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Frontier’s Doug Hanieski notches 100th point for Greenfield hockey team in win over Wahconah

  • Greenfield forward Doug Hanieski has his shot deflected by Wahconah goalie Jake Risley in the first period Monday night. Staff PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield forward Bryan Baumann scores his second goal of the game late in the first period on Monday. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Above, Greenfield’s Kyle Barnes looks to carry the puck wide around the Wahconah defense Monday night in Greenfield where Barnes had one goal in the Wave’s 4-0 victory. Below, Doug Hanieski digs out a puck along the boards. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s Bryan Baumann fires a shot toward goal as he is tightly checked, Monday night. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s Doug Hanieski digs the puck out from behind Wahconah's net in the first period Monday night. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Wahconah’s Ryan LaPierre takes the brunt of a checking attempt on Greenfield’s Doug Hanieski Monday night at Collins-Moylan Arena. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 1/7/2019 11:42:41 PM

GREENFIELD — They may have to hang up a new banner at Collins-Moylan Arena for Doug Hanieski.

The Frontier Regional student Greenfield hockey team member notched an assist on Bryan Baumann’s first-period goal to register the 100th point of his varsity hockey career, and the Green Wave went on to shut out Wahconah Regional High School 4-0 on Monday.

Hanieski spent his first two varsity seasons playing for Turners Falls before that program folded and began a cooperative with Greenfield. While there are both Greenfield and Turners Falls 100-point club banners hanging at Collins-Moylan — and Hanieski will undoubtedly join the Green Wave banner — he does become the first player to join the exclusive club with ties to both teams. He won’t likely be the last, as linemate Baumann nes less than 20 points to reach the individual goal.

While Hanieski acknowledged that reaching the mark was something he imagined doing as he began his varsity career, adding his name to the 100-point club is not the only banner he is looking to be a part of in the rink.

“This was kind of a goal of mine going into high school, but I think myself and this team has bigger goals, which is to win a western Mass. title this year,” the senior captain said.

Hanieski’s 100th point came with 7 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the first period when he found Baumann with a pass near center ice that sent Baumann in on a 2-on-1 with Sean O’Sullivan. As the defenseman moved in position to take away the passing lane, Baumann got a clear path to walk in on Wahconah goalie Jake Risley. Baumann skated over the faceoff dot and snapped a wrist shot over the glove hand, just under the bar, to give the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.

The crowd, which had several homemade 100-point signs on hand, cheered as Hanieski’s 100th point was announced.

“Doug is the consummate captain,” Green Wave coach Adam Bouchard said. “We all know that getting the individual milestones is important, but if you hear the things Doug is saying, there is one banner that is most important to him. He shows that by doing all the little things — penalty killing, blocking shots, putting the puck on the sticks of his teammates — he truly is the captain you want for year two of this new wave of Green Wave hockey.”

The Green Wave (5-0-2) got off to a great start, cracking the scoresheet in just 65 seconds. Kyle Barnes finished off a feed from Booie Harris to stake the Wave a 1-0 lead.

“We always try to come out and show the intensity that we want to bring and attempt to put something home early,” Bouchard said. “When you are playing a team that is coming off an hour, or hour and a half bus ride, we really want to jump on them early, and I think being able to do that set the tone.”

With the Wave leading 2-0 late in the frame, Baumann got his second of the game to send the Green Wave into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. On the goal-scoring play, Baumann stole the puck from the Wahconah defense near the Warriors’ blueline, curled inside the zone and again walked in on Risley, near-side. For the second time in less than five minutes, Baumann again snapped off a wrist shot that he sent top shelf.

“We’ve been working on him trying to pick that top bar down, and being able to find it not once but twice in the same game is pretty special,” Bouchard said.

The scoring slowed from there. Neither team connected in the second period, and in the third the Green Wave put things away when Jacob Bryant scored on a slap shot from the blue line. Bryant took a feed from defensive linemate Tony Wozny and fired a shot low through traffic that Risley did not appear to see.

Riley Drew finished with 18 saves in net to register the shutout, perhaps none better than when Seamus Hayes took a backdoor pass on the power play and had a gaping net staring at him when he fired a shot from in close, but Drew got across the line and snared the puck with his glove.

“We have a good offense, but I think what this team is built on is our defense,” Hanieski sadi. “We take pride in our defense. We have strong defenders and the forwards do whatever we can to backcheck and help out on defense.”

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