High schools: Trevor Kuchieski, Greenfield score 3 goals in less than a minute to grab 3-3 tie with Agawam

  • Greenfield’s Shane Prusak (5) takes a shot against Agawam during overtime Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12), left, and Shane Prusak (5) celebrate after their three combined third period goals against Agawam on Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Shane Prusak (5) shoots and scores against Agawam in the third period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12), left, gets a shot past Agawam goalkeeper Brandon Prior for a goal in the third period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12), back, scrapes a shot past Agawam goalkeeper Brandon Prior for his second goal of the third period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Jayson Smith fires a shot against Agawam during overtime Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Sammy Knight (16) puts a shot on goal against Agawam during overtime Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield celebrates after one of their three goals scored in the third period against Agawam on Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12) takes a shot for a goal against Agawam in the third period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Kevin Baumann (7) takes a shot against Agawam in the third period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s MJ Paulin takes a shot against Agawam in the second period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12) breaks past Agawam defenders AJ Robbins (9) and Brett Eggleston (15) before being stopped by goalkeeper Brandon Prior in the second period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Derek Wissman (22) fights for the puck against Agawam goalkeeper Brandon Prior and defender David Newsome (14) in the second period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Matt Lavoine (20), left, tosses Agawam’s AJ Robbins (9) in the first period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Kevin Baumann (7) carries the puck up the ice against Agawam defender AJ Robbins (9) in the first period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12) takes a shot against Agawam in the first period Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12) gets a shot past Agawam goalkeeper Brandon Prior in the second period before being called back for an out of place net Wednesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/19/2022 9:35:03 PM
Modified: 1/19/2022 10:04:32 PM

GREENFIELD — Things looked bleak for the Greenfield hockey team late in the third period Wednesday night.

The Green Wave trailed visiting Agawam by a 3-0 margin with just six minutes to play. With time winding down, the Brownies were in firm control of the game and appeared destined to cruise to an independent victory at Collins-Moylan Arena. 

Things changed with 5 minutes, 16 seconds to play, however. Trevor Kuchieski found the back of the net to get Greenfield on the board. Then Kuchieski scored again 42 seconds later, and just 17 seconds after that, Shane Prusak sniped a goal of his own. In the blink of an eye, the Green Wave produced three goals – all in under a minute of game action to tie the contest with 4:17 to play. 

Neither squad was able to produce a goal the rest of the way, and after a scoreless overtime, the teams settled for a 3-3 tie.

“I hate to lose more than I like to win so I don’t really know how to feel about a tie,” Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard said. “When you look at being down 3-0 in the third period, it’s nice to see your team face some adversity, come together, keep the momentum building and cut into the lead one goal at a time. It makes you wonder if we had done that for all 45 minutes of the game what would have happened.” 

The Green Wave (5-3-1) comeback started with Kevin Baumann making a pass on the boards to Kuchieski. The junior then ripped a shot into the top left corner of the goal, beating Agawam goalie Brandon Prior, to get the rally started. 

The same Greenfield line stayed out there, won the faceoff and skated into the Brownies end. Prusak dished the puck to Matt Lavoine, who fired a shot on goal. The attempt was blocked by Prior, but he was unable to corral the rebound. The puck rolled off his blocker and slid across the crease, where Kuchieski dove in and tapped it home to cut the Agawam lead to 3-2 with 4:34 to play. 

“The first goal I just fired it and it went in,” Kuchieski said. “It was a nice pass off the board from Kevin so I got it and picked a corner. The second one I saw the puck trickling toward the net so I dove for it and tried putting it in the net as soon as possible.”

With the Brownies reeling, the Green Wave kept their foot on the gas. Greenfield won the ensuing faceoff and raced down the ice again where Kuchieski found Prusak at the point. Prusak blistered a shot through traffic that made it into the back of the net, tying the game 3-3 with 4:17 to go and capping three goals scored in just 59 seconds. 

“We came out and got some intensity going,” Kuchieski said. “We were playing short-shifted and playing poorly in the first two [periods]. We potted one, potted another and kept fighting. That comeback gives us a lot of energy and confidence. We had a lot of intensity once we got up and we started playing Green Wave hockey the way we normally do.” 

Both teams had chances to win it in the final four minutes of regulation and the six-minute overtime period, but neither Prior or Green Wave goalie Josh Bordeaux let anything past them.

The reason Greenfield found itself in a position where it was forced to make the comeback was due to how well Agawam (1-8-1) played for the opening two and a half periods. 

It didn’t take the Brownies long to light up the scoreboard, with Connor Adamczyk zipping a shot from the point into the back of the Green Wave goal just 1:37 into the game to give Agawam the early 1-0 lead. 

That score held until the end of the first period. The Brownies tacked on a second goal with 8:16 to play in the second period after Ryan Maloney tipped in a shot by Peyton Buffum. 

With 3:08 to go in the second period, Buffum drove through the Green Wave defense and fired a shot from straight away that found nylon, giving Agawam a commanding 3-0 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation. 

“We can’t let that happen,” Bouchard said. “We were lucky to be able to battle back. Agawam is a good team. They’re well coached and very skilled. As a coaching staff we have to figure out why we started slow. The good thing is we didn’t come away with a loss. The bad thing is we only played for the last part of the third period and overtime.” 

Bouchard said Greenfield went back to basics to get itself back in the game. 

“The last two weeks of practice we’ve been working on the little things and fundamentals,” he said. “For the first two and a half periods we weren’t doing any of that. When it started to click there at the end of the third period and in overtime, you could see the difference. When we execute the things that are being taught and execute the design of the game plan, good things can happen.” 

The Green Wave are back in action on Saturday at Collins-Moylan, hosting Wright Division foe Drury at 6:30 p.m. 

Wrestling

Mahar 48, Franklin Tech 27 — Four different Senators won their matches to pull away with a victory over the Eagles on Wednesday. 

Xander Roberts (152), Luke Chiado (160), Cameron Doyle (182) and Anya Roberts (220) won their matches for Mahar while Will Rosenberg (120), Zaydrien Alamed (126) and Josh Brunelle (145) won their matches for Franklin Tech. 

Girls basketball

Franklin Tech 54, Putnam 43 — After struggling to put the ball in the basket on Tuesday against Turners, the Eagles couldn’t miss on Wednesday against Putnam. 

Franklin Tech knocked down 11 3’s and went 7-10 from the charity stripe to earn a Franklin County League South win over the visiting Beavers. 

Kendra Campbell scored 22 points, with Hannah Gilbert adding 15 points in the win. Lea Chapman finished with six points and Kaitlin Trudeau had five points for the Eagles. 

Turners 33, Pioneer 24 — Trailing 20-19 heading into the four th quarter, Thunder Emily Young went off for 11 points in the final frame to lead Turners to a Franklin County League South victory on Thursday. 

Young finished with 19 points in the win. Steph Peterson and Holly Myers each had four points while Lily Spera scored three points for the Thunder. 

Hailey Ring tallied eight points for Pioneer, with Sofia Walker, Addison Harrington and Caroline Ring each scoring four points in the loss. 


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