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Goal Diggers Strike It Rich with Women’s Title

December 18, 2018

FITCHBURG -- The Asian Imperial/Jet Concrete Goal Diggers carried an undefeated season into the Fitchburg Street Hockey League’s Fall Women’s Division championship series, setting up an exciting showdown with the third-seeded Heartbreakers in the finals.

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In the opening game of the finals on Nov. 14, Stephanie Lammi got the Goal Diggers on the board first on assists from Kylee Lawrence and Erin McGeary. The Heartbreakers, however, tied it up on a Jenna Gosselin goal, assisted by Jenna James, before taking the lead as James scored, assisted by Gosselin.

Reagan Lowe then took over, scoring twice and assisting on a Malane Dodge goal for the 5-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.

In Game 2, the Goal Diggers completed their undefeated season (13-0), seeing five players score in a 6-1 win over the Heartbreakers. Skylar Dodge had two goals, while teammates Kathy Barberi, Alexis Lowe, Shalya Cormier, and Sheriden Cormier all had solo tallies. Dodge, Barberi, Cormier, Lowe, Heather Mahoney and Melissa MacMaster also contributed assists for the Goal Diggers to earn them the title of 2018 Fall Women’s Division champions.

Rachel Lake had the lone goal for the Heartbreakers (3-9-1), assisted by Sarah Gagnon in the third.

Dodge (4 goals, 2 assists), Barberi (2 goals, 3 assists), Raegan Lowe (3 goals, assist) and Alexis Lowe (goal, 3 assists) led the Goal Diggers through the playoffs, while Stephanie Lammi was the overall season scoring leader with 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) for the Goal Diggers.

The Goal Diggers advanced to the championship round with a 5-1 semifinal win over the fourth-seeded Misfits. In that game, Skylar Dodge led the way with two goals and an assist, while Kathy Barberi added one goal and a pair of helpers.

In the other semifinal matchup, the Heartbreakers upset the second-seeded Thirsty Turtles, 3-2 in overtime, with the winning goal scored by goal by Katie Newton to end the Turtles’ season at 5-5-1.

Men’s A Division

In the Men’s A Division, the CR Roofing Wolfpack earned a bye as the No. 1 seed with an 8-1 record, while the Outlaws were the No. 2 seed at 5-3-1 and UCT was seeded third at 3-6.

UCT defeated the Outlaws, 2-0, in the opener to advance to Game B. In that game, the Wolfpack defeated UCT, getting goals from Dylan Hastings and Sean Knowlton.

In Game C, with both teams facing elimination with one loss each, the score was tied 2-2 after the first period. UCT took a 3-2 lead at 8:42 of the second period, only to see Brandon Jones tie the game for the Outlaws at 7:35 in the third.

In a very competitive game, neither team could find the back of the net for the remainder of the third period and the first overtime period. Jones eventually netted his second of the game at 8:52 in the second overtime period to eliminate UCT and advance to face the Wolfpack in the final.

In Game D to decide the championship, Jones scored in the first to give Outlaws the early lead. Sean Malette tied it at one apiece at 5:07 in the second, then Matt

Nicholson regained the Outlaw lead at 3:11, only to see Malette score again to make it 2-2 after two periods.

In the third the Outlaws would regain the lead twice, but the Wolfpack ended up tying it up twice, then scoring the game winner to become 2018 Fall Men’s A champions with a final record of 10-1.

Men’s B Division

The Mighty Ducks and Choff faced off in the best-of-three Men’s B Division championship series.

The Ducks captured the opener in convincing fashion, winning 5-1 with a pair of goals by Kyle Schmidt and another from Alec Gaetz.

Choff took a 1-0 lead on a first-period goal from Jason Bugarin to begin Game 2, but the Ducks put in the next three for a 3-1 win on goals from Kyle Schmidt and Alex Kotoch to become 2018 Fall Men’s B champions with a final record of 9-2-2.

The Mighty Ducks advanced to the finals by defeating the Brewers, 5-2, in a semifinal. In the other semifinal, Choff upset the Bandits to advance to the championship series.

Men’s C Division

The Landry’s Cyclones captured the Men’s C Division title, defeating Jet Concrete with a two-game finals sweep.

Landry’s claimed a 3-2 win in Game 1 on goals from Ken Norton, Dillon Wazal, and Andrew Payette, who scored the game-winner unassisted at 1:20 in the second period.

Landry’s then capped off the championship with a 5-2 win in Game 2 to become the 2018 Fall Men’s C League champions. The Cyclones had a goal in the first, two goals in the second, and two goals in the third.

To reach the finals, Landry’s first defeated the Crossroads Crusaders, 6-2, in their semifinal match. In the other semifinal, Jet Concrete upset the Mavericks, 10-2.

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