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.
Bantam Warriors kicked off the weekend Friday night in a head-to-head game, Gold v. Black, proving the strength of both teams.
Fans came out in our biggest showing yet for the early Friday game. Teams started out friendly, jostling each other on the ice with smiles and laughter in a very even first period. Gold scored the game’s first goal ending the first period in a 1-0 lead.
The game got faster and tougher in the second period as both teams came out hard, playing for the win, but still very evenly matched. Black came out strong with two goals ending the 2nd period with a 2-1 lead, Black. Gold wasn’t to be denied and with two goals in the 3rd, they came out victorious in a 3-2 win for two hard-playing teams.
Goalies were James Knick and Stephen Zwolak (Greenbrook).
PeeWees Play Short-Handed
Our short-handed PeeWee team faced Rockaway in touch match. Missing players, the Warriors played up some squirts and worked hard to the end.
Rockaway dominated the first period with four goals, but the Warriors weren’t going to quit, scoring two in the second period. Rockaway ended up winning 10-2.
Warriors goalie was Jackson Fleming (Basking Ridge).
Squirts Dominate Roxbury
The Warriors Squirts team has added quite a few new players in the last few weeks and proven their powerhouse potential.
It was a quick showing for the Warriors with three goals in the first period, all scored by Bryce Zalepa (Warren). Warriors continued to show their dominance the second period with another six goals made by Patrick Linden (Gillette), Giovanni Sicignano (Warren), Holden Flynn (Gillette), and Bryce Zaelpa again. Assists were made by Sawyer Landau (Warren), Ryland Flynn (Gillette) and Patrick Linden. Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie (Warren) played net.
Rockaway sneaked one in during the third period to end the game 10-1 Warriors.
Mites End in Shut-Out
Small but mighty, our mites team took another win, this time in a shut-out with Andrew Shanahan (Stirling) taking his turn in net.