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Mites Go Undefeated to Win Shamrock Showdown

The first-ever Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey team to compete in a tournament with travel hockey teams, our Mites, ages 4-8, played with a determination the travel teams didn’t see coming.

The Shamrock Showdown, held at Protec Ponds Ice Center and hosted by the Protec Ducks, held their annual Shamrock Showdown this past weekend. The Warriors Mites competed against Bayonne, Brick, and two different Ducks to take the title.

In the first game, the Warriors faced off against a tough Bayonne team. Tied 1-1 through the first half it looked to be a nail-biter, but our Warriors played strong and finished with a 5-2 win. Their second game against Brick was decidedly uneven, with the Warriors winning 16-3 and leaving them with a 2-0 record for the tournament overall.

Sunday was a big day for the Warriors with victories against both the Rangers and a Ducks B team. With a 4-0 tournament record, the Warriors were placed firmly into the championship game.

Facing a tough Ducks team, also undefeated in the tournament, the Warriors went in strong, scoring five unanswered goals early in the game. The Ducks came back hard in the 2nd half to score three, closing up the gap to 5-3 Warriors. But our Warriors relied on the skills they played with all season–passing, positioning, and solid teamwork–to finish the game with a 9-5 win over the Ducks, taking home the very first tournament championship the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors have ever won.

Kneeling: Jake Stoffers, Beau Carr, Kieran Fleming, Goalie Ben Carr, Ryland Flynn. Standing: Andrew Shanahan, Coach Kerry Flynn, William Drouin, Matthew Hollis, Jamie Jasaitis, Sam Friedman, Team Manager Kevin Fleming.
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Bantams Win Division Championships

Congratulations to the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey Club Bantam teams. Both Gold and Black took home their division championship trophies over the weekend.

Bantam Black Defeats Roxbury

The Watchung Hills Jr Warriors Bantam Black team faced a tough opponent in Roxbury. The end of the second period ended in a 3-3 tie with Daniel Adams (Bedminster), Ryan Lamberson (Bridgewater), Brady Sifert (Warren) all putting one in the net. In the third, Jacob Fullman (Millington) put in the fourth and what would be the game-winning goal.

Ryan Lamberson (Bridgewater) scored the fifth goal late in the third period. Roxbury pulled the goalie in an effort to tie the game and Julian Jogelkar (Warren) put the 6th goal in for the Warriors.

Peewee Sarah Martin (Metuchen) held strong in net.

Brendan Dowd (Millington)

Bantam Gold Rolls Over Randolph

Bantam Gold faced Randolph Friday night in what was expected to be a tough game. The Warriors brought their A-game and by the end of the first period were ahead 6-0. With a final game score of 16-3, the Warriors claimed the MCYHL division championship for a second year in a row.

The Bantam Gold Warriors first won the division championship as mites in 2014. All of the team will be graduating out of the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors this year with many moving on to Watchung Hills Regional High School.

2020 MCYHL Bantam Division Champions

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Bantams Advance in MCYHL Playoffs

Both the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey Bantam Black and Bantam Gold teams celebrated Friday night in strong wins that will take them to the finals in the MCYHL playoffs.

Bantam Gold

Bantam Gold secured their spot first in a game against Hanover. The game started slow with only one unassisted goal in the first period by Warriors Daniel Gallant (Stirling). Hanover waited until the second period to answer and while it looked to be a close game, Warriors leveled-up with two of their own goals in the second period, both by Alex Rozak (Warren) to take a 3-1 lead over Hanover. That didn’t slow the Warriors down who went on in the third to score three more goals two by Pete DaSilva (Greenbrook), and another by Gallant. Warriors Gold finished 6-1. They will play Randolph for the league championship Friday night at 9pm at Mennen Arena in Morristown.

Daniel Gallant for Bantam Gold

Bantam Black

Bantam Black went 0-0 in the first period in what looked to be a tough match-up against Wayne. The Warriors however came on strong in the second period with goals by Jacob Fullman (Millington), and two by Arkin Navin (Watchung) to make it a 3-0 game, Warriors. Hanover came back in the third to score one goal, but were no match for the Warriors who scored four more in the third. Goals by Evzen Tormasi (Martinsville), Lucas Rowman (Bridgewater), another by Navin, and Julian Joglekar (Warren). The Warriors Bantam Black team will go on to play Rockaway Sunday morning at 7am.

Jacob Fullman takes a face-off.

Mites Dominate in Jamboree

The mites played in the MCYHL Mite Jamboree and dominated over teams from Beacon Hill, West Morris, Rockaway and Roxbury.

