Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
The Great Neck Bruins Peewees showed grit and talent in their first two weeks of season play. The team of sixth and seventh-graders lost a lot of early season practice time due to ice problems at Parkwood and fans were understandably nervous as they began a difficult schedule involving play in both the Long island Amateur Hockey League and the Hudson Valley Hockey League. The kids, however, played outstanding hockey in their first three games.
The season opened with a Sunday morning away game on October 9 against the Freeport Arrows. The Bruins players played well and led throughout the game, winning 4-3.
For the home opener at Parkwood with two additional practices under the pads they kicked it up a notch, dominating the NYC Skyliners from wire to wire. Good hockey depends on team play and the team showed to it to perfection in this game. With some veteran players and some new, they covered the ice well, passing, catching the rebounds and shooting relentlessly. The defense kept the points covered and the puck well away from the Bruins goalie for the majority of the game. Final score 7-2.
The morning game was followed by a late afternoon game away against the Scarsdale Youth Hockey Peewees. Lack of ice time showed with tired legs and sluggish play early in the game and the crowd watched glumly as their Bruins fell 2 goals behind by the middle of the third period. This team never gave in though and they came back in style to tie. The icing on the cake, a goal with just 17 seconds left on the clock! All heart! Final score 4-4.