Written by Chris Byrne Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00Building on a “strong season finishing overtime win” last year, the 2011-12 Squirts wrapped up the first half of the season with an impressive 8 to 1 streak in November bringing their overall record to 13 -4. At the same time last year, the Squirts had just 1 win.
Team Captain Will Nikas leads returning teammates Jordan Khani, Matt Baronci, Cece Schnall, Lucien Wostenholme, Cassie Pavlovitch, Benjamin Pagovitch, Zach Jahurali, Alex Kosiczky, Chris Rosa, Nick Pindulic and Christopher Byrne. They are joined by newcomers Kyle Chang, Logan Goglia, Chris Finklestein, Joshua Martin, Ethan Zeltser, Ryan Mockler, Nick Lercara and Jake Karant.Coach Chris Byrne attributes the team’s strong start to their commitment to each other and to good team defense. So far, the Bruins have outscored opponents 103-41. Notably, strong individual performances have been turned in by Jordan Khani, a force who is leading the team in both goals and assists once again this season; Cece Schnall, Zach Jahurali, Chris Finklestein and Lucien Wostenholme. Defensively, Matt Baronci, Cassie Pavlovitch and Jake Karant have kept the pressure off the able goaltenders - Rosa and Mockler.
Most recently, the Squirts participated in the Iceworks Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Aston, PA where they blazed through their division going 3-0 and making the semi-final playoffs. They played an epic battle there. The two teams traded goals in each of the first three periods, ending up tied 3-3 at the close of regulation time. The game remained tied after the brisk paced overtime period forcing a post over-time shootout. Unfortunately, Great Neck was unable to penetrate the solid opposing goaltender and the Squirts succumbed to a third place finish. Regardless of the final tournament results, the first half of the season has been a success and sets the stage for a very exciting second half.