Congratulations to #16 D man Jackson Legro on making the New Hampshire 2017 USA Hockey New England District Select 17 team. Jackson, who lives in Hampton joined us for the 2nd half season and has been a great addition to the blue liners. A solid two way defensemen who is a good skater with a solid shot. Jackson has proven to be a great asset to us as he will be to team New Hampshire. Good luck Jackson!
The U16s had a solid outing in the Penn State Super Series over MLK weekend. The team ended the weekend with a 3-2-0 record, finishng 3rd in the standings, and tallied 15 GFs with one shut out. The team would like to thank Penn State and the showcase directors for their hospitality. Great site, great competition! The team gets back at it this coming Thursday when they travel to Tilton Academy to take on the Rams. Stay in touch with us via Twitter @95HockeyGiants
This weekend is full of action for the U16 team. First up is our ECEL All Star Draft pick and Captain Ryan Kuzmich (#18) who will be representing the team and Giants organization at the All Star game Friday afternoon at Harvard. The team as a whole will be facing off Classic with first up the NY Aviators. Full team schedule can be found here, all games will be played out of Hingham at the Pilgrim Skating Arena. Come out and support the team. See you at the rink!
Congratulations to U16 Captain Ryan Kuzmich (#18) on being selected for the ECEL All Star game. Ryan was selected 14th Overall in the draft and will be playing for Team Parros when the puck drops on Friday, December 9th at Harvard University. “Kuzzi” as his teammates call him is a leader on and off the ice. On ice he leads the team with 56 points (37 G/19 A) and is a constant voice on the bench, while off ice is always maintaining an upbeat attitude and demonstrating qualities of a Captain at and away from the rink. Great job Ryan on a job well done! Good Luck in the All Star Game!
U16 SPLIT AND FULL'S TO PLAY THIS WEEKEND IN THE BAR DOWN CLASSIC.
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The team's 3 game weekend road trip began Thursday night with a stop in Hudson, NH to face off against the Northern Cyclones. With Coach Rob back in the old barn (former Cyclones coach) and knowing the caliber and compete level of the Cyclones he knew it was going to be a tough match and a tough match it was. From the drop of the puck it was an immediate neutral zone battle with the blue liners on both teams holding their perimeter, disciplined play, and bodies banging on the boards only routine shots made it to both goaltenders resulting in nothing behind them in the net.
However, after a 1st period 0 to 0 tie and netminder MJ Rocheleau (#31) only seeing 4 shots the 2nd period was either going to be more of the same or something/someone was going to give. Well….the 2nd period turned out to be a goaltender's duel. Both teams found a way to break out of the neutral zone play and produce full on assaults at both ends. Rocheleau, with support from his D (#5 Odstrchel, #8 Beatty, #9 Alves, and #32 Lorden) managed to stop all kinds of shots, net crashes and screens shutting down the Cyclones offensive attack while tripling his shots against count along the way. With all lines firing on all cylinders; cleanly breaking the puck out of the zone, making tape to tape passes and rifling the Cyclones goalie with shots from all over. The Giants offensive attack was on but the Cyclones goalie stood his ground as well shutting everything down.
So, at the end of 2 the scoreboard still showed 0-0. With a break in the action to make ice, the 3rd period was going to shape up to be a contest of will and which team after the break could immediately find the rhythm again. Well Rhythm was a dancer and the Giants took the ice leaving right where they left the 2nd period off, clean break outs, controlling the puck, and getting shots on net doubling their shot count from 15 at the break to 30 by the end of the game. Contributions by all lines on the defensive side of the puck allowed Rocheleau to make the saves he needed to and kept the more difficult ones not so difficult to make. Then a chance came when the Cyclones took a tripping penalty and the power play unit of Bell, Couture, Heidelberger, Kuzmich, and Amato (#3) faced off in the offensive zone. With the win by Kuzmich (#18) the puck was cycled up to Bell (#20) who was poised at the top of the house and rifled a low, hard shot, thru the screen of Couture (#10) and Heidelberger (#11) and found the back of the net breaking the now elusive 0 to 0 game that was.
However, the work was not done by any stretch of the imagination and the Cyclones were not hanging their heads. Instead they were able to draw, not one, but two penalties shortly thereafter and mounted an attack themselves, but the PK unit of Kuzmich, Deibel (#15), Couture, and Tanguay (#17) along with Rocheleau's ongoing solid performance in net were able to kill a 5 on 4 and 6 on 4 within the last 4 minutes of the game. Back at full strength and with 35 seconds to go the Giants were not going to relent on ensuring a win and that they did! Starting the weekend off on the right foot with a W and a shutout for Rocheleau, his 2nd on the season. The team heads down to Wilkes-Barre, PA for 2 tilts against some tough AYHL teams over the weekend, stay tuned for an update. See you in PA!!!
Over this past weekend the team faced strong regional and cross country competition as they took on the Valley Forge Minutemen, Santa Clara Blackhawks, and the NH Avalanche. Despite ending the weekend on a 1-2 record it certainly was not for the lack of effort up and down the bench and some strong goaltending from all three netminders throughout.
In first game action against the Minutemen the team took care of business and won 4-2. In game 2 versus the SC Blackhawks it was a back and forth game throughout ending with some lucky bounces in favor of SC late and skating to a 3-2 loss. Wrapping up the weekend of play the boys faced regional opponent the NH Avalanche. You could tell right from opening face off that the pace was going to be quick and finding the back of the net was not going to be easy for either team with goaltenders standing on their heads. As hockey goes sooner or later something would give and the puck would be in the back of the net, that was just the case for the Avalanche as they nettted 2 late in the 1st half, taking the lead into the locker room.
With a fresh sheet of ice the quick pace continued but, the 2nd half was in favor of the Giants as they found the back of the net twice and tied it up 2-2. Unfortunately though penalty woes hit the Giants and the Avalanche were able to capitalize on them and skated away with a 3-2 victory. Overall a successful weekend and now it's time for the team to re-group and get ready for league play at the ECEL Fall Classic during the first weekend of October and crowning of the 2016 WCH Champion. Go Team Canada?? :)