Friday December 28, 2012

HOLYOKE -- St. Joseph's hockey team went 1-1 over the past 48 hours in the Chicopee Winter Classic in Holyoke, defeating Chicopee Comp 4-1 on Wednesday before falling 3-1 to Chicopee High School on Thursday.

Goalie Andrew Leitch, the Crusaders' game MVP Thursday at Fitzpatrick Arena, stopped 21 shots in the loss.

"Chicopee High was a little bit faster," St. Joe's coach Tim Kelly said. "They moved around pretty good and they had some good defense. We had some good shots, but their defense did a good job."

Eric Leitch scored the Crusaders' lone goal Thursday, and scored twice with two assists in St. Joe's Wednesday win. For his efforts against Chicopee Comp, he was named game MVP.

Andrew Leitch stopped 19 shots in the win.

"Everyone realized that, even though we didn't come out on top [Thursday], we played a good game, and next time it will probably be different," Kelly said.

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Chicopee Winter Classic

Wednesday

At Fitzpatrick Arena, Holyoke

St. Joseph's 4, Chicopee Comp 1

St. Joe's 2 1 1--4

Comp 1 0 0--1

First Period

C--Trevor Seymour, 7:00

S--Eric Leitch (unassisted), 7:20

S--Derek Romejko (E. Leitch), 14:00

Second Period

S--Mike Bloom (E. Leitch), 5:00 (PP)

Third Period

S--E. Leitch (Luke Perry), 11:00

Saves: SJ--Andrew Leitch 19.


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C--Parker Nunes, James Theriault 31.

Thursday

Chicopee 3, St. Joseph's 1

St. Joe's 0 1 0--1

Chicopee 0 2 1--3

Second Period

C--Nick Jablonski (Mark Rumyantsev), 8:37

C--Jablonski (Rumyantsev), 4:02

S--Eric Leitch (Andy Cella), 0:01

Third Period

C--Brendan Baker (Jablonski), 12:30

Saves: SJ--Andrew Leitch 21. C--Shane Denault 11.

Boys basketball
Ashland 61, Greylock 51

ASHLAND -- The Mounties poured in 20 points in the opening eight minutes, but scored just 31 the rest of the way in a loss at the Clockers' own tournament on Thursday night.

Greylock and Ashland were tied at 41 after the third quarter, but the Mounties' Tyler Picard soon fouled out and Greylock had no answer for Shane Pasquantonio. The 6-foot-5 center scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the final frame to fuel Ashland's 20-point quarter.

"We're here to compete and get better," coach Bob Thistle said. "We came out on the wrong side [Thursday night], but we're going to go right back at it [today] in a very tough tournament."

The Mounties play Wayland in the 3 p.m. consolation game.

Picard finished with 12 points, while Tyrell Thomas had a team-high 14 and Brett McCormack pitched in with 10.