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Congratulations to the new BCHSHA champion Vestal Golden Bears!

All-star game is set for Wednesday, March 16th 6:00 PM
at SUNY-Broome Ice Center

Week #18 Highlights
The final week of the 2015-2016 season featured the elimination round final and the league championship games. This was not an easy week with schedules being changed on the fly when the Ice Center compressor failed melting the ice and forcing us to scramble to change venues.
Thursday night's game had to be moved to Friday at the Ice House Sports Complex and pitted 3rd place ME against #2 E/HH. It was apparent early that both teams were having some issues adjusting to the new location. After playing the first 14 minutes scoreless, ME broke through on a Kyle Balmer goal to give the Spartans the lead. Less than 2 minutes later with only 35 seconds remaining in the first period, Nick Giordano gave ME a 2 goal lead heading into the second period. After a scoreless middle stanza, E/HH pressured to try to get back into the game. Both teams had numerous scoring opportunities but it was ME that got the periods only score on a Kyle Balmer short-handed goal. ME shut down the Express the rest of the way to nail down Chris McVannan's shut-out and advance ME to the league championship game. Mason Squires had 29 saves for E/HH which capped another good season for the Express.
Saturday's scheduled championship was delayed until Sunday but at least we were back in the SUNY-Broome Ice Center. The championship game was a rematch of Vestal and ME for the third straight season with each team winning once previously. It didn't take long for Vestal to get on the board as Dougie Matthews scored a powerplay goal just over a minute into the game. Barely 2 minutes later Matthew Benko made this a 2-0 game and things did not look good for ME. The Spartans settled down and held Vestal scoreless for the remaimnder of the period however. ME got right back into this game with a powerplay goal of their own by Colin Wenzel just 3 minutes into the second period making this a 1-goal game. There were multiple scoring opportunities by both teams throughout the middle of this period until Vestal again capitalized with another powerplay goal this time by Nick Barney re-establishing the 2 goal margin. Just when it looked like Vestal would be taking that 2-goal lead into the final period, Noah Woodsinger scored for ME to make this a 3-2 Vestal lead after 2. The third period was a tight checking period with only 9 shots registered by both teams combined. As ME tried to rally and get the tying goal, Vestal just as furiously thwarted them time and again. With ME pressuring hard, it was Dougie Matthews that put this game away for Vestal scoring with less than 3 minutes remaining as the Golden Bears took the championship 4-2. Chris McVannan had 23 saves for ME and Nick Giordano had 2 assists, Bret Clow completed his undefeated season in goal with 21 saves for Vestal. Dougie Matthews had 2 assists along with his 2 goals having a hand in all 4 Vestal tallies. Nick Barney had the game winner and registered the game winning goal in all 4 of Vestal's victories - a very unusual accomplishment. Congratulations to both teams on very nice seasons!

Senior scholarship deadlines:
Click Here: Bob Allen scholarship from NYAHA - April 1, 2016

Tommy Mitchell scholarship application available online through - February 1, 2016
Click: BroomeSportsFoundation.org

Monday, May 16th, 6:45 PM - Location: The Relief Pitcher


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