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Selects Academy U-16 Win Big at Jr. Bruins Shootout
The Selects Academy U-16 team recently traveled to Marlborough, MA on Friday, September 21, 2012 to face off in their first hockey tournament of the year, the Jr. Bruins Shootout, and came home with a big win!
The first game of the tournament was against Hill Academy from Ontario, Canada. The Selects took control of the game out chancing Hill Academy at the end of the day, but just couldn’t put home the third goal to take the lead. Al Rogers played a strong net, robbing Hill Academy on the power play late in the game to keep the score tied. Tyler Augustinsen and Connor Sundquist were the goal scorers for Selects Academy. The game eventually went to overtime and then to a shootout. Both goalies kept the shooters scoreless through 6 rounds, until eventually Hill Academy put one past Rogers to win the game. Fortunately for Selects Academy the shootout loss was counted as a tie.
On Saturday, Selects Academy faced off against Jersey Hitmen. The Selects never looked back from the drop of the puck and carried the play for the full 45 minutes. The end result was a 3-0 win, Jeremie Lintner had the shutout in net and the line of Karl El-Mir, Anthony Siderio and Tyler Augustinsen had all three goals and a combined five points on the afternoon.
The Selects Academy was scheduled to play one of the last games of the day on Saturday at 9:40pm. In order for the Selects to win their bracket and advance to Sunday’s play-offs they could not allow more than two goals against. In the first period the Islanders Hockey Club took the Selects off their game and saw the Selects march to the penalty box, forcing them to kill off numerous penalties before the Islanders eventually scored on the power play. The first period ended 1-1. In the second period the Selects stormed out to score three unanswered goals and take over the game, winning 4-1. Mitchell Lundholm had a three-point night, with one goal and two assists. The other goal scorers were Siderio, Joe Cippolone and Donovan Ott. Lintner played steady in net, keeping the Islanders under three goals. Selects Academy would finish first in their bracket and have a quick turnaround, playing in the quarterfinals at 8:00am Sunday morning vs. the New Jersey Rockets.
On Sunday, Selects Academy would have to win three straight games to capture the championship. The first game against the New Jersey Rockets was back and forth, but Selects would eventually come up on top winning 4-3 thanks to a strong performance from the line of Cippolone, Chase Harwell and Sundquist. Cippolone had three goals while Chase Harwell had three assists and Sundquist had two assists. Ott was the other goal scorer for the Selects.
In the semi finals, Selects Academy would play the CT Wolfpack, their in-state rival. The CT Wolfpack went up 1-0 and carried the play for the first half. Eventually the Selects would turn it up a gear and started to control the second half of the game, but could not score. With the goalie pulled and: 24 left Chase Priskie got a shot through from the point and the rebound came out to Cippolone who tapped in the goal to tie the game and send it to overtime. In overtime, the Selects had to kill off a penalty with tremendous work from Chase Priskie, Charles Manley, Billy Gardner, Brendan Walch, Jarred Toole, Austin McIlmurray and Jeremie Lintner. Lintner made a highlight real save with the clock winding down to keep the score tied. The game went to a three-man shootout with the Selects to shoot first. Unlike the Hill Academy game, the Selects would start off with a beautiful goal from Toole to put the Selects up 1-0 in the shootout. That would be all that the Selects needed as Lintner stopped all three shots and the Selects advanced to the Championship game.
In the finals, Selects Academy played Albany U-16. The Selects came out rolling and got up early never looking back and eventually winning 4-1 on a strong performance from Lundholm.
The Selects Academy U-16 finished the weekend 5-1-0, putting their record to 15-1-0 overall.