Bruins whistled for a penalty with a few minutes to go they gave up a power play goal that proved to be the game winner.
The team plays their first round robin game monday morning against the Montreal Ice Storm.
Monday, June 30
Junior Bruins-4 (3OT)
Montreal Ice Storm-3
It’s been almost 7 months since the team’s first day at tryouts and just under three months since the team stepped on the ice together at the opening practice on April 16th. The time to march towards the Brick title is finally upon the team.
The B’s drew a tough day one needed to play twice in one day and opening with their rivals to the north, the Montreal Ice Storm. The B’s got out to a strong start dominating play in the first period and the score could easily have been 2-0 or 3-0 but the Habs’ goalie stood tall. Montreal got on the board first just :15 seconds into the second period and put the B’s on their heels. The began to turn the tide and got the game even when Brady Berard ripped a shot to tie the game at 1-1 with 5:26 to go in the second period.
After the teams hit the ice again after the second period flood it was Berard again who used his heavy shot to find the back of the net. Jackson Dorrington set up his first goal and Chris Delaney picked up the helper on the go ahead goal. The Storm tied it less than five minutes later and it was back to work for the black and hold. William Hughes banged home a loose puck in front of the Storm net and gave the Bruins another lead with just 3:42 to go. The team looked to be heading to 1-0 with just seconds remaining but, with the goalie pulled, the Storm tied it up with just :15 left in the game.
The teams played 3-3 for two minutes and then 2-2 for another two minutes and the game was not decided so it was on to a shootout. Berard scored his third of the game and Brendan Flanagan stopped all three shots he faced giving the B’s the OT win.
“It would have been nice to get the full 3 points for a regulation win but we are excited to get our first win under our belts,” coach Chris Masters commented. “We will need to get some rest and get focused again for our game tonight.”
Monday, June 30
Winnipeg Jr. Jets-1
It was another dominating start for the Bruins, who didn’t look at all tired from their earlier game, as they came out and poured 13 shots on the Jets’ net while only giving up two shots on goalie Andy Hassey. The couldn’t find the back of the net and heading in the second frame tied at 0-0.
It was in the second, still carrying play, that the B’s gave a goal at the end of a power play and now were down 1-0 and it would stay that way heading into the third. All season the team has played their best in the final period and this would hold true again as the B’s scored off the opening face-off while on the power play. Chris Delaney won the face-off to his left side and Frankie D’Ancona collected the pass, skated down the left-wing side a ripped a shot from 30′ out that tied the game.
Delaney scored the eventual game winner five minutes later when he banged home a rebound.
It would stay that way till the final minute and the B’s were faced with another goalie pulled situation and a face-off to Hassey’s right. William Hughes won the draw back to the corner where Chris Romaine ripped it around the wall to Ethan Johnson who collected it and had the presence of mind to skate it over the red line before taking a shot at the empty net. When he did, it was dead center and closed out the scoring.
“Great job by the kids to come out with a dominating third period and play as hard and well as they did despite it being their 6th period of the day. Picking up 5 of a possible 6 points in one day is a great start.
Frankie D’Ancona and CJ Beals named as stars of the game.
Tuesday, July 1
Toronto Bulldogs-4 (OT)
The Bruins played the Bulldogs in April and the teams played to a 4-4 tie and the ‘Dogs are always one of the tournament favorites so the Bruins knew they would be in for a battle.
Today it was the Bruins, after a scoreless first period, got the scoring started when Frankie D’Ancona picked up a rebound goal off a William Hughes shot to give the team a 1-0 lead. It would stay that way till the Bulldogs tied it up late in the second period. The teams would head into the locker rooms tied at 1-1.
It seemed to be a carbon copy of the start of the third against Winnipeg as the Bruins scored just seconds into the 3rd when Chris Delaney, off a Jackson Dorrington shot, banged home a rebound to give the B’s a lead again. The game was tied up with under 10 minutes to go in the third and it was time to get back to work for the B’s. It stayed tied till the final minute when Michael Callow finished off a beautiful give and go play through the neutral and offensive zone with :40 to play.
