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Back Bay Squirts fall to Southern Maine in double overtime

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

TYLER PLACE fires off a shot despite being on his knees on the ice during his team’s game with Oyster River Saturday in Dover. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 19, 2012
DOVER — With their win in the opening game of the Seacoast Hockey League tournament, the Back Bay Squirts (white) moved on to play Oyster River on Saturday morning in Dover.

Back Bay opened with some solid pressure, with Tyler Place and Cole Emerson getting good looks. Oyster River bounced back with some good chances, but goalie Curt DiPrizio stood his ground and kept the puck out of the net. Both teams went back and forth, but nobody was able to put the puck in the net.

Back Bay took the first penalty of the game with 4:32 to go and DiPrizio made a good save to trigger the offense, as Nolan Sykes stole the puck in the defensive zone and took it all the way down the ice and pushed it past the keeper for a shorthanded tally with 3:51 to go for a 1-0 lead.

Oyster River had a good chance late in the period, but DiPrizio turned it away and Back Bay came back with Sykes getting a look, though the period closed out with Back Bay up 1-0.

Oyster River came back early in the second period, as they tied the game just 1:10 into the frame. Oyster River continued to pressure and they were able to add another goal with 8:42 to go to take a 2-1 lead.

DiPrizio made a couple more saves and Place had a scoring bid denied as the two teams battled back and forth.

Back Bay tied the game with 5:09 to go, as Sykes fired the puck top shelf for a 2-2 score.

Back Bay went on the power play with 4:17 to go, but it was the Bobcats who got on the board, as they scored a shorthanded tally with 4:02 to go in the period for a 3-2 lead.

DiPrizio did a nice job helping to kill off the penalty and the period closed out with the Bobcats up 3-2.

Oyster River upped the lead to 4-2 just 44 seconds into the period and then upped the lead to 5-2 with 10:32 to go in the period.

DiPrizio did his best to keep the team in the game, making a couple of solid saves, but the Bobcats got a power play with 3:53 to go in the game and put a puck home for a 6-2 lead with 2:57 to go.

Back Bay then fought back, with Sykes scoring just 32 seconds later for a 6-3 lead and then added another less than a minute later to cut the lead to 6-4.

Sykes wasn't done yet, as he buried another shot off the faceoff with 1:29 to go on an assist from Place, cutting the lead to 6-5.

Down by one with just more than a minute to go, Back Bay pulled its goalie and the Bobcats buried an empty net goal for a 7-5 lead. DiPrizio came back to the net and turned away a number of chances, but the Bobcats had a 7-5 lead.

The loss meant the Back Bay kids had to return to action later on Saturday in Dover, facing off with the Southern Maine Lightning.

The two teams battled to a scoreless first period and it was the Back Bay kids who got on the board first, as Sykes scored with 9:51 to go in the period for a 1-0 lead. With just 3:51 to go in the period, Colby Clegg buried a shot for a 2-0 lead, which Back Bay carried to the final period.

Back Bay held the lead through most of the third period, but the Lightning scored with 4:15 to go in the third period to cut the lead to 2-1. Southern Maine then tied the game with 1:55 to go in the period and the two teams headed to overtime.

The teams played four-on-four for the first four minutes of overtime and neither team was able to break through and the squads headed to the second overtime. In the second overtime, the two teams skated three-on-three for three minutes, but they needed just 22 seconds of play to decide the game, as Southern Maine snuck one past DiPrizio for the 3-2 win, sending them on to the finals.

The Back Bay roster included Colby Clegg, Quinn Demain, Curt DiPrizio, Cody Emerson, Cole Emerson, Elias Hastings, Logan McEvoy, Tyler Place, Drew Swinerton, Nolan Sykes and Matthew White. The team is coached by Brian Hastings, Greg Bowen, Greg McEvoy and David Sykes.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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