Cookson to Fitchburg State University
West Springfield, MA (2.2021) The Springfield PICS are proud to announce that the 2000 born forward Oliver Cookson has committed to Fitchburg State University for the fall. A native of Sheffield, MA the 6’2 20-year-old Cookson has 15 goals and 21 assists in 39 season games. The Fitchburg State University Falcons play in the MASCAC under NCAA Division 3.
“Oliver is a 200-foot hockey player. He goes hard to the net and can create offensive opportunities in small areas. His tremendous work ethic and leadership will make him an excellent Falcon.” Fitchburg State University coach Dean Fuller said in a statement.
“Oliver has done everything we have asked of him. He plays in all key situations for our team. He came to us after playing four seasons at Berkshire Academy for his final year of junior eligibility. Not only if Oliver our leading scorer, it’s what he does everyday that makes him a special player. We look forward to watch Oliver play the next four years at Fitchburg state with other Pics alumni.” Pics General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted.
College Development Coach John Sarno was quoted saying “Oliver is a well-rounded player with exceptionally good hockey IQ. He is strong on his feet and the puck. He is going to be an excellent addition to a very strong Fitchburg State hockey program”
“I’m beyond grateful to continue my hockey career. This would not be possible without the sacrifices from many others. I want to thank my parents for always believing in me. I also want to thank all of my coaches who’ve shaped me into the player and person I’ve become. I would like to thank my teammates throughout the years for pushing me to be better and making the game special. Lastly, I would like to thank the Springfield Pics organization. Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins have put so much into our team that makes it special to play for the Pics, and for that, thank you.” Oliver Cookson made in a written statement.
Cookson joins Pics alumni Josh Miller and Gene Bouthiette onto the Falcons roster.
Premier's fall to Bandits 3 - 1
The Premier squad battled strong, but fell to the Bandits 3 - 1.
Oliver Cookson scored the Pics only goal with under 5 to go in the 3rd to spoil the shutout and bring the Pics within one when he made Kausch pay for playing the puck out and grabbed the pass. He then spun around and put the puck in 5-hole. Connor O'Brien and Matthew Tullo were credited with the assists.
Matthew Jonas stopped 17 out of 19 shots for the loss.
Elite's fall to Bandits
The Pics may have struck first, but the Bandits stole it away from the Pics Friday afternoon, defeating the Pics 6 - 5.
Just past the half way point in the 1st period, Dominick Balboni and Paud O'Brien broke down the ice on a 2 on 1. Balboni dished it off to O'Brien who shot it at the net. Balboni grabbed the rebound and stuffed it in to make it 1 - 0.
Just three minutes later Connor Cognac batted the puck down like a dribbling a basketball and quickly deposited the puck in the back of the net. Hunter Dodds had the original shot and was credited with the assist. Dylan Taylor was credited with the secondary assist.
The B's then put up three in a row to take the lead, but Brigham Dubey converted the power play quickly when he was able to knock in the loose puck that got behind Egan. Connor Cognac had the initial shot. Matt Kennedy got the secondary assist.
The B's added one to the board to take the lead again, but Connor Cognac was able to get the goal in right after the faceoff and put the puck in the back of the net through traffic. Paud O'Brien and Dominick Balboni were both credited with assists.
The B's added one more on the shorthand to grab the lead again, but Dominick Balboni tied up the game again when he "lock-load-and fired" when he got the pass and dragged the puck out to his defensive position and popped the water bottle with a slapshot. Paud O'Brien and Matt Kennedy were both credited with assists.
Garrett Woodruff stopped 26 out of 32 shots in the loss.
Pics defeat Bandits on Tuesday afternoon
The Pics struck first early on in the 2nd period when Joe Bouchard won the face off and dished it off to Oliver Cookson who broke down the ice with Brock Baumann going ahead on the opposite wing. Cookson dished it off to Baumann who was a few feet ahead on the opposite wing. Baumann then tried to go in for a wrap around, but aborted and dished it back to Cookson for the one timer.
Brock Baumann was able to get it in the back of the net off a deflection of a Bandit player trying to get it out to Cookson. Kyle Nelson and Timofey Basarab were both credited with assists.
Timofey Basarab got the puck in the back of the net while on the backcheck. Brock Baumann and Max Moriarty initially started the pressure and caused the Bandits to dish it back to their defensive corps.
The Bandits were able to score three in a row to tie it up, but Brock Baumann was able to get the game-winning goal when he broke down the near wing and went cross ice and dragged the puck past the goaltender on the far side when he committed near side. Nick Foster and Max Moriarty were both credited with the assists.
Matthew Jonas stopped 8 out of 10 shots and Wyatt Friedlander was credited with the win, stopping 27 out of 28 shots for the Pics. Matt Peterson stopped 32 out of 36 shots for the Bandits in the loss.
Gaylor returns to Becker College
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce that the 2000-born defensemen Cam Gaylor has returned to Becker College after splitting the season with the Pics.
A native of Enfield, Conn., the 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound 20-year-old Gaylor had seven goals and 42 assists in 104 regular season games with the Pics organization.
The Becker College Hawks play in the Colonial Hockey Conference (NCAA Division III).
