Wahconah hockey stays perfect, takes down Turners Falls
NORTH ADAMS — Milestone nights for Andrew Beaudoin and Logan Rumbolt helped keep Wahconah's perfect season rolling.
Beaudoin scored a goal in the second period for his 100th career point and Rumbolt had his first hat trick of the season as the undefeated Warriors (7-0) skated past Turners Falls 7-2 Wednesday night at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Rink.
The Warriors scored just two minutes into the game and never trailed. It was 2-1 early in the second period, but Wahconah responded with three unanswered goals to put the game away.
Beaudoin, who could not convert on a breakaway early in the second period, fired a backhand shot at 10:52 of the second, beating Turners Falls goalie Brandon Bryant.
"It's pretty special to do it here, because this is where I started to learn how to skate," said Beaudoin. "It's cool to do it in front of the home crowd.
"But the win was more important to get us to 7-0."
Kyle Bazonski got the assist on Beaudoin's milestone goal. He passed the puck from the right point to Beaudoin's skates. Beaudoin put the puck on his backhand and the low shot beat Bryant to the glove side. It was the fourth straight game that Beaudoin scored a goal in. He was coming off a two-goal performance against Tri-Town.
It was the third game of the season for Bryant, who was not in net when Wahconah beat Turners Falls 10-1. In his last two games, Bryant had given up six goals — three in each game. But in those same two games, he made 86 saves, including 50 in a 3-3 tie with Chicopee Comp.
"The coaches said we were going to have to go east-west a little more to open him up a little more," said Rumbolt. "Besides that, it was the same team. We had to just keep skating out there. We got those goals. Once we started, we just don't stop."
"[Bryant] did a nice job. He kind of did what I expected," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "Our kids moved the puck. They stuck to the game plan.
"And then stay away from bad-angle shots," Disbrow said. "The kid is so big, if you take a bad-angle shot, you don't have a lot to shoot at. When you have a big kid like that, you have nothing to shoot at."
The Warriors held a 2-0 lead after one period, but were a man down to start the second because Rumbolt was whistled off for interference at 14:34 of the first period.
Forty-seven seconds into the second period, Turners Falls' Bryce Jordan got the power-play goal, cutting Wahconah's lead to one.
Rumbolt got that score back six minutes later, teaming up with Nate Lapine for the second time. Rumbolt completed the hat trick at 12:45 of the third period, with Beaudoin and Mike Moreno assisting.
"I had my team behind me, and the goalie [Nico Romano] to keep it out of the net. Just constant passing and moving," said Rumbolt. "I was able to put maybe a soft one in at first, which kind of got me going.
"I went to the net on the other two. It kind of pumps the team up and makes us keep going harder."
Four different Warriors, led by Rumbolt's three goals and an assist, had multi-point nights. Goalie Nico Romano made 10 saves.
"I am very happy with where we are in terms of our progression for the season," said Disbrow. "I feel that as a team, we're much further along than any team I've had in a long time.
"We have a lot of upperclassmen, juniors and seniors, who have already been playing for us for two or three years. I feel that gave us a good jump on the season."
W— Mike Moreno (Mike Bloom, Logan Rumbolt) 2:10. W—Rumbolt (Nate Lapine) 10:37.
Penalties: W—Rumbolt (Interference) 14:34.
TF—Bryce Jordan (Ryan Lenois) 0:47 PP. W—Rumbolt (Lapine) 6:52. W—Andrew Beaudoin (Nate Bazonski) 10:52.
W—Lapine (UA), 4:50. TF—Ariel Pydych (Zach Smith, Lenois) 8:35. W—Bloom (UA) 9:40 SH. W—Rumbolt (Beaudoin, Moreno) 12:45.
Penalties: W—Hobie MacWhinnie (Charging) 5:25. W—Nick Lillie (Interference) 9:06.
Saves: TF—Brandon Bryant 30. W—Nico Romano 10.
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