Empire Final Four Re-Cap
EMPIRE FINAL FOUR RECAP
B’s Advance to Championship Game for 3rd Straight Year
MARLBORO, MA-The Bruins are going to their third consecutive Empire Jr. Hockey League championship game after going 3-0 in round robin play and have an Empire playoff lifetime record of 22-1-1 heading into the finals.
ONE MORE TIME
B’s One Win from Empire Title
MARLBORO, MA-Sunday morning the Junior Bruins and NH Jr. Monarchs had to play their final round robin game before the championship game later in the afternoon.
Since the finals were already decided-Bruins vs. Monarchs-regardless of the outcome of the Sunday AM game, it was not a highly contested affair. The Bruins won, nonetheless, and remain the top seed for the championship game.
The Bruins won 3-0 behind goals by Logan Romano, Mike Kerdock and Matt Manzella. Petie von Rosenvinge pitched the shutout.
PENDENZA TRICKS PENS
On to the Finals for the Bruins
MARLBORO, MA-A win on Saturday and the Bruins would find themselves in their third straight championship game. They got just that in a wild affair at NESC.
The Bruins got a hat trick from Joey Pendenza, along with two assists, in a 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins. The B’s got a five assist game from Justin Mansfield and Max Barron collected his 100th point on the year when he scored a beauty of a goal that also gave the B’s a 5-3 lead in the third. The B’s went on to score two more and close the game out by a 7-3 score. The Bruins next play the NH. Jr. Monarchs on Sunday morning in a game that means little other than who will be the home team in the title game on Sunday afternoon. Both teams, regardless of the outcome of the Sunday morning game, have qualified for the Empire Title game.
B’s WORK OT MAGIC…AGAIN
Sandonato to the Rescue
MARLBORO, MA-Friday, in the late afternoon, Zach Sandonato wristed a shot to the net from the left wing corner that beat Syracuse Stars goalie Eric Sorenson to send the B’s piling onto the ice in celebration in the opening game of the Empire Final Four.
This is the second game in a row the B’s needed extra time to get a win. Earlier in the game forward Max Barron scored his 47th goal of the year to tie the game.
The story of the game, however, was goalie Clay Witt who is playing his best hockey of the year. Witt made 18 saves in the win with several of the spectacular variety.