Squirts Place Second in Twin Oaks League Finals

It was a building season for the Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Squirts, with only two returning players at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. That didn’t deter this rookie team. It was their hard work and enthusiasm that took them to Saturday’s championship game where they faced the Colts.

Although the Warriors lost with a final score of 8-2, they can hold their heads high for a great season.


Squirts Advance to Finals

The Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors Squirts Hockey headed into Monday night’s playoff game against the Swamprats determined and confident. The mood in the Twin Oaks locker room was energetic and it showed when the team got on the ice.

Tough defense led the way with Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie (Warren) playing strong in net. The Warriors scored the game’s first goal with eight minutes left in the first period. Sylie Sawale (Bridgewater) got the puck on defense and, seeing an opening, took it in to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

With just two minutes left in the first, Holden Flynn (Gillette) saw an opening and took it. With another Warriors breakaway, he scored on a tough Swamprats goalie giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead. These would be the only two goals the Warriors would see.

In the second period, the Swamprats scored one goal in to make it a 2-1 Warriors game. From then on it was all defense. With Carolyn Jasaitis (Warren), Sylie Sawale, and Jackson Fleming (Basking Ridge) on defense for the Warriors and Kayden Thursfield-Ritchie playing the game of his life the Swamprats couldn’t get through.

The Warriors finished the game with an outstanding 2-1 win and head to the Twin Oaks League championship game on Saturday, March 16 at 10:15 AM against the Colts.


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.