HOCKEY

New England Edge

NE Edge tops Waltham

Matty Ryan led the way scoring four goals propelling the New England Edge youth hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Waltham (Mass.) in opening hockey action in the Valley Hockey League.

Ryan tallied his first goal of the game in the first period assisted by Chase McBride to give the Edge an early 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long as Waltham responded with a goal early in the second period to tie up the game.

Ryan added his second goal stealing a pass and buried the puck on a breakaway giving the Edge the 2-1 lead back.

The third period was owned by the Edge. On beautiful teamwork McBride passed to Jill Scanlon who shot the puck on net where Ryan grabbed the puck scoring to give him the hat trick and the Edge a 3-1 lead.

Adding to the lead, Tyler Girouard scored high shelf assisted by Kenzley Goode and Bryce Larco to give the Edge a commanding 4-1 lead with 8:36 left in the game.

Waltham closed the gap to 4-2, but that was a close as it would get as Ryan added his fourth goal of the game to make it 5-2 assisted by Alex Bartoshevich.

Riley Pelletier was strong in goal stopping 14 of 16 shots to pick up the win.

Defensively Nicholas Dias, Braedon Dubis, Cullen O’Malley, Brady Pelletier, and Scanlon all played well.

Forwards Chris Czado, Isaac Kastner and Ryan Rheaume kept the pressure coming with several scoring chances.

The Edge also participated in the recent Summer Kick-Off Tournament but bowed 3-1 to Vermont in the finals.

Pelletier was stellar in goal in the final game stopping 31 of 34 shots (.912 save percentage). Goode scored the lone goal of the game assisted by Larco and Girouard.

Ryan led the way in the tournament with three goals while McBride added a goal and two assists and Kastner added an assist.

The Edge next plays Sunday against Belmont at Methuen High School at 2:20 p.m. Both games are Valley League hockey clashes.

Edge Girls U12 fall

Taylor Anger and Anne McIntosh each scored, but it was not enough as the Edge fell 6-2 to the Massachusetts Spitfires in NEGHL girls hockey action.

The Spitfires jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period and added a second goal on a penalty shot to start the second period. Soon after, Anger took a pass from Kenzley Goode and scored to close the gap to 2-1.

The Spitfires took a 3-1 lead into the third period after adding a late second period goal. The Spitfires expanded their lead to 5-1 before McIntosh scored assisted by Sydney Nutter to make it 5-2. The Spitfires added an empty net goal to finish off the scoring.

Sophia Hausberger was strong in goal and peppered with 46 shots making 40 saves.

Mackenna Connors and Emily Thibodaeu were all over the ice making plays. Defensively, Paige Anger, Victoria Cornaro, Hollie Matthes, Reilly Morris and Sophia Panagakis played well.