“We’re thrilled that Cam decided to come play with us at Becker. He’s a tremendous kid and he’s been developed the right way by the Pics organization," said Head Coach of the Hawks, Mike Young. "On the ice, he brings us a lot of qualities we’re looking for on our back end, and off the ice he’s going to fit in with our group’s identity perfectly.”
“Cam is a player whom we ask to play in all situations,” said Premier Head Coach and General Manager Rob Bonneau. “He plays extremely well on even strength and special teams situations. We look forward to watching his college career.”
Congratulations to Cam Gaylor, his family, the Springfield Pics and Becker College and best of luck to him in all of his future endeavors on and off the ice.
Premier squad falls at IHC 3 - 1
The Premier squad fell to the Islanders 3 - 1 Monday afternoon after a back and forth battle.
The Islanders got on the board first just over a minute into the game with a goal from Jack Kresl.
Joe Bouchard was able to even up the score when he took the shot from near the blue line through traffic. It bounced off an Islander player and was able to slip past Dean Hahn. Timofey Basarab and Max Moriarty were both credited with assists.
The Islanders were able to put one more in the 2nd period, plus an empty netter to solidify the win.
Matthew Jonas stopped 30 out of 32 shots in the loss.
Reynolds commits to St. Anslem College
West Springfield, MA (2.2021) The Springfield PICS are proud to announce that the 2000 born forward Chase Reynolds has committed to St. Anslem College for the fall. A native of Middletown, CT the 5’10 20-year-old Reynolds has 28 goals and 55 assists in 143 season games. The St. Anselm Hawks play in the Northeast-10 Hockey Division II conference.
“I was impressed with Chase the first time I saw him play. He competes in all three zones and hunts any loose puck. He goes to the net hard and has a quick release. I like players that are captains and when he came to campus for a visit you could tell he is a character young man. Looking forward to seeing Chase in a Hawk jersey over the next four years.” Hawks Head Coach Larry Rocha was quoted in a statement
“Chase is the hardest working player on the ice every night. It was a pleasure to watch his development these past four seasons, two with our U18 squad, and two with our Premier club. He was a captain for the last three seasons and could one day be a captain of the Hawks. He is going to have a great career and I look forward to watching him play in college. We are looking forward to developing a pipeline to St. Anselm College.” Pics General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted about Reynolds.
College Development Coach John Sarno was quoted at saying “Chase is a powerful skater who plays an exceptionally reliable game in all three zones. He is a guy you want on your team and in your locker room.”
Chase Reynolds was asked about his feelings, and he responded via e-mail with the following statement. “This is a dream come true for me. I’ve been watching NCAA hockey ever since I can remember, and this is huge milestone. I’d like to thank my parents for always believing in me, I owe a lot of my success to them. Most importantly, I would like to thank the Springfield Pics organization. Coach Bonneau and Coach Collins have not only showed me how to be a better hockey player, but a better person as well. I’m looking forward to our playoff push in my last season of juniors and the next four years of college hockey at St. Anselm’s.”
The Pics struck first, but the Islanders had two unanswered goals in the 3rd to skate away with the victory on Saturday night 2 - 1.
Oliver Cookson got the loan goal for the Pics just past the half way point in the 1st period when he set up just outside the near faceoff circle in front of the net and he got a pass from Connor O'Brien who wrapped around the Islanders goal to attempt a goal, but passed the puck through traffic to Cookson who deposited it in the back of the net. Nick Foster was credited with the secondary assist.
The Islanders deposited two unanswered goals in the 3rd period. The Pics did pull Friedlander for the extra attacker, but could not convert on the numerous attempted and fell 2 - 1. Friedlander stopped 30 out of 32 shots for the loss.
The Pics and the B's battled back and forth Saturday night, but it was three unanswered goals that threw momentum in the favor of the B's, and the Pics fell 6 - 4.
Dominick Balboni, and Paud O'Brien each had multi-point nights.
Sam Zavelson stopped 21 out of 27 shots for the loss.
Pics shut out the Bruins 2 - 0
Twenty seconds is all that is needed for the Pics to score, and throw the momentum early into the Pics direction as they defeated the Bruins 2 - 0, as Wyatt Friedlander picked up his third shutout as a Pic, all at home.
Chase Reynolds picked up the Pics' first goal 20 seconds on in when he was sitting about 5 feet in front of the glove side of Macchioni after Julian Perino and Matthew Kowal battled with the Bruins for possession behind the B's net. Kowal was able to gain possession briefly and dished it off to Reynolds who one-timed it into the back of the net.
The Bruins tried in the final moments of the game with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, but Max Moriarty put the nail in the coffin for the B's with the empty net goal.
Friedlander stopped all 30 shots for the win.
Premiers defeat Bruins in a shootout
It was a busy 2nd period for both teams, but it took all the way to a shootout for the Pics to defeat the Bruins 4 - 3.
Oliver Cookson scored at just over 8 minutes into the 2nd period. Connor O'Brien and Matthew Tullo each got assists. Xavier Erickson scored just over a minute later when he got feeds from Nicholas Lopes and Matt Pelletier.
The Bruins scored twice in under a 20 seconds to make it 3 - 2, but Julian Perino scored just over 3 minutes into the 3rd period to tie it up. Nicholas Lopes and Matthew Kowal each got assists.
Basarab and O'Brien each scored in the shootout, with Jonas turning away 3 out of 4 attempts for the Bruins in the win. Jonas stopped 48 out of 51 shots in the win.