Cardigan Varsity Hockey played their last game on Friday night against KUA for a spot in the Lakes Region junior varsity final. During the regular season, both teams had victories on their home ice, so the Cougars were confident they could make it again to the final. The Cougars started the game well; Adam Becht '19 making clutch saves and Jackson Gates '19 giving the Cougars the lead with a superb effort and a beautiful shot. In the second period, KUA came back strong, tied the game, and the games outcome and the ticket to the finals against Tilton would depend on the third period. The Wildcats scored three quick goals to lead 4-1 with 7 minutes left in the game. The Cougars tried to mount a comeback with goals from Kyle Murray-Smith '20 and Quin Cepiel '19, but it was too little too late.
Brady Leisenring, Head Coach
Mike Jangro, Assistant
Cam McCusker, Assistant
After graduating from Cardigan in 1998, Coach Leisenring played in the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNDP) and served as captain of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2001. He remains second in total games played for the USNDP. At the University of Vermont, he captained the Catamounts for three seasons and earned both All-East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and ECAC All-Academic Team selections.
Coach Leisenring played professional hockey for a total of nine years in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and teams in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. He most recently worked alongside his Cardigan roommate Tim Graham ’98 at The St. James, a sports, wellness, and entertainment center in Springfield, Virginia, where he served as Director of Hockey Coaching. He has also coached professional hockey with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.
3 Critty Conroy, Center, Dorchester, MA
6 Graydon Schweizer, Right Wing, Alexandria, VA
8 Jackson Gates, Left Wing, Nashua, NH
9 Aiden Thede, Defense, Bradenton, FL
10 AJ Noel, Defense, Maynard, MA
11 Bryce Terry, Right Wing, Conway, NH
13 Quinn Cepiel, Right Wing, Concord, NH
14 Otto Pitkanen, Center, Hyvinkaa, Finland
*16 Cam Cyr, Center, Exeter, RI
15 Tre Ahn, Right Wing, North York, Ontario
17 Kyle Murray-Smith, Left Wing, Norwich, VT
18 Sam Sibold, Center/Left Wing, Essex Junction, VT
19 Cooper Warrington, Center/Defense, Edina, MN
20 Silas Van Vranken, Defense, Hinesburg, VT
21 Matthew Grabmann, Defense, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
22 Isaac Abbott, Defense, Halifax, Nova Scotia
*23 Rocco Pace, Left Wing, Needham, MA
30 Adam Becht, Goal, Enfield, NH
31 Colin O’Brien, Goalie, South Riding, VA
* Team Captains
If you were part of the crowd tonight at Turner Arena you probably witnessed the most exciting game of the year. An up and down showdown between two fast teams. Stanstead trying to avenge a loss a couple of weeks ago and Cardigan trying to increase their winning streak. Sam Sibold ‘19 put the Cougars up in the first period assisted by Critty Conroy ‘19. In the second, it was a back and forth affair where Stanstead scored twice while the Cougars scored off Rocco Pace ‘19 assisted by AJ Noel ‘19. In the third, the Spartans scored a power play goal with 11 minutes left in the game. The Cougars waited for their next power play to tie the game off Isaac Abbott's ‘19 stick assisted by Quinton Cepiel ‘19. In overtime, both teams created multiple scoring chances, but the Spartans got the best with only 30 seconds left in the game.
The Cougar boys played well particularly Adam Becht ‘19 who made multiple saves especially in the first two periods. Becht gave his team a chance to be competitive and an opportunity to win. Unequivocally his best game of the year!
The Cardigan Varsity Hockey Team were back in action this afternoon and hosted Lakes Region opponent, New Hampton. After making great progress in their team play against Eaglebrook and KUA, the Cougars were looking for continuation. The Cougars looked to be the best team on the ice for most of the game, but they were not able to put a solid effort through 45 minutes. A couple of mental mistakes kept the Huskies in the game and had the host doubting late in the match. However, late in the match, Otto Pitkanen ’19 scored the winning goal on a nice move!
Rocco Pace ‘19
Quin Cepiel ‘19
Otto Pitkanen ‘19
Although Cardigan Varsity hockey started the game quite slow, giving up a goal after 20 seconds, Adam Becht ‘19 and teammates were able to overcome the deficit and put pressure on Eaglebrook for the rest of the period. Although the first period ended 1-0 for the Eagles, the Cougars felt they were the stronger team. Halfway through the second, Graydon Schweizer ‘19 and Bryce Terry ‘20 gave the Cougars the lead. The Cougars kept rolling in the third, scoring four more goals. Although the Cougars were down three players, they kept their momentum gained against KUA and played solid hockey for almost 45 minutes. Great way to end the weekend!!!