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.
From the looks of the benches, the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors PeeWees faced a tough match-up against Wayne. The Warriors had just eight players, to Wayne’s 15.
Wayne started off strong in the first period with the game’s first goal, which went unanswered by Watchung Hills, ending the first period 1-0 Wayne. But our PeeWees fired it up in the second period with a goal by Benjamin McDonald (Warren) off Sylie Sawale (Bridgewater) that was quickly followed by an unassisted goal for Michael Kurtas (Basking Ridge). Wayne answered to tie the game and then, late in the second, David Fruda (Greenbrook) scored unassisted to end the second period 3-2 Warriors.
Warriors answered early in the third period with another goal by Fruda, assisted by Sean Gennaro (Greenbrook), followed by an unassisted goal by Kurtas. Wayne answered to make it a still tight 5-3 game, Warriors. With less than three minutes left in the period, Warriors Kurtas scored another with an assist from McDonald and McDonald finished with an unassisted goal. Warriors won 5-3. Goalie was Jackson Fleming (Basking Ridge).
Squirts Go 1-1 on the Weekend
The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Squirt hockey team played two games for the weekend. Saturday the team went up against Hanover with a short bench and a disappointing 4-0 loss, but Sunday’s game proved a stronger showing for the team.
Sunday, the team came up against Denville eleven players strong and even teams made all the difference. Denville came in hard in the first period with two unanswered goals, but soon after the Warriors settled in with an unassisted powerplay goal by Peter Martin (Metuchen), followed by another Denville goal. Warriors were ready to answer however, with another unassisted goal by Patrick Linden (Gillette), ending the period 3-2 Denville.
The second period started strong for the Warriors with a short-handed goal by Francisco D’Amico (Gillette) off Giovanni Sicignano (Warren), but they couldn’t hold the lead when Denvile came back for two, ending the period 5-3 Denville.
Denville came in first in the third period with an early goal that was quickly answered by the Warriors Holden Flynn (Gillette) and that was the end for Denville. The Warriors scored three more goals in the third, two unassisted by Samuel Friedman (Warren). With less than three minutes left in the period, Francisco D’Amico put in the winning goal off Bryce Zalepa (Warren) to end with a Warriors 7-6 win.
Goalie for both games was Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie (Warren).
Bantam Teams Split the Weekend
Bantam Gold continued their winning streak Sunday night against a tough West Morris team. The teams were evenly matched in the first period when an early goal for the Warriors by Jack Ost, off Kailen Vyas (Greenbrook) was quickly answered with two goals by West Morris, ending the period 2-1 West Morris.
The game got faster in the second period when the Warriors went unanswered for six goals. Playmakers were Blaze Perez (Stirling) off Paulie Marino (Stirling), Marino off Vyas, Sawyer Flynn (Gillette) and Daniel Gallant (Stirling) unanswered.
West Morris came back in the third with an early goal that was quickly answered by the Warriors Ost off Perez and followed by Flynn off Alek Bergners (Warren). West Morris managed to put another, but couldn’t beat the Warriors who finished the game with a 10- 4 win.
Andrew Martin (Metuchen) was goalie.
Bantam Black started our weekend of Warriors hockey with a tough loss against rival Randolph. The teams appeared evenly matched from the bench, but Randolph came out with a 7-3 win.
Mites Defeat Hanover
The Mites Warriors continue to play strong, despite small numbers. Defeating Hanover in a shut-out, Ben Carr (Warren) took his turn in net.