Friday, May 4, 2018

Algonquin Dominates Wachusett in Mid-Wach A

 By Joe Fantozzi (@joe_fantozzi35)

Holden, Mass. - The Algonquin Tomahawks (7-2) went on the road and destroyed the Wachusett Mountaineers (2-6), 15-2. In a contest that was never really contested, Algonquin took charge of this Mid-Wach A battle from the opening face-off. 

Algonquin senior captains Will Levine and Tommy Ackil combined for three first quarter goals, as the T-Hawks took a 5-0 lead into the first intermission. 

To open up the 2nd quarter, Algonquin junior Dom Russo connected on Algonquin's sixth goal of the game just 22 seconds into the quarter. Senior Tommy Ackil got his hat trick 90 seconds later, which grew the Tomahawk lead to seven goals. Throughout this quarter, the Mountaineer attack was sloppy and careless with the ball,l which led to the team generating zero rhythm offensively while getting torn apart defensively by the Tomahawks. 

At the end of the quarter and going into the half, Algonquin sported a comfortable 8-0 lead to carry throughout the rest of the game. 

By the time Wachusett scored, Algonquin managed to build a 10-0 lead with 5:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Wachusett junior Tyler Hearn took the top off the lid for the Mountaineers, scoring the first Mountaineer goal of the afternoon. 

Algonquin did not allow any of this momentum to derail them from victory, as their impressive attack rallied for two quick goals. By then, the heat really began to kick in which slowed the pace down of the final quarter.  Algonquin junior Shea Garrand had a solid game, scoring a goal, and winning faceoffs which allowed the Tomahawks to set up their offense early and score goals. 

Senior Will Levine, who scored two goals to go with two assists on the afternoon, said that Algonquin playing its game led to a fast start.

“We kept getting good shots around the net and running our offense efficiently throughout the start of the game," Levine said. "That I think allowed us to build on a early lead on their own field.” 

“We can’t lose our focus for winning games," Levine added. "If we keep playing great defense and netting shots, we will keep rolling and playing our game.”

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