Moses Brown has now won two in a row after defeating Burrillville 4-0 on Friday night, improving their league record to 2-3-1 and their overall record to 4-5-1. As for Burrillville, it is another disappointing loss in a season that has been riddled with injuries. One of the more recent injuries Burrillville has had to deal with was junior Stevie Rodrigues, who had been leading the Broncos in goals with six. Burrillville Head Coach David Farrell spoke on the impact Rodrigues had while he was healthy and the difficulty moving forward without him, with the Broncos already being shorthanded.
“Losing him [Rodrigues] is a huge loss for our team, he’s obviously a very productive player for us, so anytime you lose a player like that in this league it’s hard to replace. We’re struggling a little bit scoring goals, and not having him in the lineup every night is a big part of that,” said Farrell.
Injuries have certainly made it a tough season for the Broncos, but in every bad situation there is a silver lining, and that silver lining for Burrillville seems to be getting a lot of younger players more ice time. Younger players getting more experience could certainly build up the Broncos depth for the future. Coach Farrell also spoke on having so many younger players out on the ice.
"The young guys are working hard, they're playing hard, we just have to earn our opportunities and be real strong in the defensive zone," said Farrell
For the majority of the first period, Burrillville played very strong defense, not letting up a goal until there was 24 seconds left in the period. The last second goal for Moses Brown was a laser shot by senior forward Owen O’Farrell, who was assisted by freshman forward Will Carosi. Moses Brown would go into the second period leading 1-0.
Six minutes into the second period, senior forward Ethan Garneau had a shot on goal that was pushed in off the rebound by junior forward Seth Feldman. With the Broncos still playing physical defense, the next goal would not come until just over two minutes were left on the clock. The third Moses Brown goal would be a beautifully set up tic-tac-goal scored by senior forward Aidan Aggarwal, who was assisted by Carosi, picking up his second assist on the night.
At the very beginning of the third period, the Quakers would get a powerplay, and they would waste no time taking advantage of that opportunity. Senior defenseman Maxwell Travers would pass the puck to fellow senior forward Gabriel Mamdani who would successfully execute a wraparound to put the Quakers up 4-0. Mamdani’s powerplay goal came less than a minute into the period. Pregame, Moses Brown Head Coach Frank Fede spoke on how he hoped his team would approach this game.
"I'd like us to get a good, fast start. I hope we forecheck aggressively, play tight d-zone coverage, sticks on pucks, body on body, get a lot of shots on net, go to the net hard and play with some grit and passion and toughness," said Fede
It appeared that the Quakers would execute those things nearly perfectly. Moses Brown would go on to play excellent defense themselves and not let up a single goal, coming out of Lynch Arena with a shutout. A big part of Moses Brown’s shutout was junior goaltender Camden Lussier, who stopped all 19 of Burrillville’s shots. Coach Fede commented on Lussier’s play pregame.
“So far our goaltending has been pretty good. I think the way you want to build a hockey team is strength in the net and strength on the back end,” said Fede
The Quakers certainly exhibited both of those traits as well as a commanding offensive performance, recording 26 shots on goal. With the Quakers riding high on a two-game win streak in which they have not given up a single goal, they will take on Smithfield next Monday. As for the Burrillville Broncos, they will continue to get their underclassmen more playing time and try to put together a win next Monday when they face Dartmouth.
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