Former Senator Mike Vecchione scored the Calder Cup Finals series-winner in Hershey’s 3-2 overtime Game Seven victory over the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Vecchione’s tally came with 3:41 remaining in the first overtime period.
Mike was Captain at Malden Catholic his senior year of high school and had 70 points. He played Senators during his high school days in the fall season for the Senators in 2009.
In this Senior Spotlight we take a look at 4-year Senator & Andover Golden Knights goalie Jake Brezner. Jake came to the Senators program in 2017-2018 season as a member of our 15U Tier 1 team prior to his freshman campaign at Andover. That season Andover made the Super 8 tournament and Jake was a member of that team. Jake’s sophomore season saw him make the jump up to our 18U T2 National team playing for Coach Bonish and his staff. “Jake was the backbone of our 15U team and playing against top teams like the Cape Cod Whalers, Jr Bruins and other top Tier 1 programs, I thought he would be a great goalie to play for us at the 18U level.” Jake did not disappoint, he was 12-1-2 with a 1.65 GAA. The highlight of the season was Jake’s impressive 4-3 overtime win over the GBL Bruins in the State Tournament Semi Finals. Jake also defeated the Quincy 67’s 4-2 in the Premier Hockey League Championship Game. In 2019-2020, Jake was back with the 18U National team. The team lost to Barnstable in the Mass Hockey State Tournament, the eventual state champion, but Brezner was in net for the PHL Championship game. Jake led the team to a 4-2 win over the Cape Cod Lightning.
This past season Jake was his usual self, compiling a 9-1-2 record and leading the Senators to first place in the division. Covid-19 and Mass Hockey rules limited the team to play regular season games only and canceled any playoffs and state tournaments this season. The 18U National team finished with a 17-5-2 record overall and would have played in the Mass Hockey State Tournament this spring but that was also canceled.
Jake finished his Senators career with the 18U National team with a record of 28-6-4 with 4 complete game shutouts. He had a 2.29 GAA in over 1,700 minutes played. The Senators team participated in the Mass Hockey State Tournament all 3 years and captured two Premier Hockey League Playoff Championships. As a sophomore and junior Jake won 2 MVC Division 1 championships, the only 2 MVC division championships in Andover history.
Jake has been accepted to all 3 colleges that he applied to for Bio-Mechanical Engineering that includes University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina and University of Vermont and will continue to play hockey in college. Jake has been a valuable member of our Eastern Mass Senators program for 4 years and we wish him the best in his future.