So, for the third game in a row, the Bruins needed to salt the game away with the other teams’ goalie pulled. Their hearts were broken when the Bulldogs won a face-off in the Bruins’ zone, moved the puck down the wall and then another pass to a Bulldogs player behind the net who fed it in front for a tap in goal with just :18 to play and forced overtime.
In OT, the B’s couldn’t put the ‘Dogs away and lost in the opening minute.
“Tough finish for us but we will bounce back and be ready to go tomorrow morning,” coach Masters commented. “We played so well for much of the game but just need to learn to finish games off. We will learn from this and be better next time. This is a great group of kids and they are a resilient group and I expect our best effort of the year tomorrow against Saskatchewan.”
Chris Delaney named as a star of the game.
Wednesday, July 2
BC Junior Canucks-3
Both teams knew today’s game would go a long way in determining their fate and both came out tentative and felt each other out in the first period. A premium was put on defense and the Canucks put only three shots on net while the B’s could muster only 4.
The second period was another story as the Bruins defensive core of Owen Paskowski, CJ Foley, Jackson Dorrington, CJ Beals, Brian Grant and Chris Romaine continued their stellar play and helped to limit the boys from Vancouver to only 3 shots again. The B’s special teams got cooking and got power play goals from Romaine and Frankie D’Ancona to give the B’s a 2-0 lead at the break.
A nice trend for the 2014 Brick team was a strong start in the third period and scoring a goal in the opening seconds. This time it was Michael Callow who made it 3-0 just :15 second into the final period after Brady Berard forced a neutral zone turnover. Just two minutes later Shane Taddia forced a turnover on the wall and went in and ripped one past the Canucks goalie with Liam Bard providing a screen in front. The barrage continued just over a minute later and the score was run to 5-0 when CJ Foley drilled a hard shot from the right point.
The B’s went to sleep for a few minutes once the game was in hand the the Canucks scored some garbage time goals to make it seem closer than it was. Brendan Flanagan picked up the win in net and D’Ancona and Callow were named stars of the game.
“This was a big win for us,” Coach Masters commented. “The Canucks are always a tough team, a perennial playoff team and were in the finals a year ago. A loss would have put us in a tough spot the rest of the way so the way the kids played is encouraging if we advance to the playoffs or have a “must win game”. This wasn’t “must win” but it was close and the boys put together their best game of the tournament at crunch time. It’s certainly an encouraging sign.”
Thursday, July 3
Saskatchewan Jr. Pats-2
With a win in regulation play (3 points) the Bruins would virtually assure themselves of a playoff spot and would still have 1st place in the division in hand and a potential “bye” into the semi finals.
The B’s got on the board first in an evenly played first period when Michael Callow tipped a CJ Foley shot from the point on the power play. That goal was scored just 6 minutes into the game, unfortunately for the black and gold, that would be the last time they found the back of the net.
The B’s would control play the rest of the game and out-shoot the Pats 19-5 in the final two periods. Despite that wide margin they couldn’t grow their lead and gave up a goal in the second period and the third and lost, 2-1.
Michael Callow was named a star of the game.
“While we controlled play and out-shot them by a nearly 3-1 margin we just didn’t seem to have “it” this morning. It now puts our backs against the wall and, depending on what happens the rest of the day, we may be in a win and advance or lose and go home game tomorrow against Minnesota. This team has shown great resiliency all year and have always answered the bell so I am confident we will bounce back and play well tomorrow,” coach Masters said following the game.
Friday, July 4
When Thursday’s games finished the picture for the Brick team was clear…win and head on to the playoffs, lose and the dream dies. The Bruins were in control of their destiny and with a win, whether in regulation or in overtime, moves them on and knocks Team Minnesota out. If the B’s scored a regulation win and picked up the three full points and if Montreal lost to Vancouver later in the day the B’s would earn the second seed in their division.
