8:40 am January 21st, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Mad Dogs pulled out all the stops at O'Brien Ice Rink in Woburn to win 10-2 vs. Weston. A few minutes into the first, the goals started and continued all three periods. Weston tried to rally in the second with a couple power plays, but they were still unable to hold back the Mad Dog offense coached by Bill Pepicelli and Gerard Marchese.
The points started off with Ryan O'Connor assisted by Chris Mills and Jeff Russo about four minutes into the game. Cam Mercier, assisted by Cam Arrigo and Alex Russo made it 2-0. Then, Dave Schorr from J. Russo and Robbie Ramirez added another. Finally, J. Russo assisted by O'Connor and Desharnais made a strong statement skating hard at the net. The Mad Dogs started strong in the second period too where Ramirez scored, assisted by J. Russo and O'Connor. Then, Logan D'Auria added another goal, assisted by Mills and Arrigo. Weston tried to get some offense going but could only score twice against Raphael DeCarlucci.
The third period stayed in favor of the Mad Dogs while Brian “Shoe” Wilshusen, coming into the game as goalie, kept tight control in front of the net. Nick Scali scored, assisted by Timmy Bridges and D'Auria. Then, Mercier had a fierce shot from the point, assisted by Nick Dalla-Santa and Scali.
Up 8-2, the Mad Dogs did not slow down, as Dalla-Santa scored, assisted by Desharnais and Mercier, both playing impressive defense. To finish up the goals, O'Connor, assisted by Arrigo and Desharnais made the final score 10-2. Shoe had a shut-out for his play in the third, squashing any hopes Weston had of catching up with some nice saves.
Overall, the Mad Dogs did not disappoint this week, after a tough loss to Gloucester last Monday. A string of away games face the team in the next two weeks where their skills will be tested, especially at the rematch vs. Gloucester Monday February 4th. Follow the team's progress on twitter @MSMSMadDogs, or check out the website at maddoghockey.net. The season stands at 6-4-1.