PeeWees and Squirts Fall

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey Peewee and Squirt teams both fell in the first round of playoffs. Peewees to Roxbury and Squirts to Denville. Both teams had strong developmental seasons and expect to come back strong in the 2020-2021 season.

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Watchung Hills Jr. Hockey Playoffs Scheduled

The schedule is out for first week of the MCYHL playoffs. All teams will be entering the first round starting February 21 (also Hockey Week Across America). Go Warriors!

Friday February 21

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Bantam Gold v. Hanover at 8:45pm

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Bantam Black v. Wayne at 9:00pm

Saturday February 22

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Peewees v. Roxbury Blue at 9:15am

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Mites face-off in the Jamboree on Rink 3 11am-12:30pm

Sunday February 23

Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Squirts v. Denville at 1:30pm

**All games are played out of Mennen Arena in Morristown.

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Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Go 2-2-1 on the Weekend

The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Bantam teams go 2-0 with wins against Wayne and Randolph.

Friday night, the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey Bantam Gold squeaked out their win against Randolph. In a tight back and forth game, Randolph scored the first goal against goalie Andrew Martin (Metuchen) and with only 53 seconds left in the first period Jack Ost, with an assist from Severyn Kohmak (Watchung) answered, ended the period in a 1-1 tie.

The second and third periods were an even back and forth with the Warriors putting in the final goal to finish the game 8-7 over Randolph.

Saturday started early for the Warriors Bantam Black team against Wayne. The game stayed even at 0-0 through the second period, but the Warriors came in strong in the third to score three unanswered goals by Daniel Adams (Bedminster), Brady Siefert (Warren), and the final goal again by Adams. Warriors win 3-0.

Sam Lopes (Millington) stands tough on defense.

PeeWees Outmatched

The Warriors PeeWees played Rockaway in what turned into a blowout and Warriors loss. Scoring just two goals, the Warriors were outmatched to Rockaway’s 7. Both Warriors goals were scored by Michael Kurtas (Basking Ridge) with assists from Michael Galiani (Warren).

Michael Galiani (Warren)

Squirts Fall to West Morris

The Squirts played Sunday against West Morris and while the team came in strong, they couldn’t hold on to what started as a tight game and ended up losing 8-3. Warriors’ goals were scored by Patrick Linden (Gillette), Holden Flynn (Gillette), and Sam Friedman (Warren).

Jake Campos (Gillette)

Mites Tie

Mites tie Denville.

Warriors Hockey

Warriors go 5-0 on the Weekend

Congratulations to the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors who went 5-0 on the weekend with wins for all of our teams.

The game of the week definitely goes to the Squirts who played hard against an evenly matched Denville team up until the exciting finish.

The Warriors came in strong in the first period with an unassisted goal by Peter Martin (Metuchen) which was answered exactly a full period later by Denville keeping the game tight at 1-1 until late into the third period. With 15 seconds left in the game, Martin took a last-chance shot from across the ice, to put it between the goalie’s legs and into the net, giving the Warriors a 2-1 win. Jake Campos (Gillette) did a spectacular job in his first outing as the goalie.

The Warriors Giovanni Sicignano (Warren), Owen Davine (Gillette) and Jake Campos (Gillette) in net.

PeeWees Over Wayne

Our PeeWee Warriors win another high scoring game, this time against Wayne.

The Warriors went in hard in the first period with five goals and weren’t going to be slowed down. Setting the tone for a fast and exciting game. Wayne played tough however and the final score was 11-5 Warriors.

Coach Ryan leads his team to victory.

Both Bantam Teams Bring Home Wins

Bantam Black kicked off the big Warrior weekend with a 5-3 win over rivals Rockaway. Rockaway kicked off the game with the first goal, but Warriors Daniel Adams (Bernardsville) answered four minutes later to end the first period in a 1-1 tie.

Warriors came into the 2nd strong with two goals, the first by Lucas Rohman (Bridgewater) with an assist from Ryan Lamberson (South Plainfield), the next came just seconds later, another from Adams with an assist off Jack Ost.

In the third period, Rockaway came back to make it a tight 3-3 game, but the Warriors weren’t to be denied and scored their final two goals, both by Adams. Stephen Zwolak (Greenbrook) was in net.

Bantam Gold played early Sunday morning and despite a sluggish start, held on to a 3-2 win over Hanover. Leading scorers were Alec Bergners (Warren), Severyn Khomak (Watchung), and Alekos Antippas (Summit).

Daniel Gallant (Stirling) for Bantam Gold.

Mites Take Home Another Win against Beacon Hill

The Mighty Warriors Mites showed up Sunday with a full team and very quickly over-powered Beacon Hill. Ryland Flynn (Gillette) played net.

Andrew Shanahan (Stirling) and Ben Carr (Warren)