#5 Red Devils Burn Barnstable

Burlington, MA-The Barnstable Red Raiders made the long ride up north to play the Red Devils of Burlington tonight at 5:00. Burlington’s big junior goalie Joe Trabucco got the win for the Red Devils stopping 28 shots as they took the contest 4-1. Barnstable outshot Burlington 29-23.

The first period was a bit sloppy and neither team seemed able to put together consecutive passes. Some feeling out until Burlington senior Ryan O’Halloran took off from his blue line with a puck and attacked both defensemen. That opened a lane on the left wing for senior Zach Auble and O’Halloran made a perfect backhand pass to send 2003 Auble in who wristed it home. 1-0 Red Devils. Barnstable had some chances their best being a turnaround shot by Chris Cordeiro. Barnstable started to gain more momentum as the period went on and has a very good last couple shifts. The Burlington defense played tough as they are all big and long. Period ended 1-0 with Burlington holding a 9-7 edge in shots.

Barnstable did in fact carry some momentum into the second period as they held a slight edge in play and shots on goal. They were able to get pucks in behind the big Burlington defense and create turnovers. Several quality chances were turned away by Trabucco. Burlington was able to extend their lead with 2:22 left. Zach Auble potted a rebound of a Jacob Vozikis shot you make it 2-0. John Condon also picked you an assist. The first penalty of the game was called against Burlington late in the second. 1:09 of that penalty would be carrying into the fresh sheet to start the third for the Barnstable power play.

Both teams looked fatigued to start the third and Burlington earned a rare power play chance just 3:20 in. Less than a minute later, Costa slid a perfect pass to O’Halloran who hammered a one-timer home to give the Read Devils a 3-0 cushion. Condon also picked up an assist on the play. Melrose was able to break through late in the period in a scramble in front of Trabucco as junior Nick Leone popped it home a loose puck. At 3-1, Barnstable was able to create some pressure and earn two power plays. It was too little too late as Burlington hung on and added an empty net goal on a 6-4 by Condon from Vozikis. Final score 4-1 as the #5 Red Devils earn a quality win.

Three Stars

First: Joe Trabucco (Burlington)

Second: John Condon (Burlington)

Third: Colin Browne (Burlington)

TTPA: Jack Jay (Burlington)

For Burlington; we have seen them twice lately and they can win a few different ways. They have six to eight players up front that can make plays and some big bodies in back, that while not overly skilled, make simple plays and clear second chances. Browne being the third star could have been any of the Red Devil D-corp. He was poised, used leverage and his size well and made strong clears; Ray Magliozzi is also big and punished the smaller Barnstable forwards down low, took care of his net; Anthony Andriolo is a 2004 with size, toughness and the ability to while passes up ice. He has some real upside. Spencer Reith is a puck mover and played well on the power play. Trevor Janis is big, heavy and easily stops opponents on the wall and from getting near his net. Up front; O’Halloran made a beautiful play on the first goal as he attacked both defensemen on the rush and then made a perfect pass for the score. He also hammered one home on the PP. He also took two penalties which we didn’t like. Vozikis is direct and gets the puck to the net. Auble just made plays. He finished with four points although we only saw three. He was used in every key situation and has the pace and hands to get pucks to productive spots. Costa played well on the kill and point on the power play. He showed speed and played smart. The senior Condon hit seams all night, stole pucks and was a pest to play against. Just started a lot of plays. He was out at the end with Vozikis 6v4 against. Jack Jay played through contact and knocked people down. He has decent speed but superb balance. One of those players that Burlington can use up and down the roster and he will succeed. We liked his game a lot. Tough to play against. The White Flash (aka Trabucco) just made it tough to get one by him. He is big and raw but he knows how to take angles away and lots of pucks hit him squarely. He isn’t ready for the Vezina yet but he is tough to get to at this level. One thing Burlington must do is close out games. We watched the Melrose game as well. In both contests, the Red Devils made things interesting. If they do that with a lead against Arlington or BC High, real trouble will ensue. This was a good win, however, against a ten-win team but they want more. For Barnstable; they can skate and play in transition with anyone. They are not a heavy team and that hurt them on the road tonight. They never were able to really get to the cage but they showed skill and had plenty of puck possession. Their power play looked excellent and quite intricate. Chris Cordeiro has very good speed; he was a pest, but moved with real ease around the sheet; both fast a mobile with good skill. Dillon Huntington carried end to end, showed speed and the puck doesn’t sow, he is clever and can dangle, had a goal called back on a slick bury. Jack Longueil played with effort; backcheck and forecheck with intensity; great angles in puck pursuit

For more on many of these players, read our Mass HS Report 1 HERE

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