Hub Cup Champs
Bruins Take Hub Cup, 5-1
BRIDGEWATER, MA-After playing the waiting game to see if, and who they would play, in the semi finals the Bruins got the job done beating the Bandywine Selects in the semi finals, 2-1, and then topping the Walpole Express, 5-1, for the championship.
Saturday afternoon the Bruins needed a big win and they got just that pounding the Express USA team, 9-0. Bryan Kriner and Joe Pendenza each scored twice while Cody Learned, Paul Cinquegrana, Wayne Simpson and Justin Mansfield scored singletons.
In the semi finals the B’s got goals Kriner and Logan Romano. Kriner scored on a Mansfield set up while Romano scored a nice goal taking a feed from Zach Sandonato on the half wall and then took it to the net hard scoring the game winner.
In the finals, the Bruins caught the Walpole Express tired, and they jumped on them early and did not look back. The Express came off a multiple OT semi final and they had nothing left in the tank. Kriner had a big weekend and capped it off with a hat trick. Colin Shea scored on a breakaway and Joe Pendenza rounded out the scoring.
“These guys played great all weekend,” coach Andy Powers commented. “I told them to get us to Sunday and I will take care of the rest,” he joked. “Witt was superb all weekend and really bailed us out when we got running around early in the tournament.”
The B’s were shorthanded all weekend playing with only 6-7 forwards each game due to three players “bailing” on their commitment to the team the day of the tournament. “It is amazing to see that players can so easily just not show up and follow through on their commitment,” Chris Masters commented. “It affects the whole team and how the weekend can go. It is so tough to win with such a short bench and winning the tournament was that much more rewarding because of it. A player not showing and “bailing” on a team not only affects the coaches and team but also the other players and families who made the commitment and showed up to play. It was good to see it did not affect the players this time around.”