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Grafton-BVT Hockey Clinches Playoff Spot

As the old cliché goes, teams always want to peak at the right time, namely headed into the playoffs. The Grafton/Blackstone Valley Tech hockey team has been able to do just that. Head coach Brian Lehtinen's team rattled off three straight wins, including Monday's 2-0 shutout of Fitchburg, to qualify for a spot in the playoffs.
The Indians are 10-7-1 heading into the season finale against Oakmont and sit 6-3 in league play. And they're doing it with a new goalie in net. "We are putting things together and playing a good defensive game," Lehtinen said. "Vishall Bajwa is really stepping it up. He's had some great games including the shutout Monday."
Bajwa, a Grafton High junior, stepped in for the injured McKay Lewis and has posted a 1.72 goals against average and an .855 save percentage since doing so. "He was able to make some starts earlier in the season, so when McKay was injured it was an easy transition," Lehtinen said.
The transition has also been eased by the strong play of the Grafton/BVT blue line. BVT senior James Moran and Grafton junior Kyle Roy have been the top defensive pairing all season long. Moran has four goals and eight assists on the season while Roy has chipped in six goals and a pair of helpers. Valley Tech junior Nathaniel Motuzas and Grafton freshman Tyler Hart have also produced quality shifts. Hart stepped into the lineup when BVT junior Joe Corsi suffered an injury and scored his first goal in a 6-4 win over Worcester.
"The key to our team right now is the depth," Lehtinen said. "It's great when guys can step in and make the most of opportunities created by injuries. We have been great defensively, shutting teams down and getting scoring from all three lines."
Grafton High junior Nicholas Hart leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 10 assists, but five other players are producing double digit points including Moran, and Kevin Koloski from BVT and Grafton's Matthew David, Tanner Jelovcich, and Michael Najemy. Recently, BVT's Nicholas Gies and Grafton's John Sheridan have added to the depth. The line mates have combined to score seven goals and register five assists on the season.
As he has said all season, Lehtinen still feels the field is wide-open heading into the district tournament.
"Nashoba might be the toughest matchup for us but there are some other teams that could definitely beat Nashoba," he said. "There is no team that we can't beat. It's going to be a tough first and second round, no matter who we play, but we think we can go all the way. It's just a matter of keeping it together and playing our style of hockey."




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