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Pee Wee Rangers Thrive At Mini Chowder Cup Tournament

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The New York Pee Wee Rangers are 2014 Chowder Cup Champions! Check out how they did en route to their final victory with these game capsules...


WALPOLE, MA (August 1, 2014) – Nearly six months removed from the ice, snow, and cold of Quebec City, the New York PeeWee Rangers (2001 birth-year edition) reunited on the first day of August to take part in the 2014 Mini-Chowder Cup Tournament in suburban Boston. The Rangers resumed their winning ways taking a 5-1 win over the New England Nordiques that wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Nordiques iced a big, competitive team, but talent won out, and the Pee Wee Rangers are not in short supply of talent themselves. Led by two goals from sharpshooting Aaron Aboodi, the playmaking skills of Trevor Zegras, and the stellar goaltending of Spencer Knight, the kids from New York pulled away in the second period. As was the case in Quebec City, the defensemen, led by Ryan Pineault and Garrett Sundquist, were steady and unyielding, blocking shots and keeping their opposition to the outside.

Making their Pee Wee Rangers debuts with style were Patrick Moynihan, Colby Bailey, Braden Doyle, and Luke Morris.

Game 2 on this Friday starts at 5:40 pm vs. the Boston Generals Atlantic.


WALPOLE, MA (August 1, 2014) – Before the game, NY Pee Wee Rangers co-coaches Paul Messier and Jeff Devenney wondered if their boys would suffer a let-down playing the second of two afternoon games.

The answer from the team was a resounding, “No problem!” as the Rangers stormed to a 5-0 triumph over the Boston Generals.

No one said that more loudly than stellar centerman Trevor Zegras, who delivered his second two-goal game on the day. Zegras' final goal came on a great pass from behind the net by defenseman Braden Doyle. Taking the puck in the slot, Zegras displayed hands of gold, as he roofed a backhander.

But Trevor wasn’t the only one with a deuce in the tilt as winger Connor Carroll -- bigger, stronger, and faster than ever -- broke out with a two tallies as well. The other Rangers goal came from Zack Mouzakes who finished a beautiful pass from Liam McLinskey on a two-on-one breakaway.

Maybe the happiest news of all came from Max Caouette who got the call to start in goal and responded like a champion turning back every shot he faced. Caouette was razor-sharp throughout, withstanding two Boston power play chances on the way to his shutout.

The third and last of the bracket competition would come early Saturday morning at 8:15 am. If the Rangers advance to the playoffs, a furious day of knockout competition begins as the Chowder Cup winds its way to the last team standing.


FOXBORO, MA (August 2, 2014) - With Saturday morning's 9-0 defeat of the Hitmen, the Pee Wee Rangers finished their bracket qualification play with three wins in three games, compiling an aggregate score of 19-1. In so doing, the Rangers assured themselves of a spot in the tournament semi-finals where the competition is bound to be more formidable.

A bright and early puck-drop of 8:15 am was no problem for the Pee Wee Rangers who woke up with a vengeance on the Hitmen. Patrick Moynihan scored just 44 seconds in, and the tone was set for the rest of the tilt.

The line of Moynihan at center, captain Dom Fensore at left wing, and Connor Carroll at right wing was nothing less than dominant. Moynihan, who displayed remarkable skating and stick-handling ability, would finish the morning with a hat-trick while the gritty Fensore chipped in a pair. And once again, for a third straight game, Trevor Zegras scored a pair of goals, while Luke Morris and Aaron Aboodi also tallied.

As impressive as the attack was, the corps of defensemen needs to be singled out for praise. Blocking shots, forcing play to the outside, making crisp D-to-D and headman passes, this group of six has done it all over the first three games. Cooper Moore paired with Will Gilson; Ryan Pineault paired with Garrett Sundquist; and Colby Bailey matched with Braden Doyle have been nothing less than outstanding.

The games at the Chowder Cup are in a two 20-minute period format, and today the Rangers had the luxury of splitting the goaltending duties. Spencer Knight played the first period; Max Caouette played the second, and the two combined for a smooth shutout.

Special mention goes out to the line of Zack Mouzakes, Blake Swiggett, and Liam McLinskey who kept the opposition hemmed in their own zone throughout the contest.

An extra special shout-out goes to stick-boy extraordinaire Ty Messier, who kept the twigs hot and the boys laughing.

From here on out, however, it’s all business. While the team has the rest of today to rest and recover, the 2001 birth year division semifinal takes place Sunday morning against what will surely be a challenging team from another bracket. After today’s tilt, co-coach Paul Messier cautioned the boys against over-confidence while urging them to prepare for a full day of action tomorrow.

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