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2017-18 Season Updates and News
Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the Broome County High School Hockey Association.
A special thank you to Jeff O'Brien and Bothar Construction for donating the Binghamton Devils Skybox being used for this year's BCHSHA fundraiser!
The week started with an elimination game between Johnson City and Maine Endwell. ME won all three regular season games but this is the playoffs and anything can happen. A very tight checking, defensive game at the start of this one resulted only a single goal in the first period scored midway in by ME's Brendan Tennant on the powerplay (Logan Roux, Adam Rutkowski). Period two was again scoreless until 5 minutes remained when Blade Hamilton scored for the Wildcats (Logan Culver, Daniel Gallagher) tying this game at one heading into the third. Once again the period was scoreless over 10 minutes in and it was looking more and more like we were headed for overtime but the Spartans had other ideas. Logan Roux scored a goal from in close (Gavin Fedor) to give ME the 2-1 lead. Zach Leniek stopped a couple of good scoring chances as JC tried to get to overtime, but the Spartans tightened things up and held on to win this well played game. Leniek was the victor making 19 saves with Rebecca Reynolds registering 28 of her own for JC.
Friday night was one of our winner's bracket semi's and saw Vestal (#2 seed) against Binghamton (#3 seed) in what was looking to be quite a match-up. Binghamton won the first regular season game between these two teams; Vestal won the second in a shootout; and Vestal won the finale outright. Just two minutes into the game Vestal's Dougie Matthews (James Morris, Derek Avery) scored to give the Golden Bears the early lead. The momentum in this period changed quickly with Jake Miller (Justin Fiato. Zach Cerinetti) scoring just a minute later quickly followed by a Caden Dearborn (Conan Picciano, Logan Ulmer) goal 80 seconds later putting Binghamton ahead. In the final 3 minutes Dearborn popped in his second of the game (KC Medinosky) to put the Patriots up 3-1 after the first period. Vestal got out early in this period as well when Aleksander Labosky scored unassisted getting Vestal back within one just over 2 minutes in. Binghamton again took back momentum scoring on the powerplay just two minutes later on a Zach Cerinetti goal (Jake Miller). Thirty-six seconds later the Pats got another powerplay goal from Cerinetti (Miller, Ulmer) to go up 5-2. Vestal's Joseph Giamarino (Avery) did score with 3 minutes remaining cutting the Binghamton lead to 5-3 heading into the third period. Vestal put constant offensive pressure on the Binghamton defense in the third but they held strong and goalie Josh Ryan (28 saves) was up to the task in shutting down everything put on net getting the win in this 5-3 final. Matthew Prier made 25 saves for Vestal.
Saturday's game was the second winner's bracket semi sending Elmira/Horseheads (#1 seed) against Chenango Forks (#4 seed). E/HH won all three regular season games between the two teams but each was closer than the last. Nine minutes into the opening session Ryan Greshan (Bryce Komble) scored getting Forks on the board first. Three minutes later it was Kevin Matson (Dylan Templeton) with a powerplay goal giving CF a 2-9 lead after the first period. Momentum was again a huge factor as it was in the semi on Friday. Three minutes into the second Tony Robinson (Nate Cook) scored followed less than 2 minutes later by a Jack Peterson tally (Ethan Callahan, Bobby McCarrick) getting the Express back to even. Not done yet, Sean Call (Quinton Buchanan) scored to give E/HH a 3-2 lead after two. Kieran Horton had a very nice unassisted, short-handed goal 7 seconds into the last period tying this game up once again. It remained even until midway in when Nate Gee (Hunter Argetsinger, Dawson Felenchak) put the Express up 4-3. The scored remained this way until the final minute when Callahan scored into an empty net to seal this 5-3 E/HH win. Andy Patelunas got the win for E/HH in goal. Christopher Brewster had 38 saves for CF and was incredible at times keeping Forks in this one to the very end despite being out shot 43-11 for the game.
Sunday was another elimination game with Vestal and Chenango Valley facing off. Vestal was a three time winner in the regular season against CV. The Warriors scored midway through the first when Edward Kuklo (Webb Botting, Shane Culver) put the puck in the net. This was the only goal of the period. The second period had more wide open play which resulted in a Vestal goal 4 minutes in (Connor Jurgensen from Derek Avery and Dougie Matthews) but again that was the only goal of the period sending this game into the third period all tied up at 1-1. Vestal scored in the first minute of the third on a Derek Avery powerplay goal (Jurgensen, Matthews) but this was the only goal they could muster as CV was killing off a 5-minute major penalty. Mid-way through the period Shane Culver (Alek Conrad) scored for CV to again tie this game up. Three minutes later and on the powerplay, CV's fortunes took a dramatic turn when a turnover resulted in a Dougie Matthews short-handed goal and a 3-2 for the Golden Bears. Down to the final minute of regulation, CV pulled their goalie for an extra skater but Avery broke away for Vestal and was impeded by a CV player. Since the resulting penalty occurred on a breakaway to an empty net, a goal was automatically awarded giving Vestal a 4-2 lead. A final empty net goal with 35 seconds remaining (Avery completed his hat trick) ended the scoring in this 5-2 Vestal win. Matthew Prier got the win in goal with 26 saves while Eric Brom had 22 for CV.
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, 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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