Wahconah hockey beats Mount Everett in championship of the Greenfield Tournament
GREENFIELD — It wasn't quite the offensive output that Wahconah had put up in its first two games, but it was still enough for the Warriors.
After scoring 22 goals over its first two games combined, both wins, Wahconah put up a half dozen more in a 6-2 victory over Mount Everett in the championship of the Greenfield Tournament.
"When we spread the puck around and use all five guys offensively, it opens things up for us," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "When we get away from that, or we're playing with our heads down, we're not spreading the ice.
"We've got good players that can make good individual plays, but you're limiting you're opportunities if you don't spread it around."
Mike Bloom and Vinnie Orlandi each scored twice for the Warriors (3-0-0) while Nate Lapine chipped in three assists. Goalie Nico Romano took home tournament MVP as well.
"We're putting goals in the net and making me feel comfortable," Romano said. "Our defense is playing strong as well."
For Mount Everett (0-1-1), Jake Corcoran and Carly Duval each scored while Max Joyner contributed an assist in the loss. Goalie Jonah Swotes played very well, keeping Wahconah from scoring more goals than it did.
The Warriors, who defeated Turners Falls in the first round of the tournament on Friday night, started the scoring when Bloom scored off an assist from Andrew Beaudoin only 2:22 into the game.
Wahconah doubled its lead over four minutes later when Nick Lillie scored unassisted.
Mount Everett settled in, though, for a little while after that. The Eagles, who tied tournament host Greenfield 3-3 on Friday night and advanced via shootout when Corcoran scored on the second try and Swotes made three straight saves, headed into the intermission trailing by only two.
The Eagles cut the lead in half when Corcoran scored just under four minutes into the second period. Mount Everett made a strong effort to tie it multiple times, but a goal from Orlandi, assisted by Lapine and Beuadoin, extended Wahconah's advantage to 3-1.
"They've got a deep team," Mount Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said. "They can roll three lines out there pretty confidently. We've got a bit of a shorter bench in terms of how many we play, so they did a good job wearing us down.
"But there were times throughout the game where we were able to compete, withstand their pressure, and go on the counterattack."
Mike Moreno made it 4-1 with a goal just before the end of the second period. That score was assisted by Hoby MacWhinnie and Logan Rumbolt.
Wahconah closed the scoring with goals in the third period from Orlandi (Lapine, Aubrey Rumbolt assisting) and Bloom (Lapine, Beaudoin assists).
W — Mike Bloom (Andrew Beaudoin), 2:22. W — Nick Lillie (unassisted), 6:46.
ME — Jake Corcoran (unassisted), 3:42. W — Vinnie Orlandi (Nate Lapine, Bloom), 11:25. W — Mike Moreno (Hoby MacWhinnie, Logan Rumbolt), 13:39.
ME — Carly Duval (Max Joyner), 3:29. W — Orlandi (Lapine, Aubrey Rumbolt), 5:30. W — Bloom (Lapine, Beaudoin), 6:44.