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The Nashoba Grizzlies Squirt AAs skated against a well-prepared and fast Agawam team on Saturday, April 9th for the Valley Hockey League American Division Championship. Agawam would strike first with an unassisted goal in the first period. The first period would end with a score of 1-0 Agawam. The Grizzlies came out skating in the 2nd period with 2 goals, the first by Ben Svoboda assisted by Zoe Musante and the second by Charlie Bonenfant assisted by Shahoj Makkapati. The defense of Jarod Dantas/Porter Gallant and Zoe Musante/Riley Molongoski held Agawam to one goal heading into the 3rd. The Grizzlies’ lead would continue with another goal again by Ben Svoboda. Agawam would come back and score 2 goals in 2 minutes to tie the score 3-3 going into overtime. The Grizzlies would challenge the Agawam team with strong skating from Owen Crann, Tyler Olsen, Mike Blake, Josh Laquidara, and Brian Fitzgerald. Ben Svoboda would seal the win with a hat trick goal with 47 seconds left in OT. Luke Buretta held strong in net all three periods.
The Nashoba Grizzlies Squirt AAs would play again Sunday, April 10th against Allston-Brighton for the “Squirt A” Conference Championships. This fast paced game would get off to a quick start with both teams scoring in the first period. Allston-Brighton scored at the 7-minute mark but Owen Crann assisted by Josh Laquidara, would tie the score just 1 minute later. The 2nd period did not produce goals but Charlie Bonenfant, Bryan Fitzgerald, and Shahoj Makkapati kept up a fast pace in the offensive zone. The 3rd period would start tied 1-1 and would remain that way for the first 3 minutes of the third period because of quick reflexes by goalie Luke Buretta and strong defense by Zoe Musante, Riley Molongoski, Jarod Dantas, and Porter Gallant. The Grizzlies would take the lead with a goal by Tyler Olsen assisted by Ben Svoboda with 9 minutes to go in the game. The Grizzlies would remain strong as a team to kill the last 9 minutes to win the game!