Steph DiPietro is a student reporter representing the Pembroke Titans hockey team on HockeyBarn.com. Mark Duffy has been the head coach since the program started along with assistant coaches Bill and Bob Flynn.
The Pembroke Titans played against the Whitman-Hanson Panthers in their 6th season game at Pembrokes home ice, Hobomock Arena on Saturday, January 2. Pembroke went into the game with a record of 2-3-1 and Whitman-Hanson, 3-2-1
The Titans last season ended with a record of 19-3-3, were given the Patriot League Title, and were in the Division III South Semi-Finals. There have been changes since last season in the defensive lines. Goalie, Shane Joyce, now at Tabor, had a GAA of 1.58 and a .90 save percent. Two defensemen, Jared Weidemann and Joe DiPietro, both are at Dexter Prep School now. Weidemann had 13 goals and 16 assists and DiPietro had 11 goals and 14 assists.
This season, there are some new players who have been stepping up to help out the returning players which consist of mostly forwards. Last years goalies Kyle Jacobs and Kevin Plant are returning. Matt Allen, junior, is a returning defenseman as is Cullan Fitzgerald, whom had 9 points as a freshman forward last season. The forward lines of returning players include, Ryan Kulik, senior captain, 47 points from last season, and a career of 152 points(as of December 17); Matty Sheehan, junior captain, with 29 points; Chris Waterfield, junior, with 17 points; Paul Tower, junior also, with 21 points; and Tom Cahill, sophomore, with 9 points.
After the tryouts for the 2009-2010 season ended, the teams were split and the varsity team was cut down to a total of 21 players after 48 students from Pembroke High School tried out. Head Coach of the Titans, Mark Duffy said, Tryouts overall were rough, I dont think they came in shape and ready to play. My expectations are to be competitive every second, of every minute, of every period that we play.
The boys began their season with two winning, preseason scrimmages against East-Bridgewater-Abington, 6-1, and Dennis-Yarmouth, 3-1.
The official season began against Oliver Ames on December 12 at Hobomock Arena. Oliver Ames came out on top with a score of 5-1."(The Oliver Ames loss) gave us great feedback in terms of our strengths and weaknesses," Duffy said.
The following game they played Scituate that did not turned out the way they had hoped.
The Titans started to come back in the next game against Silver Lake with a 3-3 tie on December 19 at Hobomock. I think we have progressed a little bit, but boy do we have a lot to do, He said. Through three games, weve only got five goals. Weve created a lot of scoring chances, but havent been able to finish, so weve got a lot of work to do offensively.
The next two games the boys proved themselves with wins over Oliver Ames on December 28 at the Asiaf rink, 6-1, and Brockton on December 30 in Brockton, 5-2.
The Titans started with a good lead against the Panthers on January 2. The first period was 2-1. When we went up, 2-1, I felt good because we were moving well and we were skating well. I thought we were in for a good afternoon here. All of sudden, we just fell off the ledge and stopped working. We cant do that with Hanover and Duxbury coming up. Paul Tower took a shot from Mike Fall, junior forward, to tie the game, 1-1. Then Kulik shot Sheehan a pass for a breakaway goal giving them the lead only five minutes into the game. The game ended with a 6-3 loss. The Panthers ended the game with a record of, 4-3-1 and the Titans ended with 2-4-1.
The Pembroke Titans have their Future Titans Carnival on Sunday January 3, at Hobomock Arena for termites through peewees until 12:40pm to help raise money for graduating hockey players from Pembroke High school.
The Titans (2-4-1) next game is Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:10pm against Duxbury.
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