CANTON – New England Pro-Am Hockey’s 2017 Jr. Chowder Cup got underway on Thursday morning. The first game of the tournament’s slate was an ’02 division match between the Boston Kerns and Team Ontario Prospects White at the Canton Ice House. A match easily taken by the Kerns, 9-1.
Boston put the throttle down in the opening minute and did not come off it until the opening half’s conclusion. Matt Beniers started the barrage just 24-seconds into the tournament, and then five different Kerns teammates followed suit to open up a 6-0 advantage. It was an assault that included goals in the first and last minutes of the half.
Ontario defenseman Ryan Maynard stopped some of the bleeding with the opening goal of the second half, the score coming at 11:35 to make it 6-1, but the Kerns went back to work shortly thereafter to round out the game’s final score. Three more strikes in the game’s remaining minutes to bring it to 9-1.
In total, nine different Boston skaters were credited with points in the contest, Beniers leading the way with a four-point showing (1G, 3A). Tucker Hartmann (2G, 1A), Brendan Fennell (2G), Cody Sealy (1G, 1A), Peter Kramer (1G, 1A) and Alex Nazarian (1G, 1A) all also had multiple points against Ontario.
Goaltender Drew Commesso was credited with the win.