Colson Doors captures AAHL championship

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Published on April 08, 2014

Ian Merrill presents the Nick Merrill and Corey Bates Memoral Championship trophy to Matt Colson after the win.

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The Doors came into the third period leading 3-1 and then scored three quick goals on goaltender Scott Clarke, including this goal by Matt Colson.

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Doors player Ryan Reynolds, left, faces off against Shane O'Byrne.

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Luke Crocker gains possession of the puck...

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...and then Crocker skates in and scores.

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Down 6-1, J&K Electric rallied back and scored two goals late in the third period, including scoring on this play.

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Players battle for the puck.

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The Doors almost scored on this shot but the puck rang off the crossbar.

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J&K's Adam MacDonald carries the puck up ice for the Electric.

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Shane O'Bryne gains posession of the puck...

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...and skates up ice.

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Down 6-3, and with just under one minute left in the game, J&K delayed the inevitable by taking a time out. The Doors were issued a penalty before the time out and the Electric had their goaltender pulled, giving them a six-on-four advantage for the last minute of the game.

Published on April 08, 2014

Aaron Dobson watches the clock expire as the buzzer sounds for the end of the game, and the end of the AAHL season.

AMHERST – The 2013-2014 Amherst Adult Hockey League season came to an end Tuesday night after Colson’s Overhead Doors beat J&K Electric by a score of 6-3.

With the win, Colson won the AAHL league championship, sweeping J&K 2-0 in the best-of-three championship series.

Overhead Doors player and sponsor, Matt Colson, said it felt good to win in two straight after losing in the AAHL final last season.

“We didn’t want a repeat of last year’s experience,” said Colson.

After the win he showed much respect for J&K Electric.

“J&K is the fastest team in the league for sure. We tried to slow them down by playing positional hockey and keeping them to the outside, and it worked.”

Matt Colson led the Doors in the final game with two goals and one assist, with Luke Crocker, Randy Dunn, Corey Robichaud and Stephen Skidmore adding one goal each.

Ryan Reynolds added three assists for the Doors, Mark Bennet scored two assists, while Preston Burns and Danny Small added one assist each.

Justin Matthews had one goal and one assist for J&K, Adam MacDonald and Jason Rhinas had one goal each, and Dave McLeod added one assist.

The road to the championship final did hit one bump when they lost their second game to the Elmtree Pub & Grill in the first round of the playoffs.

"In Game 3 against the Elmtree we picked it up and started playing better hockey, and kept rolling from there,” said Colson.

The Doors won that third game 5-2.

After last night's game, Colson thanked his teammates for a great season and is already looking forward to next season.

“The league couldn’t have run any smoother. It was very well organized and definitely worth the sponsorship fee, and I’ll keep a team in this for as long as I’m playing,” he said. “It’s great Amherst has this for this age group of guys to keep playing competitive hockey.”

Scoreboard:

Justine Matthews finished atop the AAHL playoff leaderboard with five goals and five assists, his J&K teammate, Adam MacDonald, was second with five goals and four assists, and the Doors Ryan Reynolds was third with four goals and five assists.

Matt Colson was fourth with four goals and four assists, Bluewave Energy’s Matt Cormier, whose team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, was fifth with three goals and two assists, and Colson’s Brad Blenkhorn was sixth, with three goals and two assists.

The Elmtree’s Seth Crowe, whose team was also eliminated in the first round, was seventh with three goals and two assists, Shane O’Byrne finished eighth with two goals and three assists, Corey Robichaud was ninth with two goals and three assists and Mike Black was tenth, with three goals and one assist.

 

 

 

Organizations: Amherst Adult Hockey League

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