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2017-18 Season Updates and News
Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the Broome County High School Hockey Association.
Week 11 started off on Thursday night with Chenango Forks and Vestal facing off. Period one had the teams exchanging goals with Connor Jurgensen scoring for Vestal (James Morris) and Austin Walworth getting a late goal for Forks (Tyler Smith). The second period was scoreless until less than 6 minutes remained and Dougie Matthews notched a pair of goals less than 2 minutes apart (Jurgensen assist) to give the Bears a 3-1 lead heading to the last period. Kevin Matson made this a 1-goal game early in the third with his league-leading 5th short handed goal of the season (Kieran Horton) but just three minutes later Jurgensen scored on the power play (Derek Avery, Matthews) getting the Vestal lead back to two. Matthews finished off his hat trick and put the game out of reach (Avery) in this 5-2 Vestal win. Matthew Prier got the win making 17 saves while Christopher Brewster registered 35 for CF.
Chenango Valley and Union Endicott had the Friday night game. Alek Conrad (Ryan Wardell) scored first giving CV the lead but Nick Meyers tied things up less than 2 minutes later (Zane Miles). CV scored 2 more goals in the first followed by 4 more in the second to ice this game and get the 8-1 victory. CV was lead offensively by Riley Botting's hat trick (3g,a), Alek Conrad (2g,a), Marc Marion (g,a), and Shane Culver (2a). Eric Brom and Rachel Davis split the game on the winning side with Brett Waibel and David Samson doing the same for the Tigers.
Saturday's early game was between Elmira/Horseheads and Johnson City. The Wildcats got on the board first midway through the period on a Blade Hamilton goal (John Calabrese). The lead lasted exactly 46 seconds before Ethan Callahan (Jack Peterson) scored for the Express. A late powerplay goal by Tony Robinson (Nate Gee, Quintin Buchanan) gave E/HH the 2-1 lead after one. JC again drew first blood in period two on a Hamilton powerplay goal (Carter Gray, Cody Malyszek) 4 minutes in tying the game up once again. Jack Peterson returned the favor with a powerplay goal of his own (Buchanan, Parker Winkky-Wade) that gave E/HH a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. This game was then decided in the next 4 1/2 minutes when goals from Buchanan (Peterson) and Sean Call (Hunter Argetsinger) boosted the Express' lead to 5-2. JC did get on the board one more time on a Cody Malyszek goal but it wasn't enough in this 5-3 E/HH win. Robby Wise and Andy Patelunas split the game for the Express while Cameron Smith played well getting 21 saves for JC.
Saturday's late game pitted Vestal and Union Endicott against one another. Vestal scored less than two minutes into the game on a Derek Avery tally (James Morris) but UE tied things up on a Jordan Sladish powerplay goal. The second period became all Golden Bears, however, when they put a 5-spot on the board to end any hopes of a Tiger upset. UE did get the only goal in the third when Sladish scored once again on the powerplay but Vestal got the win in this 6-2 game. Dougie Matthews netted 2 more goals for Vestal along with an assist; James Morris had 3 assists; and Connor Jurgensen had a goal and an assist. Matthew Prier and Noah McLaughlin split the game in goal for Vestal getting the win with David Samson picking up 34 saves for UE.
Sunday started out with Chenango Valley and Maine Endwell facing off. These two teams split their first two meetings against one another so a very competitive game was expected. ME got on the scoreboard first with a Brendan Tennant powerplay goal (Adam Rutkowski) 3 1/2 minutes in. Less than a minute later Nathan Smith tied the game for CV (Edward Kuklo, Shane Culver) getting his BCHSHA career goal. Alek Conrad (Ryan Wardell) followed with a goal to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead after one. Gavin Fedor scored for ME getting an unassisted goal 5 minutes into the second to tie up the game. Riley Botting scored in the last few minutes of the second (Jon Morgan) to give CV a 3-2 lead. The Spartans pushed hard in the final period trying to even the score outshooting CV by 11-4 but unable to get the puck past goalie Rachel Davis in this 3-2 CV win. Davis made 21 saves getting the win while Zach Leniek had 18 for ME.
