Eagle Squirts come up just short in tourney finals



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THE MWV SQUIRT team poses with the Seacoast Hockey League runner-up plaque after Sunday’s championship game in Dover. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 21, 2011
DOVER — After winning their opening game on March 12, the Mount Washington Valley Squirt squad had to wait a week before seeing action again in the Seacoast Hockey League tournament.

On Saturday, March 19, the Eagles traveled to Wolfeboro's Pop Whalen Arena, where they needed a little overtime to finally dispatch a pesky Oyster River squad by a 5-4 score.

Neither team scored in the first period, but MWV got on the board quickly in the second period. With 10:37 to go, Jared Chisari started the scoring on assists from Eddie Thurston and Trevor LaRusso.

Less than two minutes later, LaRusso lit the lamp for the Eagles, giving MWV a 2-0 lead with 8:55 to go in the second period.

Oyster River cut the lead to one with 6:23 to play, but MWV answered right back, as LaRusso netted his second of the game with 5:12 to go in the period. Thurston got the assist and the second period ended with MWV up 3-1.

Oyster River battled back in the third period, as they put one in the net with 9:56 to play in the contest and with 1:39 to go in the game, punched home the tying goal and the two teams headed to overtime.

With 1:39 to play in the overtime period, Liam Chisari broke the tie and sent the Eagles into the championship game.

The tournament title game was Sunday afternoon in Dover and the Eagles met up with New Hampshire East, who had played earlier in the day to secure a berth in the finals.

Goaltender Wyatt Arriaga made a couple of solid saves as East pressured early in the first period, but the Eagles also pressured, with Thurston and Jared Chisari doing most of the work in the offensive zone, including in a shorthanded situation midway through the period.

The Eagles took a penalty with 4:37 remaining in the first period and East capitalized almost immediately, scoring just six seconds into the advantage for a 1-0 lead.

Less than 90 seconds later, East doubled the lead to 2-0, but the MWV kids didn't back down.

Just 30 seconds after the East goal gave them a 2-0 lead, Liam Chisari poked home a rebound on a LaRusso shot to cut the lead to 2-1. Jared Chisari also got an assist on the tally, which came with 2:36 to go in the first period.

Ben Eldridge and Dawson Eldridge just missed connections on a scoring bid and Arriaga made a nice save as the first period drew to a close with MWV trailing by a 2-1 score.

Cole Gregg took over in net for the second period and came up with some solid saves early in the period.

MWV got a power play with 7:50 to go in the period but couldn't generate any offense, though Thurston and LaRusso did miss a bid as the penalty expired. MWV got another power play with 5:34 to go and Jared Chisari, Miles Woodbury and Cody Bryan all had solid offensive pressure but couldn't put the puck in the net. Ben Eldridge made a great centering pass after the penalty expired, but nobody was there to tap the puck home and the score remained 2-1 in favor of East.

MWV took a penalty with 2:56 to go and after Kobi Lees had a nice shorthanded bid, the East kids turned the puck back up the ice and drilled home a power play goal with 2:03 to go in the period, upping the lead to 3-1, where the period ended.

Lees didn't waste much time pulling his team back within one, as he lit the lamp just 1:31 into the final frame with Ben Eldridge getting the assist.

Arriaga returned to the net and made a couple of big saves for MWV as the Eagles looked for the tying goal. However, it was East who scored next, as they threaded a beautiful pass through the crease and poked it home with 3:44 to go to take a 4-2 lead.

MWV didn't back down, as Shane Bush broke out and went end-to-end and buried the puck to cut the lead to 4-3 with just 2:13 to play.

MWV got a power play with 1:40 to go, but a good East penalty kill kept them from scoring and the game finished with East taking the 4-3 win.

The MWV roster included Wyatt Arriaga, Miles Woodbury, Kobi Lees, Cole Gregg, Shane Bush, Liam Chisari, Eddie Thurston, Jared Chisari, Cody Bryan, Trevor Olivier, Ben Eldridge, Trevor LaRusso, Ben Carter and Dawson Eldridge. The team is coached by Steve Woodbury, Scott Lees and Steve Bush.

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