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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 5 started off with a Binghamton / Chenango Valley match-up on Thursday evening. Ryan Wardell got CV on the board first with a goal barely 2 minutes into the game (Nolan Wilson, Webb Botting). Less than a minute later Jake Miller (Conan Picciano) tied the game and Caden Dearborn (Miller) later scored for Binghamton to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead after one period. Miller had the only goal of the second period (Eddie Baker, Bryant Weingartner) to stretch Binghamton's lead to 3-1. Picciano netted a pair of goals himself (Jake Carns, Weingartner) in the third before CV's Shane Culver finished out the scoring in this 5-2 Binghamton win. Josh Ryan had the victory getting 18 saves with Eric Brom having 30 saves for CV.
Friday we saw Johnson City and Maine Endwell square off. This game turned into the Tyler Leniek and Logan Roux show! Leniek recorded the first BCHSHA shut-out of the season making 30 saves in this gem. Roux had his first hat trick of the season including a short handed goal to pace ME offensively. They also got goals from Alex Robitaille and Cameron Bobier in this 5-0 victory.
Saturday's only game was between Chenango Forks and Union Endicott. The Blue Devils started out fast in this game scoring 5 goals in the opening period and never looked back posting a 9-0 victory. Christopher Brewster had his first shut-out of the year making 16 saves. CF was lead offensively by Kieran Horton (3g,2a) and Kevin Matson (2g,4a). Freya Randall had her first BCHSHA goal which was also the game winner in this one. David Samson had 25 saves for the Tigers.
The early Sunday game had Johnson City facing Vestal in the final game of Round One in our regular season. Vestal's Dougie Matthews had the only goal in the first period scoring an unassisted powerplay goal. Derek Avery scored within the first minute of the second period (James Morris) to up the Vestal lead to 2-0. Bryce Malyszek got the Wildcats within a goal scoring short handed a few minutes later. The Golden Bears then took over in the middle session scoring the next 4 goals to give Vestal a 6-1 lead before Logan Culver got the Wildcats on the board one more time. Vestal got the 7-2 victory with Matt Prier making 36 saves. Vestal was lead by Connor Jurgensen (2g), Dougie Matthews (2g,2a), and Joseph Giamarrino (g,2a). Cameron Smith made his first start of the year for JC racking up 23 saves.
Sunday's middle game was between Chenango Forks and Elmira/Horseheads. Much like they have all season thus far, E/HH started off quickly in the first getting goals from Tony Robinson (Quinton Buchanan) and Bobby McCarrick. The Express have outscored their opponents 18-1 in the first period over their first 8 games this season. E/HH increased their lead on second period goals by Connor Sullivan (Nate Cook) and Dawson Felenchak (Trey Princiotto) before a Devin Hamm goal (Bryce Kimble, Kieran Horton) made the score 4-1 Express after 2 periods. Corey Tye (Kevin Matson) scored on the powerplay for the Blue Devils but CF could get no closer with a Jake Daubner open net goal ending the scoring and giving E/HH the 5-2 win. Robby Wise got the victory making 16 saves while Cade Horton had 29 for CF.
Our final game of the week was between Binghamton and Union Endicott. UE scored first with Collin Matolka (Tanner Gates) giving UE the lead. It was Binghamton after that scoring the next 5 first period goal and adding the next 2 in the second to take a commanding 7-1 lead on their way to the 9-4 victory. Binghamton was lead offensively by Jake Miller (3g,4a), Zach Cerinetti (g,4a), Logan Ulmer (2g,a), and Tyler Kopolow (3a). UE got goals from Matolka, Tanner Gates, Tyler Farr, and Gino Coppola. Josh Ryan and Doug Barnstead combined in the win making 12 saves with David Samson having 42 for UE!
First career BCHSHA goals: Freya Randall (CF), Dawson Felenchak (E/HH), Jake Daubner (E/HH), Collin Matolka (UE), and Gennady Peffley (Bing).
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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