Fitchburg Street Hockey: Predators Capture Cadet Division Title
FITCHBURG -- The Elite Construction & Design Predators prevailed in an exciting best-of-three championship series to claim the Fitchburg Street Hockey League’s Fall Cadet Division title.
Things didn’t look good for the Predators in the opening game of the finals, as they fell 10-1 to the KCMC Dunkin’ Donuts Rangers. Nicholas Viselle had two goals and five assists to lead the Rangers, and Greg Canning added a hat trick to take a 1-0 series lead.
The Rangers looked to close out a title in Game 2, but the Predators were ready to bounce back. Zachary Wallace and Zachary Legros scored early to give the Predators a 2-1 lead. Canning scored twice in the second period for the Rangers, and Legros assisted on a Wallace goal for the Predators to tie the score at 3-3 after the second period.
In the third period, Legros regained the lead for the Predators at 2:47, but Canning completed his hat trick at with 1:24 left to send it to overtime. Legros then scored the winning goal at 4:03 of the extra period to complete a hat trick of his own and even the series at one game apiece.
In the third and deciding game of the finals, it was Predators goalie Brian Richard who stole the show. After giving up a first-period goal to Cameron Begnoche, Richard was unstoppable in a 3-1 victory. Austin Fietz (2 goals) and Jaxon Decker scored for the Predators, who finished the season at 10-3-2 as Fall Cadet Division champions. The Rangers finished their season at 10-8-1 after bringing each of their three playoff series to a deciding Game 3.
After earning a first-round bye, the Predators advanced to the championship with a semifinal sweep over the Legends Bar & Grille Avalanche, with Zachary Legros recording a hat trick in Game 1 and Jaxon Decker scoring three goals in Game 2.
The KCMC Dunkin’ Donuts Rangers started the season 0-3, then turned things around in a major way, going 5-1-1 to finish out the regular season. They then took three games in the first round to defeat the D&G Enterprise Bruins, with Canning scoring a crucial goal in the 2-1 victory, before upsetting the top-seeded Play It Again Sports Kings, with Collin Wilbur scoring a key goal in the series. The Kings finished the season 9-3-1, with all three loses to the Rangers.
The Mitchell Caruso Electrical Flames finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, and used that momentum to power through the playoffs on their way to a Beaver Division title.
In Game 1 on Nov. 10, the Flames led from beginning to end against the Dee Bus Service Islanders, with two first period-goals from Hunter Lammi and one third-period goal each from Lammi and Cooper Wiebe for a 4-1 win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Domminick BerDequer had the lone goal for the Islanders.
The Dee Bus Service offense bounced back in Game 2, scoring three goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Flames held on for a 4-3 victory on the Fall Beaver Division championship. Lammi scored two more goals for the Flames (14-0), while Ayden Holden and Zakkry Kennedy added one score each. Mason Decker (goal), David Hill (goal), Ryan Hill (goal), Joshua Karge (assist) and Sarah Peterson (assist) led the Islanders (8-6) offense.
The Flames reached the finals with a semifinal sweep of the Family Federal Hurricanes, while the Islanders swept the Curtis Tree Service Oilers in the other semifinal. The Flames were led in the playoffs by Hunter Lammi with seven goals and three assists, Zakkry Kennedy with five goals and one assist, and Cooper Wiebe with four goals and four assists.
It was an epic finals showdown between the top-seeded DW Lammi Plumbing Blackhawks and the No. 2 Breezy Hill Auto Devils for the Penguin Division title, with the Blackhawks prevailing in three games.
Blackhawks goalie Benjamin Allen set the tone with a shutout and a 2-0 victory in Game 1. Connor Lammi scored both goals.
The Devils struck back with a 5-4 victory in Game 2. Jariel Morales (2 goals), Nic Clements, Cassidy Berkio and Tyler Walsh scored in the victory. Lammi had a hat trick and teammate Molly Cormier scored one goal in defeat.
In the deciding Game 3, a Clements goal, assisted by William Urda, put the Devils on top early, but Lammi scored again, assisted by Raymond Simmonds and Haylie Lammi, to tie things up. Both goalies settled down from there, but it was the Blackhawks’ Elina Woodard who caught the Devils off-guard with a key play, scoring off the opening faceoff of the third period, just six seconds in, and the lead held up for a 2-1 victory and the Fall Penguin Division title.
With the win, the DW Lammi Plumbing Blackhawks finished at 13-2, while the Breezy Hill Auto Devils finished with a record of 11-5. Connor Lammi led the Blackhawks throughout the playoffs with six goals and two assists.
The Blackhawks swept the Research Results Whalers in the semifinals, while the Devils needed three games to knock off the Jet Concrete Sabers. Jariel Morales had a hat trick in Game 3 of the semifinals for the Devils.
The top-seeded Asian Imperial Knights swept the Appleseed Business Machines Coyotes in the finals to win the Fall Chipmunk Division championship. After finishing the regular season with a 6-1-3 record, the Knights defeated the fourth-seeded FroShow Customs Ducks in the semifinals. The Coyotes, seeded third, upset the No. 2 Katie’s Kids Learning Center Flyers in the other semifinal showdown.