Crunch takes two wins and a pile of Teddy Bears

Deborah Morin
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The Crunch’s annual Teddy Bear Drop was held at the Dec. 7 game against Espanola. Owner/Head Coach Ryan Leonard is seen here with Renée Vezeau Beaulieu of Best Western who partnered in the event. JPG, TP

Cochrane vs Powassan
The Crunch faced a 5-3 loss at the Tim Horton Events Centre last week against the Voodoos.

The first period started with a goal from Cochrane’s Nicholas Grandy but was quickly followed by four goals from Powassan’s Parker Bowman (2), Dylan Gajewski and Sam Ellwood.

In the second period, Cochrane’s Maxwell Tucker picked up a single.

In the third stanza there was a goal by Crunch’s Matthew Minichiello and the Voodoo’s Cade Herd.

Stars of the game were the Voodoos Parker Bowman and Jacob Peterson-Galema while Crunch’s Matthew Minichiello earned a nod.

Ryan Leonard, owner/head coach of the Cochrane Crunch posted “The boys came out tonight starting off with some fire in the first then immediately went into a shell mode and gave the Voodoos way too many quality chances. The boys had a great second and great work ethic and stayed with it. In the first eight minutes, Crunch played short handed and did a great job on the kill then went to work. The boys in the third played, what I would say, is the best all around period of hockey I seen this year. They held the Voodoo to two shots and got within one goal and missing many wide open cages but just wasn’t meant to be. I saw a lot of positives from the boys. I have been saying all year long when we learn how to play a full 60 minutes and start to play physical and stay out of box we could play and beat anyone. I am confident it’s going to come.”

Cochrane vs Espanola
Jacob Seyers overtime goal managed to put the Cochrane Crunch ahead in a 4-3 win over Espanola Express.

There was no scoring in the first game at the Tim Horton Events centre when the Crunch faces the Express but Cochrane came out hard in the second scoring three back to back goals by Mathhew Minichiello, Ryan Hunter and Kobe Barrette before Espanola’s Robert Maulucci could score.

The third period, however, turned the game around with two gaols by the Express of the sticks of Zack Trempner and Lukas Lyszyk.

Getting the stars of the games accolades were Jacob Seyers and Travis Szafron of the Crunch and Carson Boutin, goalie for the Express.

The Crunch held their annual Teddy Bear Toss during the game with the Express and garnered quite a few plush toys for children in the community.

Cochrane vs Gold Miners
In their final meet during the week, the Crunch took the win over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners with a 4-3 victory.

Despite the first two goals going to the Gold Miners at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex by Connor Van Weelie and Max Newnam, the Crunch turned it around. Matthew Minichiello sunk the first goal for Cochrane.

Van Weelie scored his second goal of the game only .48 seconds in the second stanza but Cochrane came out with three goals of their own by Hunter Buzzi, Dokota Seaman who earned his first goal of the season and Owen Perala who scored the winning shot at 19:25 of the second.

Both goalies managed to fend off any points in the third.

Earning spots on the stars of the game podium were Cochrane’s Matthew Minichiello and the Goldminers Max Newnam and Connor Van Weelie.

Leonard noted “We came out flat once again and found ourselves down 3-1 early in second period and then found our grove and battled back. We came out with a 4-3 win on the road in Kirkland Lake. The boys are getting so many good chances and again fired another 50 plus shots in the other teams building but we are sticking with it and finding ways to win.”

The Crunch will have three games this week before they leave for a three week Christmas break. They are in Hearst Tuesday and Friday and then home Saturday night vs Timmins.