Thayer Academy 5 S. Sebastian’s 1
Valicenti Rink-In what some would call a shocker Thayer Academy upset St. Sebastian’s School 5-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Valicenti Rink on Thayer’s campus. Gavin Fitzpatrick was solid in the net as he looked prepared and fed off the crowd.
Both teams feeding off the crowd’s energy played a frantic first period of hockey with equal opportunities back and forth. It was not until Northeastern commit Alexander Teleguine gathered a puck then used his elite burst of speed and pro level release on his shot to beat the St. Sebastian’s goaltender Luke Garrity to give his squad a 1-0 lead. Before the crowd could quiet down Thayer struck again but this time it was off the stick of Providence commit Joseph Kramer who was on fire all night in all three zones.
After a very emotional and energetic first period both teams settled in very nicely as both teams limited the opportunities throughout the second. The period was extremely physical and defensive minded as both teams battled to a scoreless frame.
Thayer entered the third period with a 2-0 lead and were determined to put St. Sebastian’s away. Joseph Kramer had a beautiful zone entry as he attacked the middle of the ice and kicked a puck to the right too defensemen David Romaine who blasted a short side shot passed Luke Garrity to extend the lead to 3-0. Moments later Alexander Teleguine through a sharp angle shot on net that surprised Luke Garrity and snuck into the net. After extending their lead to 4-0 Thayer was able to add another goal, while St. Sebs was able finally get on the board with three minutes left after a breakaway goal by Connor Joyce to spoil the shutout. The final settled at 5-1 in favor of Thayer.
First: Alexander Teleguine (Thayer)
Second Joe Kramer (Thayer)
Third Gavin Fitzpatrick (Thayer)
NZ Notes: Thayer is super skilled team that can beat anyone on a given night. They really rode the momentum of the home crowd today and their team speed was not able to be matched. Like most young teams this time of year they will be a hard out and veteran teams looking to make a playoff push should not sleep on this squad. St. Sebastian’s, no other way to put other than that they laid an egg in this match up. Their top guys did not perform up to standard and looked a step behind a faster Thayer team. They will need to hit the refocus button before they head to the Milton Academy.
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