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U19 Half Season:

U19 Jr. Shamrocks Four-Peat As Cape Cod Storm Pre-Season Tournament Champions

Monday, September 18, 2017, 8:43AM

The Boston Jr. Shamrocks U19 team opened 2017 the same way they have started each of the last three seasons; by winning the Annual Cape Cod Storm Pre-Season Tournament.  Traveling to Falmouth to start the season provided the team a great chance to bond on and off the ice and they made the best of the experience winning all four games they played.  It was a complete team effort.  They received solid goaltending all weekend from Kasey Libby and Marina Mirabella and the team combined to score 18 goals while only letting up 4.

The action began Saturday afternoon with the Shamrocks facing off against the New England Pride.  The Pride are a familiar opponent, the two teams played each other three times last season, twice at this same tournament and once in the State Semi-Finals.  In this game, The Pride struck first, scoring just 2:27 into the first period.  The Shamrocks peppered the Pride goalie with shots for the remainder of the period but were unable to score.  After the break however, The Shamrocks came out flying and at the 1:45 mark of the 2nd period, Georgie Santullo scored with an assist going to Cassidy Gruning to tie things up.  The game remained tied and the action went back and forth until only 1:36 remained in the 3rd period.  That was when Erin O'Brien buried the game winning goal to end a flurry of activity in front of the Pride goaltender.  Mirabella made a great save on a last second chance by the Pride to preserve the opening game win for the Shamrocks. 

 Saturday night, the Shamrocks squared off against the Islanders in the second game of the tournament.  Once again the Shamrocks found themselves playing from behind early as the Islanders managed to score the first goal of the game 3:17 into the first period.  The Shamrocks responded by dominating the play and time of possession for the remainder of the period and finally found the back of the net with 1:56 remaining when Marissa Gregory broke in alone and sent a shot top corner, short-side.  The trend continued throughout the second and third periods as the Shamrocks once again carried the play but could not capitalize on their chances.  Finally at 9:33 of the 3rd period, Darragh Quinn broke through for the Shamrocks.  She caught the goalie off guard by sending a shot on net from an awkward angle and broke the tie.  It was just what the team needed as they quickly followed with goals from Andrea Caradonna and Gruning to make the score 4-1.

On Sunday the team really began to gel and the offense kicked into high gear.  In the morning the Shamrocks faced the host team Cape Cod Storm and wasted no time getting the scoring going in a game that would end 6-1 in their favor.  Erin O'Brien scored twice on the same shift netting goals at 1:45 and then 2:06.  The first was assisted by Santullo and Quinn, the second was an unassisted effort.  The Host team scored at the 7:39 mark to cut into the lead but Jackie Hayden put home a rebound off of a Kelly Golini shot just 26 seconds later to bring the lead back to 2 goals.  Golini scored the only goal of the second period off an assist from Hayden and then followed that up by scoring again in the 3rd with an assist from Gruning.  Cassidy Connolly scored the final goal of the game and Golini earned her 4th point of the game with the assist.  The win secured the Shamrocks a spot in the Tournament Finals to be played at 2:15 Sunday afternoon.

The Finals saw a rematch of last year's final with the Shamrocks once again taking the Ice against the New England Pride.   Last year it took overtime and a shootout for the Shamrocks to prevail but this year the team made sure that the game would be settled in regulation.  Golini got things started with two goals in the first period in what would turn into another four point game for her. Gruning picked up a pair of assists and Hayden and Elizabeth Liakos had assists on the first and second goals respectively.  In the second period it was Santullo scoring early with assists from O'Brien and Andrea Caradonna.  The Pride answered back late in the period scoring on a breakaway. In the third however, the Shamrocks put the game away by scoring three times.  Golini completed her hat-trick with another assist from Hayden; then with an assist from Elizabeth Anderson, Golini set up Gruning on a beautiful 2 on 1 play.  As in the morning, Connolly scored the final goal this time earning assists were Jenna Bragalone and Gregory