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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 #3 started out on Thursday between Elmira/Horseheads and Vestal - the finalists in last season's championship game. E/HH had the first period's only score as Jack Peterson (Trey Princiotto) put one in at the midpoint of the period. Vestal's Connor Jurgensen scored on the powerplay (James Morris and Derek Avery) 9 minutes into the second period and 8 seconds later scored once again (Dougie Matthews) to put the Golden Bears up 2-1. This held until the last minute of the period when Bobby McCarrick netted a beautiful unassisted short-handed goal (WICZ play-of-the-week http://www.wicz.com/story/31785989/simmons-rockwell-ford-plays-of-the-week) to tie the game at two after 2 periods. Vestal once again took the lead on a Dougie Matthews powerplay goal (Matt McCallister) 2 1/2 minutes into the third. The Express were not to be denied on this day however. Jack Peterson scored his 2nd of the game (Connor Sullivan) 9 minutes in to tie the game once again. This set the stage for Tony Robinson's game winner (Sean Call) a minute later to complete the scoring in this 4-3 E/HH win. Robby Wise had 12 saves getting the victory with Matt Prier having 27 saves for Vestal.
There was no BCHSHA game on Friday but Saturday was the battle of the Chenango's as CV played CF. Edward Kuklo scored on the powerplay (Alek Conrad) with 3 minutes left in period one putting CV on the board with the 1-0 lead going into the second period. Kuklo scored again this time unassisted barely a minute into the second giving the Warriors a 2 goal lead. This lead lasted until the last second of the period when a powerplay goal by Tyler Smith (Kevin Matson and Austin Walworth) cut the CV lead to 2-1 heading into the final period. With 7 minutes left, Webb Botting gave the Warriors a 2 goal lead once again (Kuklo assist) but Devin Hamm's powerplay goal for CF (Kieran Horton and Carter O'Brien) made this a one goal game. The Botting goal held up as the game winner in this 3-2 Warrior win. Eric Brom had the win with 21 saves while Christopher Brewster made 29 saves for CF.
Saturday's late game was between Binghamton and Maine Endwell. ME grabbed the first lead on a Cameron Bobier goal (Gavin Fedor) 6 minutes into the game. 2 1/2 minutes later Logan Ulmer scored (Jake Carns) tying the game for 7 seconds until Logan Roux responded (Brendan Tennant) to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead after the first period. Jake Miller (Justin Fiato and Ulmer) scored to tie up the game 9 minutes into the second and Fiato added a short handed goal (Caden Dearborn) 4 minutesw later to give the Patriots their first lead. Brendan Tennant tied this game at 3 scoring on the powerplay with only 1 second left (Adam Rutkowski and Jason Ziegler) for ME. A back and forth, wild third period ensued with 29 total shots taken by the two teams. It was Binghamton that broke the tie on a Conan Picciano powerplay goal (Tyler Kopolow and Dearborn) with 7 minutes remaining in the game. Picciano scored again putting this one away a minute later (Fiato and Ulmer) and giving Binghamton the 5-3 victory. Josh Ryan got the win with 39 saves while Tyler Leniek had 35 saves for ME.
Sunday opened with a Vestal against Union Endicott match-up. This game was a goal scoring showcase with both teams lighting up the scoreboard. It took Vestal only 52 seconds to score the first goal (Derek Avery from Dougie Matthews) and by the time the period was over, Vestal lead the game 4-3. UE scored the first 2 goals in the second period to take a 5-4 lead which they held for almost four minutes. At that point the Golden Bears took complete control scoring the next 3 second period goals along with 4 more goals in the final period to come away with the 11-5 win. UE was lead offensively by Jordan Sladish (2g,2a), Max Mastrogiacomo (g,a), and Jacob Tator (g,a). Vestal got 4 goals and 3 assists from Derek Avery, four goals and 2 assists from Connor Jurgensen, and a pair of goals (plus 4 assists) from Dougie Matthews. Noah McLaughlin recorded the win making 14 saves while Brett Waibel had 23 saves for UE.
Elmira/Horseheads and Maine Endwell played Sunday's middle game. After a scoreless first period, E/HH got a pair of powerplay goals in the second from Nate Gee (Tony Robinson and Bryson Balash) and Tony Robinson (Sean Call) to go up 2-0. The teams then traded goals toward the end of the period with an ME Gavin Fedor goal (Cameron Bobier) offset by a Connor Sullivan tally (Call) making this game 3-1 Express after two periods. E/HH ripped off three straight goals in the third putting this game away before Logan Roux ended the scoring on a penalty shot making this a 6-3 final score. Andy Patelunas got the win for the Express with 17 saves. Tyler Leniek had 33 saves for ME. Sean Call and Tony Robinson both had a goal and 3 assists each with Nate Gee netting a pair of goals for E/HH.
The week's final game pitted Chenango Valley against Johnson City. The Warriors scored the first 3 goals in this game in period one on scores by Webb Botting (Max Girgenti and Ryan Wardell), Nolan Wilson (Shane Culver), and Webb Botting once again (unassisted) before Jacob Holland got the Wildcats on the board (Cody Malyszek) cutting the CV lead to 3-1 after the first period. Andrew Saar had the only second period score (Blade Hamilton) getting JC to within a goal entering the final period. Blade Hamilton then tied this game up (Carter Gray and John Calabrese) for JC scoring 43 seconds into the third. The game remained tied until under 7 minutes remained when Cody Malyszek (Holland) gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game. Their lead lasted exactly 23 seconds until Alek Conrad scored for CV (Riley Botting and Shawn Deer) tying the game at four. That is how this one ended sending it into a tie-breaking shoot-out. CV went first but Rebecca Reynolds came up big making the save. Carter Gray drew first blood getting JC the 1-0 lead. In the second round the teams exchanged goals with both Riley Botting (CV) and Mitchell Clinton (JC) scoring. Reynolds stopped the CV shooter in round 3 while Blade Hamilton scored the third straight Wildcat goal. This meant that the 4th round CV shooter needed to score or this one would be over. Rebecca Reynolds again made the stop to secure the shoot-out win for JC 3-1 and give them the extra point in the standings.
First career BCHSHA goals: Connor Picciano (Bing), Aleksander Lobosky (Ves), Connor McCarthy (E/HH), Nolan Wilson (CV), Jacob Holland (JC), and Andrew Saar (JC)
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!
Monday, 12/4/17 and 1/8/2018 at 7:00 pm at SUNY-Broome Ice Center


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