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2017-18 Season Updates and News
Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the Broome County High School Hockey Association.
WEEK 10 HIGHLIGHTS - HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
The BCHSHA had a rare 9-game week on tap last week. Wednesday's game marked the end of Round "B" and was between Maine Endwell and Vestal. After a scoreless first period, Vestal got on the scoreboard first with an unassisted shorthanded goal by Dougie Matthews. Before the second period was completed Logan Roux (Alex Robitaille) tied the game back up as the teams headed into the final period. This time it was ME that broke the tie and took the lead on a Roux powerplay goal (Jason Ziegler) 5 minutes into the third. With just over 3 minutes remaining in the game the Spartans scored once again on a Gavin Fedor goal (Cameron Bobier) giving ME a 3-1 lead and looking like they had things wrapped up. Vestal had other ideas though and another Matthews goal this time on the powerplay (James Morris) cut the margin to one. Vestal pulled their goalie for an extra skater soon afterwards but could not get the equalizer as ME held on to the 3-2 upset win. This was the second big win in a row for the Spartans who defeated E/HH last Saturday. CF and ME finished with the best winning percentages over the Round "B" games! Zach Leniek registered 23 saves getting the win while Matthew Prier had 17 saves for Vestal.
On Thursday Chenango Forks met up with Elmira/Horseheads in a game that turned into a high scoring affair. Ethan Callahan (Jack Peterson, Connor Sullivan) kicked off the scoring for E/HH only a minute and a half into the game. The teams then exchanged 2 goals apiece through the remainder of the first giving the Express a 3-2 lead heading into period two. Once again the teams traded goals each netting a pair allowing E/HH to maintain their 1-goal lead now at 5-4 after two periods. The Express took control in the third period however outshooting CF by 20 to 9 and scoring the only three goals of the period to finish off an 8-4 win. The Express were lead offensively by Tony Robinson (2g), Nate Gee (g,2a), Connor Sullivan (3a), and Hunter Argetsinger (g,a). Kieran Horton had 2 goals (2 assista), Kevin Matson added a goal and a pair of assists, and Devin Hamm had a goal as well. Andy Patelunas made 22 saves getting the win.
On Friday night we had ME coming back to play UE. ME and Vestal would each be playing 3 games this week. The Spartans came out very fast in this game scoring all four goals in the first period. The teams then traded 2 goals each in the second period giving ME the 6-2 lead. Splitting goals again in the third this one ended 7-3 in favor of ME who were lead by Logan Roux (3g), Adam Rutkowski (3a), Alex Robitaille (3a), and Sam Giordano (g,a). UE got goals from Tanner Gates (Tyler Farr), Jordan Sladish, and Zane Miles (Max Mastrogiacomo, Sladish). Zach Leniek got the win with 20 saves.
The first of three Saturday games was between Vestal and Chenango Valley. Although Vestal's Dougie Matthews had the game's first goal, CV then scored 3 straight on goals by Jon Morgan (Riley Botting, Edward Kuklo), Shane Culver (Eric Brom), and Kuklo (Marc Marion) to give CV the lead. A late Derek Avery goal (Matthews) cut the margin to one heading into period two. Both teams scored in the middle stanza (Matthews for Vestal and Alek Conrad for CV) with the Warriors holding the 4-3 lead going into the last period. Three straight Vestal goals (James Morris, Matt McAllistar, and Avery) gave the Golden Bears a 6-4 lead until Jon Morgan (Conrad, Shawn Deer) made it close with a goal with three minutes remaining. Avery, however, finished up his hat trick getting the empty net goal to end this one 7-5 for Vestal. Noah McLaughlin had the win getting 19 saves with Eric Brom making 32 saves for CV.
The second Saturday game was between Binghamton and Johnson City.The Patriot's Logan Ulmer had the only goal in the first giving them an early 1-0 lead. After the very defensive first period, period two could best be described as explosive with 9 goals being scored - 6 of them for Binghamton - giving them a 7-3 lead. JC had the only goal in the third to end this 7-4 Patriot win. Binghamton was lead offensively by Logan Ulmer (2g,3a), Conan Picciano (2g), Eddie Baker (g,2a), and Justin Fiato (g,2a). JC had goals from Cody Malyszek (Blade Hamilton), Logan Culver (Matthew Calenzo), Bryce Malyszek (Carter Gray), and Johnn Calabrese (Bryce Malyszek). Josh Ryan got the win making 25 saves while Rebecca Reynolds also made 25 saves for JC.
The Saturday finale was ME one more time. This time their opponent was Chenango Forks. CF came out fast scoring twice quickly before ME finally got on the board. The Blue Devils then scored again to take a 3-1 lead after the first period. After adding the only two goals in the middle period, the final period featured seven goals with CF getting 4 of them to finish up the 9-4 win. CF was lead offensively by the dynamic duo of Kieran Horton (4g,a) and Kevin Matson (3g,2a). Also chipping in was Tyler Smith (g,3a). ME had goals from Brendan Tennant, Sam Giordano, Logan Roux, and Gavin Fedor. Cade Horton got the win making 32 saves while Zach Leniek had 25 for the Spartans.
