MASSENA - The defending New York state champion Tier II U14 St. Lawrence Thunder team will have a chance to defend their title after skating to a 3-0-1 mark with three shutouts at the Northern Zone Sectionals this past weekend in Massena.
In the first game of sectional play, the St. Lawrence Thunder beat the Adirondack Wild 4-0. Cole Moore scored the first goal just 2:30 into the first period. Assists went to Billy Bergan and Jared Barr. Cole Allen scored the second goal with 45 seconds left in the first period. Nathan Bressard and Kyran Sunday assisted on the second goal. Just 28 seconds later in the first period, Joshua Sanchez scored the third goal of the game with assists by Jacob Mattice and Kyler Head. Midway through the third period, Joshua Underwood scored the final goal of the game unassisted. Grant VanBuren had the shutout in nets for the St. Lawrence Thunder.
In the second game of the night, the Bethlehem Eagles and Saratoga Blue Knights played to a 2-2 tie.
In the first game of sectionals on Saturday, the Adirondack Wild beat the Plattsburgh Roadrunners by a score of 6-4.
In St. Lawrence Thunders second game of sectional play, the Thunder beat the Bethlehem Eagles by a score of 4-0. Nathan Bressard scored the first goal of the game at 9:16 in the first period. Cole Allen assisted on the goal. Joshua Sanchez scored an unassisted goal for the Thunder at 11:31 in the second period. Cole Allen scored an unassisted goal at 7:53 in the second period. Joshua Sanchez scored the final goal of the game with assists to Corson Green and Josh Underwood. Merrick Taraska backstopped the shutout goal for the Thunder.
The Saratoga Blue Knights beat the Plattsburgh Roadrunners in the third game of the day with a score of 13-1.
In the last game of the night, the Adirondack Wild beat the Bethlehem Eagles by a score of 3-0.
In St. Lawrence Thunders third game of sectional play, the Thunder tied Saratoga 4-4. The first goal of the game was scored by Corson Green with an assist to Kyler Head. Nathan Bressard scored the second goal with assists to Cole Allen and Josh Underwood. Joshua Sanchez scored the third goal for the Thunder with the assist going to Isaac Thrasher. The final goal of the game was scored by Broadie Woods with an assist to Jared Barr. Merrick Taraska backstopped the tie for the Thunder with 18 saves in the net.
In the second game of the day, the Bethlehem Eagles beat the Plattsburgh Roadrunners by a score of 6-4.
In the third game of the day, Saratoga beat the Adirondack Wild by a score of 4-1. With the win, Saratoga advanced to the state tournament as the second seed from the North Section.
In the final game of North Sectional Tournament, the St. Lawrence Thunder beat the Plattsburgh Roadrunners 9-0.
Kyler Head scored the first goal of the game with an assist to Jared Barr with 1:56 remaining in the first period. Nathan Bressard scored the second goal of the game early in the second period with assists to Kyler Head and Jared Barr. Cole Allen scored from Bressard and Kyran Sunday. Barr scored the fourth goal of the game assisted by Head, Broadie Woods scored the fifth goal with assists to Barr and Head. Barr scored the sixth goal late in the second period assisted by Josh Underwood. Allen scored the seventh goal early in the third period assisted by Bressard. Mark Mahoney scored an unassisted goal midway through the third period. Kyran Sunday rounded out the scoring with the final goal of the game unassisted at the end of the third period. Grant VanBuren recorded the shutout in net for the Thunder.
With their strong showing at sectionals, the St. Lawrence Bantam Thunder advance to play in the NYSAHA 2014 Youth Tier II 14 & Under State Tournament the weekend of March 7-9 as the number one seed from the North Section.