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Bantams Win League Title

The 2018-2019 MCYHL Bantam Champions

Congratulations to our Bantam Warriors who defeated Rockaway to be named MCYHL league champions.

The Warriors came out scoring with a 4:17 shorthanded goal in the 1stperiod by Christian Cuccia. Rockaway quickly answered just one minute later, ending the first in a 1-1 tie with two shorthanded goals.

Severyn Khomyak took advantage of a power play in the 2ndperiod to score and take the Warriors to a 2-1 lead. This was quickly followed by another Cuccia goal ending the second period with a 3-1 Warriors lead.

Starting the third period strong, Cuccia scored the fourth Warriors goal just one minute into the period. Rockaway responded two minutes later making it a 4-2 game. 

The Warriors however were not to be deterred when Sawyer Flynn (Gillette) answered Rockaway immediately after the faceoff with a tip into the corner of the net taking the Warriors to a solid 5-2 lead.

This final Warriors goal revved things up in what had been, up to this point, a solid lead by the Warriors. Fired up, Rockaway scored three unanswered goals to tie the game at 5-5 with only 5 minutes left in the game. At 4:25, Cuccia came in strong to score the winning goal for the Warriors. With a final score of 6-5, the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Hockey Club took home another Bantam championship trophy.


Bantams Advance to Finals

Congratulations to our Bantams who have secured their spot in their MCYHL champtionship game.

After a tight 4-3 win against Beacon Hit our 13-1-4 Bantams will be moving on to play Rockaway for the Morris County Youth Hockey championship.

Up 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Warriors gave up 3 goals in the second to put them down 3-2. With only 1:47 left in the game the Warriors scored back-to-back goals to take a 4-3 lead and win the game.

Congratulations to coaches Dan Gallant and Brian Marino and of course our players who never gave up.

The final game of the season will be played February 22 at 7:30 at Mennen Arena against Rockaway.

The Warriors celebrate their win.

Mites Fall Just Short in the MCYHL Championship Game

The Watchung Hills Junior Warriors mites team season came to an end on Saturday March 8, 2014 with 5-2 loss in the MCYHL Championship final to Beacon Hill from Summit. The game was a close game until the end, with the Jr. Warriors playing a tight defensive game in front of goalie Nicky Alvin.

Warriors defensemen Mike Wilson & Jack Fidacaro played stingy defense throughout the contest to hold the Beacon Hill club to no goals and a 0-0 tie after one period. In the second period, the Warriors had several good opportunities led by Peter Dasilva and Jess Dai, only to be turned away by the Beacon Hill club. Daniel Gallant and Sawyer Flynn led several good rushes of the puck while on defense, which gave the Warriors excellent scoring chances. Beacon Hill was able to capitalize on 2 quick goals in the 2nd period, followed by a Warriors goal by Jack Fidacaro off a feed from Jess Dai and Brendan Dowd, which ended the second period with Beacon Hill leading 2-1.

The exciting third period showed the Warriors were giving their all, steady defense by Orestes Antippas and several offensive chances by Bennett Lavoie, Timmy Jelinek and Brady Sifert were turned aside by the tough Beacon Hill defense.  Beacon Hill took a 3-1 lead on an early goal in the period, but the Warriors fought right back with several chances by Julian Joglekar, Cam Jelinek and Aidan Wilson being turned away by the Beacon Hill goalie, before a goal by Jess Dai off a pass from Fidacaro and Daniel Gallant  brought the score to 3-2 with time running out. Olekos Antippas had a good chance stopped by Beacon Hill, who quickly rushed down the ice and scored after a scramble in front of goalie Nicky Alvin, which led to a 4-2 score.

The Warriors pulled Alvin for an extra skater with a minute and a half left in the game, and mounted feverish pressure on the Beacon Hill club but were unable to bang the puck home. Beacon Hill was able to score an empty net goal as time was running out, and the game ended 5-2. After two straight Playoff wins against Randolph and Morristown, the Warriors ended the successful season with an 11-5-2 record, and bringing home the team trophy for the Championship game runner up. The team will now look forward to their season ending banquet on March 21st at the Long Hill Elks, in which team signups for next season are open at 5:00 pm for any newly interested players.      


Squirts Capture Rock The House Tournament Title!

After securing the MCYHL Squirt title, the Warriors continued their winning ways by capturing the Rock The House Tournament crown this Saint Patrick’s day weekend at Floyd Hall in Montclair.

The team made up a first-year squirts and a few graduating mites, started off the tournament by defeating their hosts from Montclair, 3-2. In their second game they got the better of Ringwood, 7-2. In their next game, they prevailed over a talented Ramsey team, 5-2, and finished at the top of their group.

In the championship game the Warriors met a very big Nutley-Clifton squad that just captured the GSYHL title. Although outsized by a wide margin, the kids played hard and skated harder. In a barn-burner that was tied 1-1 late into the third period, the kids netted the game winner with a relentless attack of the Nutley goal with under three minutes left. The 2-1 final captured another title for the club. This was a very special season for a special team.