Malden East Boston (M.E.B). hockey squads finished up parity play last weekend in the Valley league and some teams even began their regular season with games now counting towards their season records.
(5-8 Years Old)
Malden/ East Boston 11, Winthrop 4
For the second straight week, the Mite K team knocked off an undefeated team with an 11-4 win over Winthrop. Solid two way play all around with some fantastic goaltending from Will Fosdick. Four goals from Jake Simpson, a hat trick for Chris Hanifan, two goals from Chris Cecca, and a goal each from Ryan Thomas and Cristian Monge.
SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 6,Newton 3
(11-12 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 0,Wellesley 5
(13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 4,South Boston 3
In the crosstown rivalry Ryan Noonan created opportunities to put it behind the Shamrock goaltender to give the M.E.B. Mustangs the lead with a little more than two minutes to play in the first period. The second period opened with more tough play, but James Pandolfo was able to score at 1:11 into the period on a loose puck in front of the Shamrocks’ net off a hard fought effort by Nick Miller to put the home team up 2-0. With a little more than three minutes to play in the second, Louis Staffieri poured on some speed through center ice and lit the lamp for the Mustangs on a feed from Ryan Noonan from the M.E.B. blue line, 3-1. In the third South Boston moved to within one on a power play goal at the 9:30 mark of the period. Another power play and another goal for South Boston tied the game just seven seconds into the penalty. With more back and forth play and more scoring chances for both sides, the goalies kept the score tied until another effort from Nick Miller feeding James Pandolfo gave the M.E.B. Mustangs the lead again with just 2:46 to play in the game. The play was tense in the final seconds, with a face-off in the M.E.B. zone, and continuous pressure from South Boston. In the end, Malden/East Boston prevailed, with a final score of 4-3.
Malden/East Boston 7,Woburn 1
The Bantam AAA’s enjoyed a little Saturday Night Fever in a physical battle versus the Woburn Bantams Saturday night. After many opportunities, Nick Salgado placed a sweet pass on James Pandolfo’s stick resulting in a beautiful roofer under the bar. The second period M.E.B. really hit their stride starting with Ryan Noonan doing his best dancing with the stars move out of the corner and banging it home. Nick Capillo broke in with a solid high wrist shot from just inside the blue line that hand cuffed the goalie and bounced in. Next up was a great feed from Jared Downey up to a breaking Louis Staffieri who blasted in alone moving the goalie right out of his equipment and dropping into the mesh. Not to be stopped, Nick Miller banged home one of many rebounds to go up 5-1. To end the second period onslaught, Mike DeFillipo totally out muscled a much larger opponent in the corner steal the puck and sending a near impossible angle shot off the goalie and into the net. With the physical play intensifying by the Woburn boys, M.E.B. held their composure and finalized the scoring with a Paul Curtis tally placing a 7-0 final score to goaltender Anthony Giuliano’s shut out collection.
Malden/East Boston 7,Lexington/Bedford 0
Coming off a Saturday night win, the M.E.B. Bantam AAA’s started the regular season Sunday with a tilt against Lexington-Bedford. The boys picked up where the left off the night before with a Louis Staffieri show circling the offensive zone until he had nice angle on the net and popped it home. Then it was James Pandolfo as the poster child for being in the right place at the right time, banging in the first rebound of two to end the period up 3-0. The opposition buckled down, and M.E.B. had a tough time getting quality shots keeping the score board idle for the second period. But with determination to finish hard, the third period scoring started with a great top corner shot from Nick Miller. Not to be outdone, Anthony Cecca followed suit with a top corner shot of his own on an M.E.B. power play. After a nice break in by Staffieri, he hung in to pick up his own rebound and swung it wide to through it into an open net past a sprawled goaltender. To round out the scoring Cecca set up Pandolfo for his Hat Trick ending the game at 7-0. Another fine showing for shutout-master Anthony Giuliano between the pipes.
(13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston AA 2,Lexington/Bedford 2
Malden/East Boston AA 8,Everett/Revere 0
(15-18 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 6,Woburn 1
Malden/East Boston 5, Medford 1
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