Walpole, MA - Marginal play over this past weekend left the Walpole Express with a record of 1-1-1. In game 1 on Friday night at home against the Vermont Lumberjacks the visitors kept their three- game win streak alive by defeating the Express 3-1. The lone Express goal came from team points-leader Joe Hall (Holland, OH).
"It was a tough loss to start off December,” said Coach Jon Lounsbury. “I expected a little more and we came up short."
In game 2, again against the visiting Lumberjacks, the Express carried most of the momentum through the game. The Express jumped on the 'Jacks late in the first period as Niall Foster (New Market, NH) notched his fourth goal and 13th point of the season. Both teams battled back and forth until Gerard Colpoys (Hingham, MA) scored the eventual game winner in the third. Each team benefitted from stellar goaltending and once again Connor Rodericks (Franklin, MA) was able to shut down the opposition for his tenth win of the season.
"It was a great effort for most of the game," Lounsbury said. "Vermont is a very good team and has stolen games from the top teams in the league. We were able to hold them off in this second game."
For game 3 the Express travelled to Hookset, NH to face the always-tough NH Jr. Monarchs. The Express were ready to go from the drop of the puck as both teams battled for 63 minutes of hockey. In the end, the Express fell 2-1 in OT to the ‘Narchs. A physical match-up, neither team allowed the other to take advantage on any even-man opportunity.
The Monarchs scored first as they took advantage of a power play rebound late in the second period. The Express came out better prepared in the third period as Danny Eruzione (Winthrop, MA) scored on the power play to even the game at 1. In OT the Express could not capitalize on a partial breakaway opportunity, and seconds later the monarchs got the chance and bury the puck and end the game. Again Rodericks was exceptional in goal stopping 47 of 49 shots.
"It was a great game," Lounsbury said. "We knew what we were getting into, we were a little tired and let some of the play be dictated by the Monarchs. This is what's good about the league: on any given night, any team can win.”
Tonight (Dec. 9), the Express head to Hudson, NH to take on the red-hot Northern Cyclones. The Express currently hold second place in the league, only three points from the top spot.