South Shore Captures Massachusetts 14U Tier I Championship
March 10, 2019
By FedHockey.Com Staff
South Shore's Tier I 14U squad earns a spot at the 2019 USA Hockey National Championships with their 3-2 victory over Neponset Valley.
Walpole, MA - For the second time in three years, the South Shore Kings have won the Massachusetts State Championship at the 14U Tier 1 - National Bound level, defeating the Neponset Valley River Rats, 3-2, on Sunday at Rodman Arena in Walpole.
Michael Stenberg opened the scoring for South Shore at 10:41 of the first period when he charged down the right side their attacking zone and ripped the puck past the shoulder of River Rats goaltender Cooper Steinborn to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead.
In the final minute of the first period, the Kings would extend their lead to two goals, 2-0, as Pavit Mehra would redirect a Grayson Badger shot into the net for the score.
Perry Gaudreau would score the Kings' third-straight goal, and the eventual game-winner, just 1:51 into the second period. Gaudreau would receive a pass from Thomas Franzosa and find the back of the net to make it 3-0 in favor of South Shore.
The River Rats would finally respond just a minute later, scoring to make it a two-goal game, 3-1.
Neponset Valley would close the gap further with another goal in the late-stages of the third period, but South Shore netminder Brendan Flanagan held back the River Rat offense the rest of the way to clinch the championship for the Kings
The victory wrapped up a perfect 5-0 weekend for South Shore, who now qualify for the 2019 USA Hockey 14U Tier 1 National Championship on April 3 - 8 in Pittsburgh, PA.
As part of a perfect round robin slate, their most notable result came Saturday morning when the Kings overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat Top Gun, 5-4. Other results included a 4-1 victory over the Islanders Hockey Club, and a 7-0 offensive outburst against Neponset Valley.
In the semifinals, South Shore required another come-from-behind victory to earn their spot in the championship game. This time, they would accomplish it against the Boston Advantage. Trailing 2-1 in the second period, Cameron Lundwould and Andrew Garzone led the comeback with back-to-back goals in a span of 1:37. From there, goaltender Luc Gagnon successfully protected the net to give the Kings a chance at the 14U Tier I title.