The middle game on Sunday matched up two of the top teams this season with Elmira/Horseheads and Binghamton squaring off. Binghamton had the first period's only score when Logan Ulmer netted a powerplay goal (Zach Cerinetti, Jake Miller) giving them a 1-0 lead heading into the second. The middle stanza was the Pat's downfall as they were outscored 4-1 going down by 2 goals heading into the last period. E/HH had the first 2 goals in the third to finish out their 6-3 victory. The Express got goals from 6 different players - Jack Peterson, Hunter Argetsinger, Nate Gee, Ethan Callahan, Nate Cook, and Bobby McCarrick) - with Peterson and Cook also adding a pair of assists apiece. Miller and Caden Dearborn also had goals for Binghamton. Robby Wise and Andy Patelunas split the game in goal getting the win. Josh Ryan had 27 saves for Binghamton.
The last game of the week was between Johnson City and Chenango Forks. The last time these teams met a shoot-out was necessary to decide the winner. This game turned into a wild affair. CF had an early 2-1 lead after the first period but JC came back strong in the second period. The Wildcats outshot Forks by 14-8 and outscored them by 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead heading into the final period. There were 7 more goals scored in the third! JC grabbed a 5-3 lead early and were looking good until CF rattled off 3 straight to grab a 6-5 lead. JC tied it back up with 4 minutes left only to have Forks grab the lead once again with 2 minutes remaining. Jist when it looked like CF had this one, JC pulled their goalie for an extra skater and notched the game tying goal with 16 seconds left making this one 7-7 and heading to another shoot-out. In their last shoot-out only 1 shot was missed by both teams combined with CF converting on all 4 of theirs. On this night Wildcat goalie Rebecca Reynolds completely turned things around. Both teams failed to convert on their first 2 shots. Cody Malyszek scored first giving JC the 1-0 lead. Reynolds stopped the third Forks shooter then Logan Culver gave JC a 2-0 lead. It was Reynolds stopping the 4th CF shooter in a row to give JC the 2-0 shoot-out win. The Wildcats were lead offensively by John Calabrese and Cody Malyszek hat tricks. Kieran Horton (2g,2a), Kevin Matson (2g,a), Kyle Spisak (g,a) and Carter O'Brien (g,a) lead CF.
First BCHSHA goals: Nathan Smith (CV)
Regular season changes for the 2017-2018 season:
Some changes to regular season games and procedures have been made for the upcoming 2017-2018 BCHSHA season. There will no longer be any individual or team awards given to the regular season 1st or 2nd place teams. Since all teams qualify for the play-offs, the regular season will be used to establish play-off seeding positions and to get players prepared to participate at higher levels come play-off time. We are now considering the regular season as the "play-off preseason". The winner of the play-offs will be designated as the BCHSHA "League Champions" with the play-off championship game loser designated as the league runner-up.

Each play-off game must result with one team winning the game. A tie game in the play-offs first goes to an overtime period and if the tie still exists, goes into a shoot-out. We had a significant number of games decided by shoot-outs during last year's play-offs. Since this is the only time that our players are faced with shoot-outs in our league, we wanted to incorporate a change to correspond with the above regular season philosophy in mind. Beginning this season, all regular season games ending in a tie will immediately go to a shoot-out (5-player shoot-out followed by sudden death shoot-out if a tie remains - just like we have in the play-offs). These will start immediately after the end of regulation play during the regular season - no regular season overtime play.

We also made a change to the procedure used to keep the regular season league standings. A team winning in regulation time will be awarded 3 points (with the losing team getting 0). A game finishing tied after regulation time, will result in each team involved being awarded 1 point with the shoot-out winner getting an additional point (still 3 points awarded per game, every game). Besides getting our players ready for potential shoot-outs in the play-offs when the fate of the team could very well be decided, this concept will add an additional layer of excitement for both players and spectators alike and prepare our players for this heightened level of pressure and competition. We hope that these changes make the league more enjoyable for everyone!
Monday, 2/5/18, 3/5/18, 4/9/18 and 5/7/18 at 7:00 pm at SUNY-Broome Ice Center


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