Our Sunday games started with E/HH taking on Vestal. This was a very defensive, hard checking game from start to finish. Dougie Matthews (Collin Pickett) scored the only first period goal to give Vestal the early 1-0 lead. Period two was all E/HH as they reeled off three goals - 2 on the power play - to build a 3-1 lead. Nate Cook, Tony Robinson (Nate Gee, Sean Call), and Jack Peterson (Connor Sullivan, Ethan Callahan) did the damage. The Express held the lead through the first half of period three but Derek Avery (Matthews) broke through to make it a one-goal game. Two minutes later Avery scored again (Connor Jurgensen) tying the game up at three. Just as it was starting to look like we were headed for a shoot-out, Jurgensen connected on the powerplay (James Morris, Matthews) with the eventual game winner in this come from behind Vestal 4-3 victory. Vestal held E/HH to a season-low 11 shots in the game while getting only 22 themselves. Matthew Prier got the win for the Golden Bears.
Sunday's middle game was a Binghamton and Union Endicott match=-up. Binghamton had all three goals scored in the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. They made it 4-0 before the game got VERY interesting with goals coming from each team. Both teams ended up with three goals each in both the second and third periods with the Patriots coming away with the 9-6 win. Jake Miller (2g,a), Caden Dearborn (3g,2a), and Connor Picciano (g,2a) lead the way for Binghamton. Jordan Sladish (3g,2a), Nick Meyers (4a), and Max Mastrogiacomo (3a) all had big games for UE. Josh Ryan had the win for Binghamton getting 18 saves.
The week's final game was a Johnson City and Chenango Valley match-up. JC started out fast with a Cody Malyszek goal (Carter Gray, Matthew Calenzo) just 44 seconds into the game. Bryce Malyszek added another toward the end of the period (Gray) giving the Wildcats a 2-0 kead after one. They built the lead to three on a Cody Malyszek short handed goal (Blade Hamilton) with under 5 minutes left in the second. CV responded with a short handed goal of their own from Edward Kuklo 2 minutes later to make this a 3-1 JC lead heading into the final stanza. A quick Alek Conrad score less than 2 minutes in got CV to within a goal. This didn't last long though when JC's Matthew Calenzo scored (Bryce Malyszek, Cody Malyszek) with 12 minutes remaining giving them a 4-2 lead. Strong defensive play over the remainder of the game ended any more scoring in this one. Rebecca Reynolds got the win and had 20 saves. Rachel Davis recorded 27 saves for the Warriors.
First BCHSHA goals: Ethan Kurkowski (ME)
Regular season changes for the 2017-2018 season:
Some changes to regular season games and procedures have been made for the upcoming 2017-2018 BCHSHA season. There will no longer be any individual or team awards given to the regular season 1st or 2nd place teams. Since all teams qualify for the play-offs, the regular season will be used to establish play-off seeding positions and to get players prepared to participate at higher levels come play-off time. We are now considering the regular season as the "play-off preseason". The winner of the play-offs will be designated as the BCHSHA "League Champions" with the play-off championship game loser designated as the league runner-up.

Each play-off game must result with one team winning the game. A tie game in the play-offs first goes to an overtime period and if the tie still exists, goes into a shoot-out. We had a significant number of games decided by shoot-outs during last year's play-offs. Since this is the only time that our players are faced with shoot-outs in our league, we wanted to incorporate a change to correspond with the above regular season philosophy in mind. Beginning this season, all regular season games ending in a tie will immediately go to a shoot-out (5-player shoot-out followed by sudden death shoot-out if a tie remains - just like we have in the play-offs). These will start immediately after the end of regulation play during the regular season - no regular season overtime play.

We also made a change to the procedure used to keep the regular season league standings. A team winning in regulation time will be awarded 3 points (with the losing team getting 0). A game finishing tied after regulation time, will result in each team involved being awarded 1 point with the shoot-out winner getting an additional point (still 3 points awarded per game, every game). Besides getting our players ready for potential shoot-outs in the play-offs when the fate of the team could very well be decided, this concept will add an additional layer of excitement for both players and spectators alike and prepare our players for this heightened level of pressure and competition. We hope that these changes make the league more enjoyable for everyone!
THE NEXT MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Monday, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 4/9/18 and 5/7/18 at 7:00 pm at SUNY-Broome Ice Center

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