Guinane Shines in Net as Billerica Wins

Guinane Shines in Net as Billerica Wins
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by Ryan Kilian @masspreps

BILLERICA – The rivalry between the Billerica Indians and Chelmsford Lions is one of the most storied and historical high school sports rivalries in the Commonwealth. Each year when these neighboring programs go head-to-head the intensity is always on full display.

Tuesday was no different, as No. 19 Billerica and Chelmsford battled on Veteran’s Alumni field in a match-up of early-season undefeated teams.

Leading 7-5 at the half, Billerica’s defense, led by goalie Justin Guinane (12 Saves),  seized control of the game and held strong, en-route to a 9-6 Merrimack Valley Conference victory.

“Our defense has really played great all year,” Billerica coach Craig Flynn said. “In the win against Reading to start the year the defense really stood out and they have continued to improve and will keep getting better.”

Flynn also lauded the play of his senior goalie.

“Justin is a senior now and he is a leader back there,” Flynn added. “He has great hands and he has just had a great start to the season for us.”

Billerica’s offense was led by attackman Tyler Morris and middie Patrick Quinn, who each netted a hat trick and dished out an assist in the win.

“Chelmsford started out in their zone defense, which they had success with last year when they played against us,” Flynn said. “Our kids executed very well in our zone offense and we found some openings.”

Chelmsford (2-1), trailing 3-1 after the first quarter and 7-3 midway through the second quarter, put together a nice run to conclude the half, as Sal Lupoli controlled the faceoff X and attackman Cam Arena found the back of the net to cut the Billerica lead to two, at 7-5, heading into the break.

“We settled into the rhythm of the game a bit in the second quarter,” Chelmsford coach Sean Wright said. “We started winning the groundballs on the faceoffs, which helped us, as Billerica was possessing the ball for the majority of the half.”

Chelmsford would open the second half with a goal, as Ben Gastonguay found Kullen Stone flashing to the cage, cutting the Billerica lead to one at 7-6. That would be it for the Lions, however, as the Indian’s defense would lock down and add two insurance goals, capping off the win.

Billerica received strong games from long poles CJ Cyrus, Ben Stone, Nolan Houlihan, and Brian Sardella. Short Stick Middie Nicholas Gualtieri also did a nice job in settled and in transition situations.

Defenseman Christian Finn, and middies Christian Gastonguay and Tommy Snelson also played well in the loss for Chelmsford.

The much-anticipated rematch between the rivals is set for Friday, May 4th at 7 pm at Chelmsford High School.

 

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Game Stats

Billerica

Tyler Morris – 3 G, 1 A

Patrick Quinn – 3 G, 1 A

James Einarson – 1 G, 1 A

Ryan Quinn – 1 G, 1 A

Sam Sartell – 1 G

Jack Hutchings – 1 A

Justin Guinane – 12 Saves

 

Chelmsford

Cam Arena – 2 G

Kullen Stone – 1 G, 1 A

Ben Gastonguay – 1 G, 1 A

Brendan Riley – 1 G

Brendan Lally – 1 G

Sal Lupoli – 1 A

Tom Hopkins – 9 Saves

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