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Additional info. from St. Paul Game

The bright spot in our turnovers was then we had only 3 turnovers IN the first half, not after it.  If we can protect the ball better, we will likely continue to have better results.

And, Evan O'Brien won 15 out of 31 faceoffs, while St. Paul won 16.  I incorrectly reported that he won 15 of 16.
Another physical game against St. Paul.  Our guess is we will be seeing them again in May.  We improved in some areas since our last game 11 days ago and not so much in others.  The boys fought hard for the entire game today.  While the shots and shots on goal were relatively close to last game's, we improved in the ground ball and face off areas from the last contest.  Here is a recap.
The final score was 18-10, St. Paul.  St. Paul put 30 shots on goal to our 18.  However, the increased effort showed in the ground balls, as we flipped the ground battle around, edging St. Paul 34-30 after losing in this area last game.  Our boys fought for every ground ball until the final horn.  Unfortunately, although we turned St. Paul over 21 times, we had 26 turnovers in this game.  The bright spot in this is we only had 3 turnovers after the first quarter.
Mills was led offensively by Jack Stone (4 goals, 1 assist), Aidan Sullivan (2 goals, 3 assists), and Evan Baden (3 goals).   Also scoring for Mills was Grayson Laberge.  We also had assists on 6 of our 10 goals, including one by our goalie Cooper Robinson on a long clearing pass to Jack Stone.
The defense showed a lot of fight today, winning the ground ball battle and creating 21 turnovers..  Leading Mills in ground balls once again was Evan O'Brien with 7 ground balls, followed by Tommy Langer, Matt Gilbert and Chris Romano with 4 each. 

Cooper Robinson saved 12 of the 30 St. Paul shots on goal.  
Evan O'Brien worked hard at the faceoff X, winning 15 of 16 faceoffs,  after losing that battle 18-7 in the first meeting.
Coach Schmitt
Coach Baden

Hi Everyone-
So we think tonight, overall, was the most balanced game our team has played so far this season.  Our offense was patient, balanced, and made good decisions.  Our defense played together as a group.  They helped each other and communicated much better than in our previous games. 

Here is a recap.
The final score was 14-2, Mills.  Mills more than doubled Watertown in shots on goal, 25-12.  We also showed our increased effort by dominating Watertown in the ground ball battle, 24-9.  Every ground ball was challenged.  We took care of the ball much better today, resulting in 17 turnovers to Watertown's 21.
Mills was led offensively by Evan Baden (4 goals, 3 assists), Aidan Sullivan (5 goals, 1 assist), and Jack Stone (4 goals, 2 assists).  Also scoring for Mills was Alex O'Donnell.  The ball moved around much better today, and with patience.  There were fewer forced shots and passes.  This resulted in 9 of our 14 goals being assisted.
The defense showed more improvement and had a very strong performance, anchored tonight by Tommy Langer and Mikey Schiappa.  It was the defense that forced the 21 Watertown turnovers and limited the Watertown offense to only 12 shots on goal, very few of which were good looks at the goal.  24 ground balls to 9 is a very telling statistic, which shows that our defense was everywhere tonight.  
Leading the ground ball battle once again was Evan O'Brien with 7 ground balls, followed by Tommy Langer and Matt DeJoseph, each with 3.  Matt Gilbert was a beast tonight on our clears, breaking the Watertown ride repeatedly to get the ball to our offense.
In the cage, Cooper Robinson saved 10 of the 12 Watertown shots on goal.  Although the defense did not allow Watertown to get many shots off on Cooper, he did make a couple of point blank saves to keep Watertown from gaining any momentum.
Evan O'Brien again dominated at the faceoff, winning 13 of 19 faceoffs on the day, scooping up many of the ground balls after winning the draw.  He was instrumental in us maintaining possession throughout the contest.

Our next game is scheduled for Friday at home against St. Paul.
  As we all remember, but would like to forget, St. Paul got the best of us recently.  Boys, don't forget that game.  Use it to motivate you.  Take tonight's effort and step it up a notch.  
Players, enjoy tonight, but be ready to get back to work tomorrow.
See everyone tomorrow.
Coach Schmitt
Coach Baden

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