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Back Bay Mites win Seacoast League tourney

GOALIE CURT DIPRIZIO makes a save with his mask during action against the Monarchs on Sunday, March 14. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 22, 2010
WOLFEBORO — After dropping a close game in the opener of the Seacoast Hockey League tournament, the Back Bay Mite squad bounced back with a big win in its second contest.

Back Bay opened the tournament on Friday night in Wolfeboro against Mount Washington Valley.

Valley scored twice in the first period, putting one goal on the board with 7:23 to go and another with 32 seconds left on the clock, giving them a 2-0 lead after one period.

Mount Washington Valley added to that lead less than two minutes into the second period, making it 3-0.

Back Bay managed to get one of those goals back with 4:47 to play, as Nolan Sykes lit the lamp. However, that was the only goal Back Bay would get and Valley took the 3-1 win.

Back Bay returned to their home ice on Sunday, March 14, for a game with the Junior Monarchs and captured a 5-3 win to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Goalie Curt DiPrizio kept his team even in the early going, making a couple of solid saves, while Quinn Demain provided a solid defensive play when DiPrizio was out of the net.

With 9:28 to go, Sykes took the puck all the way down the ice and drilled it home for a 1-0 lead for the home team.

The Monarchs kept pressuring, forcing DiPrizio to make a number of solid saves to keep his team ahead.

The pressure paid off for the visitors with 4:30 to play, as the Monarchs tied it up 1-1 with some nice offensive moves.

Sykes, Elias Hastings and Cole Emerson all had great chances to put the Back Bay kids up before the period ended, but the horn sounded and the game was tied at one.

Sykes got Back Bay off on the right foot to open the second period, taking the puck end to end for a 2-1 lead just 21 seconds into the period.

DiPrizio again did his best to hold the lead, turning away a couple of Monarchs' shots.

The goaltending gave Back Bay a chance to score again, as Sykes netted his third of the game with 8:54 on the clock to make it 3-1.

Sykes, Emerson and Tyler Place all had offensive pressure, while DiPrizio kept his end of the bargain and kept it a two-goal game.

With 2:24 to play, Sykes scored his fourth goal of the game to make it 4-1, beating the Monarch keeper top shelf.

However, 10 seconds later, right off the face-off, the Monarchs netted their second and Back Bay had a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Good defense from Abby Worden and nice offensive looks from Sykes, Hastings and Emerson kept the Monarchs at bay early in the third period and at the midway point of the frame, Demain let loose a long shot that found its way through the crowd for a 5-2 lead for the Back Bay kids.

The Monarchs scored with just 6.7 seconds on the scoreboard to pull within two at 5-3, but the game was in hand for the Back Bay kids.

The team got a rematch with Mount Washington Valley on Saturday, March 20, in Rochester and picked up a 1-0 win to earn a trip to the tournament finals.

In the finals, Back Bay prevailed over Dover on Sunday, March 21, in Dover, to capture the Seacoast Hockey League tourney championship.

The Back Bay Mites are Abby Worden, Tyler Place, Matthew White, Nolan Sykes, Cole Emerson, Logan McEvoy, Curt DiPrizio, Reid Demain, Elias Hastings, Quinn Demain and Nick Potenza. The team is coached by Greg McEvoy, Brian Hastings and David Sykes.

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Varney Smith
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