CIRIUS Accomplishes The Near Impossible – Every Player, Including Goaltender, Records A Point In 8-3 Victory
On Wednesday night, CIRIUS skated against the Shaughnessy Shooters for the third time this summer. With Jay Moye between the pipes for his ninth straight start, Will Hanley, Eric Fischer, and Ryan Nolan combined for the trio of defenseman in front of him. Mike Nill took his usual spot at center between father and son wingers, Dave and Brendan Keelen. Joe Cirincione centered the second line accompanied by his brother Steve, and Keith Meyers.
Heading into their third meeting, CIRIUS had bested Shaughnessy twice already and was looking to sweep the season series. The team came out flying and immediately captured the game's first goal. As Joe Cirincione cradled the puck around the back of the net, he slipped a pass out front to his brother Steve whose snapshot beat the goalie low glove side.
CIRIUS' quickly added to their lead as the Cirincione-Cirincione-Meyers combination struck again on their next shift. This time, Steve and Keith worked the puck in the corners until Steve saw his brother Joe open in front of the net. A slick pass to the open man and Cirincione sniped the top right corner to make the score 2-0 only minutes into the contest.
The team rolled on. A shot by Mike Nill resulted in a rebound opportunity for Will Hanley. Quick thinking and a strong shot and Hanley had the puck in the net (extending his multi-game point streak even further) for CIRIUS' third goal. Only minutes after Hanley’s tally, CIRIUS scored their fourth goal. Similar to the first goal, Steve Cirincione passed Keith Meyers who slid the puck out to Joe Cirincione who scored from directly in front of the net for his second of the game. All players on this line had a three point night.
The first period concluded with a CIRIUS lead of 4-0. As the second period began, the game became a bit more competitive. Teams exchanged goals but CIRIUS never had less than a three goal lead. Chances piled up and the team had scored three more during the period.
Ryan Nolan scored his first goal of the season after returning from a foot injury last week. Ryan received a pass in the slot and made a quick pivot, shifting his body around, moving the puck from backhand to forehand, and beat the goalie through the five-hole. Brendan Keelen scored on a short-side snapshot after breaking into the zone, coming down the left wing side, and dropping his right shoulder to power to the net. Jay Moye recorded his first assist of the season as he had initiated the play by sending the puck up the ice.
Mike Nill continued his scoring streak after a nice pass play ended with Brendan Keelen sending the puck out front. After being robbed on the initial opportunity, Nill's persistence paid off when he found the loose puck and roofed a backhand shot over the sprawling goaltender. CIRIUS led 7-3 at the end of two.
In the third period, CIRIUS struck one final time while Jay Moye shut out the opposition. Mike Nill ripped a shot from just inside the blue line which was perfectly deflected by Dave Keelen. Dave’s remarkable play capped off the game with CIRIUS’ eighth goal. They shut the game down and took home the win by a final score of 8-3.
In addition to the big win, Wednesday’s game was truly something special. The team accomplished something it had never done before in its history – every player (both skaters and goaltender) recorded at least one point in this contest. This is truly an incredible feat, one that is nearly impossible and may not be done again for quite some time.
"We all had a unique cohesion tonight. Some games, everyone just seems to be on the same page and tonight was one of those nights. The communication from player to player was evident throughout all three periods... [On his own assist] I made the save, gathered the rebound, and dished it off to Brendan. As a goalie, I don't get many chances for helpers so when they do come, it's special. We're rolling now and hoping we can carry this into the playoffs." - Goaltender, Jay Moye
This was also CIRIUS’ second straight win and seventh of the summer season. They have officially locked up the #1 seed with one final regular season game on July 31st against the only team that has defeated them. They will have the opportunity to close out the summer with a win, finish 8-2, and capture their highest regular season winning percentage in team history. Stay tuned.
2015 PLAYER STATS
2 – Chris Johnson
4 - George Fischer
5 – Joe Cirincione “A”
13 – Rob Susca "A"
19 – Brendan Keelen “C”
20 – Keith Meyers
21 – Dave Keelen
27 – Mike Pavlou
31 – Jay Moye - G
35 - Andrew Rammairone - G
42 – Eric Fischer
50 – Will Hanley “A”
52 – Scott Dinella
82 – Ryan Nolan
88 - Mike Nill
98 – George Noble