The teams had met twice before with the Bruins scoring a 6-1 victory in a round robin game and a 3-1 victory in the finals of the Boston Showdown in May. In a must win game the Bruins came out flying! While the score was only 2-0 after two periods, and technically anyone’s game, the Bruins out-shot the Minnesota boys by a 25-9 margin. Chris Delaney scored a short-handed goal to get the scoring started in the first period and it was a Brady Berard power play marker in the second that staked the team to the 2-0 lead.
While still on the power play, off the opening face-off, Berard skated down the left-wing side and ripped one past the Minnesota goalie to make it a 3-0 game. The blitz continued just :43 later when Frankie D’Ancona finished off a CJ Foley, Chris Delaney play on the power play. The 4-0 lead was powered by a short-handed goal and three straight power play markers.
Minnesota scored to make it 4-1 before D’Ancona and Ethan Johnson finished off the scoring for the Bruins. Minny added a late goal to make it a 6-2 and send the Bruins on to the playoff round. Only thing left was to wait and see if they would play Team Brick Alberta or the Detroit Red Wings. A Montreal loss means the Bruins draw Detroit in the quarterfinals and a Montreal win pits the B’s against the hometown Brick Alberta.
“What a performance the kids put on, they didn’t stop for a shift and, in a must win game, played their best. Not always easy to do coming off a bad loss and in a pressure packed situation like they were in,” coach Masters commented. “This is a great group and a fun team to work with, I can’t wait for tomorrow and our playoff game. If we play well, I like our chances.”
Brady Berard and Chris Delaney were named stars of the game.
Saturday, July 5
Detroit Red Wings-2
If it’s a Saturday morning in Edmonton then you know have earned a playoff berth at the Brick. The B’s, with their 4-1-1 record earned them the #2 seed in the 1st Division and that means they play the #3 seed from the 2nd Division. That #3 seed are the Detroit Red Wings, who also had a 4-1-1 round robin record.
The B’s were dominating in the first period out shooting the Wings 12-4 but it was the red and white that got on the board first scoring at the 10:45 mark. Just twenty seconds later Michael Callow, on a Berard/Delaney set up tied the game with a power play marker. The B’s special teams would strike again, this time while short handed, when Delaney scored with just over a minute left in the first. It was a lead the Bruins would never relinquish.
After a scoreless second period, with both teams nearly suffocating the other offensively, the teams retreated to the locker room. In that second frame the B’s came up with only a shot on net while holding Detroit to just three.
Callow scored his second of the game, again with Delaney and Berard picking up helpers, to give the B’s a 3-1 lead. Detroit would not go down without a fight and poured 13 shots on net in the third but Brendan Flanagan stood tall making 12 saves. He did get beat with just under seven minutes to go and the B’s, again, stared down the barrel of a desperate team needing a goal to send the game to OT. This time the B’s answered the call and Frankie D’Ancona scored with :48 on clock it put the game out of reach and the B’s won their frist ever playoff game at the Brick.
Michael Callow and Chris Delaney were named stars of the game.
Saturday, July 5
Toronto Pro Hockey-5
Waiting for the 04′s was the #1 seeded Toronto Pro Hockey. They had a bye into the semi finals and it was the first time the teams had met this season.
After a scoreless first period PH got on the board six minutes into the second period. William Highes struck back on a wrap around with Shane Taddia and Brian Grant picking up assists. Just two mintues later PH got the lead again and, with the B’s whistled for a penalty, stetched the lead to 3-1 with 1:22 left in the second.
As was the case all tournament, the Boston boys came out fighting and Taddia, from Jackson Dorrington, scored just two minutes in the third and cut the lead to 3-2. The full comeback was not to be as PH pulled away in the third and went on to win the 25th Brick tournament the next day.
The B’s ended the Brick with a 5-2-1 record and an overall season record of 20-4-2.
“This was an incredible group of kids,” coach Masters commented. “They certainly represented Boston and the Junior Bruins and showed the hockey world how talented they are. This was as fun a team to coach as I have ever worked with. The players, parents, practices, games, trips…you name it, I had fun with them. This team epitomizes what this experience is all about, ego’s checked at the door, team first attitude and they were relentless workers. This is a team I will never forget, they have a lot to be proud of.”
2014 Brick Tournament Standings