Maine Hockey Journal

Maine recruits faceoff in Beantown Classic; Jr. Monarchs top Jr. B’s

Exeter, NH – If you are looking for a Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins rivalry in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs-Boston Junior Bruins fits the description.

The two teams battled it out at the Beantown Classic Sunday afternoon with the Junior Monarchs coming out on top 6-4.

“That was an old school Monarchs-Bruins game,” said New Hampshire Junior Monarchs head coach Sean Tremblay. “It’s been a couple years since both teams really disliked each other. It’s always been a great game, but that was a northern division rivalry at its finest.”

Boston Junior Bruins head coach Peter Masters also thought it was a physical game.

“It was a good rivalry game, it hasn’t been overly physical the last two-three years, but today it was nasty.”

The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with two goals from Zach Luczyk. His first goal came with 9:54 left to play in the stanza. He released a wrist shot from the slot. UMaine recruit Brian Harris picked up an assist on the play.

“(Harris) is doing a nice job, he’s running our first power play unit, and he moves the real puck well,” Masters stated. “He’s still learning he needs to protect the puck a little better then he has. At the midget level, he was unstoppable, now he’s finding out he has to be smarter with the puck.”

Luczyk beat Monarchs goalie Tim Carr on the power play with 3:32 left to play in the period.

“We had a tough game (on Saturday), and the guys responded well,” Masters added. I think we caught the Monarchs off guard, but they jumped back in it.”

“It was dog fight all the way to the end.”

The Monarchs responded quickly early in the second period after they made adjustments in the locker room. Yale recruit Trent Ruffolo picked up his eighth goal of the season 37 seconds in. Assists went to St. Lawrence recruit Pat Doherty and New Hampshire recruit Trevor van Riemsdyk, the brother of Philadelphia Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk.

“We didn’t get our legs moving (in the first period), the ice was a little slow, and they took it to us,” said Scarborough native and Maine recruit Jake Rutt. “We came out ready to play in the second and the third.”

Tommy Thompson tied the contest up midway through the second period, but Andrew Tegeler gave the Bruins the 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

Once again, New Hampshire responded early, this time on the power play. Van Riemsdyk’s shot found its way past Boston Junior Bruins’ goalie Kenneth MacLean 1:07 into the final period.

The Monarchs got their first lead with Ruffolo’s second of the game 7:33 into the third. It gave the Monarchs a spark as he left the game in the second period with a dislocated shoulder.

“That’s why he’s one of my favorite all-time players,” Tremblay added. “He got his shoulder dislocated and it popped out. He goes out there in the third, pops in a goal, and sets up another one.”

The lead was short lived as Justin Manfield scored on the power play 68 seconds layer with Jake Rutt in the box. Harris picked up his second assist of the game along with Boston College recruit KJ Tiefenwerth.

The Junior Bruins were 2-for-7 with man advantage while the Monarchs were 1-for-4.

Derek Stahl gave the Monarchs the lead for good as he tallied a powerplay goal with 7:06 remaining. Doherty and Ruffolo picked up the assists.

Five minutes later, 2012 Maine recruit Brian Morgan’s shot fluttered past MacLean to give the Monarchs the 6-4 edge. It was his second point of the game as he assisted on Ruffolo’s second goal. Lucas Sousa picked up the primary assist and Ruffolo got his fourth point of the afternoon.

“For a young kid, he’s only (16-years-old), this is a future Division I hockey game, to be that young and the job he’s been doing, its fun to watch him,” said Tremblay. “You can slowly see him getting better as he’s getting confidence and learning to play at this level.”

Tim Carr made 30 saves for his sixth win of the season. MacLean stopped 34 shots in the loss.

NOTES: New Hampshire Junior Monarchs forward and 2011 Maine recruit Cam Brown is out for three weeks with mono. Kennebunk native Brian Billett and Boston College recruit was one of two back up goaltenders for the Monarchs.

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