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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Watchung Hills Jr. Hockey Mites braved 27-degree temperatures to play their first outside game at Beacon Hill Country Club on Saturday.
The temperature might have been low, but spirits were high for the 7 am against Beacon Hill’s mite team.
Ben Carr played goalie while scorers Andrew Shanahan (Millington) and Ryland Flynn (Gillette) put in three goals between them, but the tough playing of the Warriors wasn’t quite enough. The team lost 5-3.
Squirts Go 0-2 on the Weekend
The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Squirts had a tough weekend against West Morris White on Saturday and West Morris Blue on Sunday. The young Warriors started strong on Sunday, but couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead and eventually fell to the Wolfpack 5-3. Goals were made by Lucas Finklestein (Warren) and Jake Campos (Gillette). Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie was in net.
Saturday’s game for the squirts was tougher for the team. Missing a number of key players, the Warriors fell 6-1. The team plays again next weekend.
PeeWees Defeat Roxbury
The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors PeeWee team faced tough competition against Roxbury and came out the clear winner with a final score of 12-5.
A short bench couldn’t slow the Warriors who came in strong in the first period to answer Roxbury with two goals, scored by Michael Kurtas (Basking Ridge), who scored two in the first, and Michael Galiani (Warren). Roxbury held strong to finish the first period 4-3 Roxbury. But the Warriors came in hard in the second period to score a total of 9 goals by Galiani, Kurtas, Ben McDonald (Warren), Sean Gennero (Green Brook), and David Fruda (Green Brook).
Bantams Go 2-0 on the Weekend
Both the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Bantam Black and Gold teams won the weekend against Wayne and Roxbury respectively.
Bantam Gold continues to dominate in the Morris County Youth Hockey League with another big win Sunday night against rival Randolph. The Warriors took charge early in the first period to score five straight goals to Randolph’s one and finished with a final score of 10-5 Warriors. Scoring Warriors were Daniel Gallant (Stirling), Severyn Khomak (Watchung), Kailen Vyas (Greenbrook), Alek Bergners (Warren), Paulie Marino (Stirling), and Julian Joglekar (Warren). Andrew Martin (Metuchen) was goalie.
Tough Loss for Bantam Black
Bantam Black played Wayne Friday night at Mennen Arena and while they started off the scoring, the Warriors couldn’t hold the lead.
Early in the first period, Warriors scored a goal unassisted by Alekos Antippas (Summit) ending the first period with a 1-0 lead. Once again, in the second, Warriors kicked things off with an early period goal by Brady Siefert (Warren) off Brendan Dowd (Millington). But Warriors couldn’t hold the 2-0 lead with Wayne scoring four unanswered goals to make the final game score 4-2.
PeeWees Lose a Heartbreaker
A tough loss for the PeeWees against Wayne. While the Warriors came out strong in the first period, they couldn’t hold on to the lead and lost 9-6.
Squirts Come Back to Tie
The Squirts faced West Morris in a match-up that looked grim for the Warriors. With just 37 second left in the second period, the Warriors were down three goals, with the only Warriors goal having been scored early in the first period by Gio Sicignano (Warren).
The Warriors were not to be denied and slowly chipped away at the 4-1 deficit beginning with a second goal by Sicignano in the last seconds of the second period, followed by his hat trick goal with just four minutes left in the game. With only 1:26 left in the game, Brendan Archbold (Warren) came in for the final goal, tying the game 4-4. Holden Flynn (Gillette) was goalie.
Mites Dominate West Morris
The Mite team continues to play well and learns something new each week. In this week’s game the goal was passing and our Mites did well with their stick handling skills to win against West Morris. Ryland Flynn (Gillette) was goalie.
The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors PeeWee team pulled out their second big win of the season with a full team and some new players on Sunday night. The PeeWees played a tough Denville team with every goal answered through the second period which ended 5-4, Denville.
The Warriors never quit and managed to score 6 unanswered goals in the 3rd by scorers Chelsea Cui (Bridgewater), Michael Kurtas (Basking Ridge), Ben McDonald (Warren), John Patack (Greenbrook), and Michael Galiano (Warren) leading the scoring.
The game ended 10-5 Warriors with Jackson Fleming (Basking Ridge) holding strong in net.
Bantam Teams Split the Weekend
Bantam Gold was the other big winner of the weekend with a 5-1 win over Rockaway, who suffered from a number of tripping penalties.
Bantam Black played Hanover and suffered a tough 4-3 loss early Saturday morning.
Squirts Face NJ Devils Travel Team
The Warriors Squirts faced off against the NJ Devils travel team with a short bench. The Warriors went in hard, but couldn’t stand up against a tough team.
Squirts lost 10-1, scoring only one short-handed goal by Patrick Linden (Gillette). Kayden Thursfield-Richie was goalie.
Mites Face Tough Randolph Team
The Mites played their toughest game of the season in a close match-up to rival Randolph. Warriors won 13-12, William Drouin (Gillette) was in net.
Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie (Warren) and Holden Flynn (Gillette) were chosen by Warriors coaches to compete against 30 other NJ squirt teams in the NJ Devils Shootout Challenge.
Each team sent one goalie and one shooter in a challenging event on Prudential Center Devils game ice. In addition to meeting NJ, the NJ Devils mascot, they were joined by the NJ Warriors military team and a number of Devils alum.
Our Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors eventually fell to the Wayne Hockey Club but had a blast connecting with other squirts and skating in the Prudential Center.