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Back Bay Squirts fall in first two tourney games

SAM DANAIS skates around a Manchester Flames player during action on Saturday at Pop Whalen Arena. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 14, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The Back Bay Squirt squad came up short by just one goal in each of its first two games of the Seacoast Hockey League tournament this past weekend.

The Indians opened the tournament on Saturday morning against the Manchester Flames at Pop Whalen Arena.

The two teams went back and forth quite a bit in the first period, with Garrett Nedeau just missing connections on a pass through the middle, while Jerry Worden, Cole Emerson and Nolan Sykes all had scoring bids denied by the Manchester keeper.

At the other end, goalie Joey Vetanze held his own in the pipes, turning away a couple of Flames chances.

Sykes made another offensive charge with some great moves but was denied, while Tyler Place also had a bit stopped by the Flames keeper.

Sam Danais and Emerson continued to pressure the net for Back Bay, but they couldn't solve the Manchester goalie.

The Indians took a penalty with three minutes to play and Vetanze made one save on the power play chance and the period closed out with the two teams still scoreless.

Vetanze made a couple of big saves to open the second quarter as the two teams battled back and forth through the first five minutes of the period with neither team seizing control.

The Flames finally got on the board after a bit of offensive control. With 7:35 to play in the period they snapped the puck past Vetanze for a 1-0 lead.

The Back Bay kids didn't let the goal phase them, as just two minutes later Erick Skelley drilled the puck past the Manchester keeper to tie the game at one. Danais picked up the helper on the goal.

Curt DiPrizio took over in net for the Indians and made a couple solid saves and also got some help from Sykes on defense.

Sean Harrington and Danais made good scoring bids in the final few minutes of the period, but they couldn't score and the second period ended with the two teams tied at one.

Michael Coppola, Place and Harrington pressured in the offensive zone to open the third period but couldn't break through. DiPrizio made the saves at the other end to keep the tie in place.

After Sykes had a scoring bid broken up, the Flames got their second goal, beating DiPrizio with 7:10 left in the game.

The teams exchanged offensive pressure, with Emerson, Skelley and Danais all getting chances for the Indians, while DiPrizio held his ground at the other end of the ice.

Back Bay took a penalty with 2:53 to play and got a shorthanded bid for Nedeau before killing off the penalty.

With 53 seconds left in the game, the Flames scored their third goal to take a 3-1 lead.

Back Bay pulled DiPrizio from the net for the man-advantage and with 26 seconds to go, Danais took a great feed off a faceoff from Skelley and buried it to cut the lead to one.

However, Back Bay couldn't net the tying goal and took a 3-2 defeat.

Back Bay returned to action on Saturday afternoon in Rochester against the Avalanche and dropped a 2-1 decision to finish off their tournament run.

The Back Bay roster consisted of Joey Vetanze, Claire Richard, Matthew White, Abby Worden, Jerry Worden, Erick Skelley, Quinn Demain, Tyler Place, Cole Emerson, Sam Danais, Michael Coppola, Nolan Sykes, Sean Harrington, Garrett Nedeau and Curt DiPrizio. The team is coached by Mike Danais, Dave Richard, Rick Skelley and Dave Sykes.

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