Worcester 3 Northbridge 2

1st Annual Frozen Feud Clash
By: Andrew Nawn

The Worcester Wildcats (9-1-1) used a late third period goal by defenseman Sean Moran to beat the Northbridge Rams (8-3-1) 3-2 in the 1st Annual Frozen Feud.

Worcester took no time in getting the scoring started as; Jordin Eurenius took a nice feed from linemate Cullen Mars and squeaked one past Liam Drennan to put the Wildcats up 1-0 at 2:26 of the first period. The Rams would tie the game at 1, when senior defenseman David Kolman took a wrist shot in the slot that deflected off Worcester’s Tyler Miller’s blocker and wound up in the back of the net. With under a minute left in the period, Northbridge’s captain Tyler Peabody took a shot outside the faceoff circle that slipped past Drennan and put the Rams up 2-1. The shots were in favor of Northbridge 6-5 at the end of 1.

With little action happening during the second period it took a Northbridge penalty for Worcester to get their best opportunity to tie the game. The Wildcat’s captain Jake Rosinky put back a rebound from an Andrew Throne shot to tie the game at 2 at 8:20 of the second period. Less than a minute later, Worcester then had a great chance to go ahead when Michael Tisdell took a pass that sprung him on a breakaway, but missed wide trying to beat Drennan glove side. The Wildcats outshot the Rams 6-5 in the second period to tie the Rams in total shots with 11.

Both teams had a majority of scoring chances as there were five power plays between them in the third period, but both goalies played stellar keeping the game tied at 2 for most of the third period. After killing a double minor penalty and a 5 on 3 power play, Worcester’ Sean Moran put home a loose puck at 12:53 of the third period to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. Northbridge had plenty of opportunities in the period’s final minute as they had a power play but were unable to convert as Tyler Miller remained solid between the pipes for Worcester. Northbridge out shot Worcester 7-5 in the third period and 18-16 for the game but were unable to come out on top in this battle of Russell Conference opponents.

Game Notes: Northbridge outshot Worcester 18-16… Goalies: Worcester’s’ Tyler Miller 16 saves on 18 shots…. Northbridge’s Liam Drennan 13 saves on 16 shots….. Northbridge’s Tyler Peabody added to his CMASS scoring lead by scoring his 21st goal in the second period….. Northbridge went 0-6 on the power play…. Worcester went 1-4 on the power play.

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