Warrior junior was a member of runner-up Middlesex/Merrimack team
Published in the August 3, 2016 edition
HAVERHILL — Wakefield Memorial High junior goalie Tyler Pugsley had quite an impressive showing in the 42nd annual Hockey Night in Boston Major Showcase which was held from Wednesday, July 27 though Sunday, July 31 at the Haverhill Valley Forum.
Pugsley was a member of the Middlesex/Merrimack squad which finished as the tournament runner-up.
The Warrior net-minder was one of two goalies on the roster as Pugsley shared the duties with highly-touted Kyle Martin of Phillips Andover. Pugsley more than held his own with his teammate as he was named a Green All-Star for the tourney, while Martin was named a Gold All-Star. The All-Stars games were held on Saturday night.
Pugsley played in 12 periods total and allowed six goals and posted four shutouts. He had a goals against average of 1.71.
The Middlesex/Merrimack team Pugsley played for did very well. The coach of the team was Bill Flanagan of the Northern Cyclones.
Middlesex/Merrimack, the second seed, dropped the title game to the Canadian Preps, the top seeded team in the playoffs, by a 4-0 score on Sunday afternoon. Middlesex/Merrimack blanked third-seeded South Shore/RI earlier in the day by a 3-0 score in the semifinals while the Canadian Preps edged Greater Boston by a 2-1 score in the semifinal that morning as well.
On Saturday, July 30, Middlesex/Merrimack defeated Connecticut/New York by a 5-3 tally in the first round of the playoffs.
In round robin play, Middlesex/Merrimack posted a 4-0-1 record and won the North Division.
On Wednesday, July 27, Middlesex/Merrimack won its opener by a 6-1 score over Suburban.
Middlesex/Merrimack prevailed in another 6-1 contest against the Sophomore All-Stars on Thursday morning, July 28. Later in the day, Middlesex/Merrimack defeated North Shore by a 4-1 tally.
On Friday, July 31, Middlesex/Merrimack tied Connecticut/New York, 1-1, in the morning contest. Later in the day, Middlesex/Merrimack took down Northern New England by a 4-2 score to win the North Division and earned the second seed for the playoffs.