BERLIN — Mr. Pizza took the North Country Hockey League Cup Monday night with a 4-2 win over the Town & Country, their second straight win in a best-of-three series.
After a scoreless first period, the champs took a 2-0 lead with those two goals coming in the second period, but T&C did not fold, but instead scored one of their own to make it close 2-1 after one period.
Third period action had Mr. Pizza scoring to take another two-goal lead, only to have the Inn Keepers score to narrow it down to 3-2.
With time running out, the T&C pulled their goalie to get the extra skater, which backfired, as Mr. Pizza scored an empty-netter to win the game, the series and the 2020 championship.
The final score: Mr. Pizza, 4 T&C, 2.
Period 1 was scoreless.
Period 2 goals:
Mr. Pizza at 2:51, Jay Poulin from Travis L’Heureux and Sawyer Sanschagrin.
Mr. Pizza at 9:19, Cam Cochran from Shane Warren and Dana Deblois.
T&C at 9:36 (powerplay), Jeremy Eafrati from Jesse Deblois.
Period 3 goals:
Mr. Pizza at 4:57, Jay Poulin from Erik Guilbeault.
T&C at 6:53, Jeff O’Neil from Jesse Deblois and Jeremy Eafrati.
Mr. Pizza at 10:47, (Empty Net) Cam Cochran from Justin Montelin.
Johnny Parkhurst had 17 saves on 19 shots.
Nate Leborgne had 20 saves on 23 shots.
A big “Thank You” goes out to Mark Bisson, Secretary of the league, for promptly and consistently sending me scoring sheets and other statistics throughout the season. As a reminder, I will cover just about any sport in the area, as long as someone involved with the sport, furnishes me with information. The North Country Hockey League officials did that.
The top 10 scoring leaders for the season included:
1. Cam Cochran for Mr. Pizza: 18 goals 12 assists = 30 points.
2. Matt Soprano for Fagin’s Pub: 13 goals, 9 assists, 22 points.
3. Mark Bisson for Amoskeag: 5 goals, 16 assists, 21 points.
4. Tom Bisson for Amoskeag: 13 goals, 8 assists, 21 points.
5. Sawyer Sanschgrin for Mr. Pizza: 8 goals, 12 assists, 20 points.
6. Jeff O’Neil for T&C: 12 goals, 6 assists, 18 points.
7. Greg Wedge for T&C: 8 goals, 10 assists, 18 points.
8. Jeremy Eafrati for T&C: 3 goals, 15 assists, 18 points.
9. Travis L’Heureux for Mr. Pizza: 10 goals, 8 assists, 18 points.
Tyler Martin for Amoskeag: 5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points.
Goalies’ Stats: Won/Lost
Season Record Shots on Goal Saves Save %
Brian Middleton for Amoskeag: Season record, 9-4; 209 shots on goal and 181 saves or 86.6 percent.
Johnny Parkhurst for Mr. Pizza: Season record, 10-5; 267 shots on goal and 230 saves or 86.1 percent.
Zach Cascadden for Fagin’s Pub: Season record, 4-10; 307 shots on goal and 256 saves or 84.3 percent.
Nathan Leborgne for T&C: Season record, 5-9; 300 shots on goal and 248 saves or 82.7 percent.
League President Matt Soprano thanked “everyone who made this season so successful, from the Notre Dame Arena Staff, Connor Couture (scorekeeper), referees and players. The playoffs were exciting with the T&C coming from the No. 4 seed to upset No. 1 seed Amoskeag in the first round, and then give Mr. Pizza a run for their money in the finals, with two very good games. We are looking forward to next season and you can already check things out by going to Instagram “northcountryhockey to twitter@northcountryho1.”
And I want to thank Matt and Mark for keeping me in the loop with their successful season; it was much appreciated.