Governors Academy vs Lawrence Academy
E.G Watkins Tournament
Ashburnham, MA– The first game between Lawrence and Governor’s at the E.G Watkins tournament held every year at Cushing Academy.
UNH Commit and LA newcomer, David Sacco (Middleton, MA) got the scoring started with his first as a Spartan with a net front tip goal. Assists coming from Braden Doyle (Lynnfield, MA) and Connor Sweeney (N. Andover, MA). At the end of 1, 1-0 LA.
Governors found their way in the second period with a shorthanded goal to get them on the board. The puck was turned over right inside the LA blue line and Shane O’Leary (Amesbury, MA) picked up the puck and beat Ian Graff (Newfield, NJ) to knot it up at 1-1. At the end of 2, 1-1.
In the third period, the Spartans came out strong and had chance after chance to put it in the back of the net. At the 10:56 mark, David Sacco beat the Governors defense to the net and created a 2v1 and slide it across to fellow UNH commit Connor Sweeney who put it home to give LA the 2-1 lead. Just minutes later, Governors took advantage of a LA penalty and capitalized, JR F Mitch McGinn (Salem, NH) put a puck to the net that got deflected off a Lawrence played and it trickled in the back of the net to make it 2-2. The next shift, LA took the lead and which turned out to be the game winning goal coming from John Riggins (Bethpage, NY) who batted one home in front of the net. Assists coming from Holt Oliphant (Northbrook, IL) and Ethan Bastien (Natick, MA). 3-2 Final, LA over GA.
LA jumps to 4-0-3 on the season and get ready for a re-match with Cushing Academy tonight at 7:50 in their second game of the tournament. Gov’s drops to 2-4-1 and look forward to NMH tonight at 5:40.
Ian Graiff turned way 23/25 in the win. Drake Wheelden (Kents Hill,ME) makde 33/36 stops in the loss.
David Sacco (Lawrence)
John Riggins (Lawrence)
Owen Fowler (Governors)
NZ Notes: David Sacco for LA has really turned the corner and played a great game this morning, 1-1-2 in the win. Matt Connor (Amherst, NH) had a solid game, plays a good physical role and competes every shift, has made a nice jump from last year.
UMass-Lowell commit, Owen Fowler (Tewksbury, MA) was very good for Governors today, he was held of the scoresheet but was making plays every shift with the puck.