U18 Beantown Wrap Up
This past weekend, the Newbridge Academy Varsity Prep U18 team had the chance to play in the Fall Beantown Classic. The Beantown is one of the largest and most highly-scouted tournaments in North America. This weekend actually served as league games for the ECEL as well, as all round robin games were counted toward league standings.
The weekend actually began with a tour of Providence College, a top end NCAA Division I school. Both the U16 and U18 programs had the chance to get a tour of campus, including all of the hockey facilities. They were also able to watch and breakdown some clips with the Providence coaching staff.
The first game of the tournament saw the boys up against the New Hampshire Avalanche. After falling behind 2-0 early, the team responded in a big way, putting up 11 goals in an 11-4 victory. Alberto Pison led the way offensively with 4 goals and 2 assists, while Kurtis Lang put up 5 assists. Cameron Gale added 2 goals and 2 assists, while Christopher Piche had 2 goals and an assist. Parker Stewart chipped in two goals as well, while Noah Adams had the other. Victor Desjardins had the win in nets.
The second game of the tournament was against the North Shore Wings. It was a back and forth affair, but Newbridge came out on the losing end, 6-4 (empty net goal). Once again, Alberto Pison led the charge offensively, scoring a goal and adding three helpers. Newcomer Ryan Nause added a goal and an assist, while Kurtis Lang and Christopher Piche had the other goals. Gavin McGinn was solid in nets.
One of the top teams in the ECEL, Elite Hockey Academy, was the opponent for the final round robin game. Once again, it was a highly spirited affair, and a very entertaining game overall. When the final horn sounded, Newbridge again found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-1 score. Parker Stewart had the lone goal, while Victor Desjardins was very strong in nets, giving his team a chance to win.
The team did not qualify for the playoff round, so they had an opportunity to go back to Providence College to attend a game vs Boston University. The boys had a great time and some were able to experience an NCAA hockey atmosphere for the first time.
Overall, despite coming away with more losses than wins, the team certainly grew as a cohesive unit both on and off the ice. The exposure they gained to both NCAA and Major Junior scouts was huge as well. After the first two events of the season, the team is sitting in 4th place in the 11-team league. Also, Alberto Pison currently leads the league scoring race with 19 points in 7 games, while Kurtis Lang is second with 15 points. Christopher Piche, Matt Duggan, and Cameron Gale also sit in the top 10.
“We played a few very tight games against some stiff competition. A bounce here or there and we could have won all three. However, in the game of hockey, you can’t depend on bounces to win games. We need to take some steps forward and take accountability for our defensive zone. I thought there were a few times this weekend when we really broke down defensively which led to goals against. Yes, it’s great to score goals, however, we cannot keep putting so much pressure on our goaltenders. We will put our work boots back on this week in practice, and head to Quebec this weekend prepared to get better”.- Matt Anthony, Head Coach