Young Island skaters in action at home and abroad
The Vineyard Mites were down 4-2 against Orleans with two minutes left Saturday. The Vineyard scored a quick goal, pulled the goalie and had a few attempts to tie it, but Lower Cape went up 5-3 to end it.
Dylan Biggs played a great game in goal. The last regular season game is a tournament contest this weekend in Needham against Needham, Milton, and Winchester. Then there's Nantucket in round one of the playoffs on March 10.
Saturday at the M.V. Arena the M.V. Squirt 1 team challenged the Squirt 2 team. Squirt 2 had goals by Hailey Meader and Hunter Ponte, and with a small team of eight they fought bravely. Goaltending for the purple-and-black Squirt 2 team was by Joe Kershaw. After a hard-fought second period, the Squirt 2s were overcome by a strong and dominant Squirt 1, with goals by Ian Trance (2), Aiden Araujo, Logan Araujo, Aiden Marek, and an assist by Veronica Wendt on Ian's goal. It was a 5-2 finish for Squirt 1.
Saturday off Island, the Peewees were at Nantucket for a double-header and were yet again beaten by the undefeated Nor'easters. They played a team that has only let in three goals all season, and the Vineyarders added three more to the tally. The Vineyarders finished their first game with a 6-3 loss. Goals scored by Jacob Gundersen, Colin Buckley, and Ellie Hanjian, assists by Colin Buckley, Shay Sullivan, and Jacob Gundersen. Zach Fullin tended net.
In the second game, the MV Peewees suffered a 3-0 loss. Cathal Robinson was between the pipes and had a busy and well-played game. Coach Dave Pizzano reported strong defense, stick handling, and team spirit from the M.V. Peewees.
Sunday, the Peewees played the Lower Cape 1 team. Colin Buckley had a beautiful unassisted first goal. Jacob Gundersen had a high-quality top shelf tally, with an assist from Justin Alexander. Colin came back for the third with a nice assist from Julia Levesque. Jacob Gundersen, with assist from Colin Buckley, made the fourth shot the final goal in the third. Great goaltending by Cathal Robinson and Zach Fullin, once again with a total of 44 shots on goal, they turned every one away, finishing with 4-0 win. The Peewees finished on this note and will go on to play the end of season playoffs on March 10 and 11, in the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis.
Rescheduled Squirt 1
The M.V. Squirt 1 team played a rescheduled Nantucket double-header on Monday. The results were two losses, 6-4 and 5-0.
Coach Peter Gillis reported a tremendous team effort from the M.V. Squirts. The game was tied late into the third period, when the Nor'easters scored a goal to go ahead. The Vineyarders pulled the goalie, and they scored a late goal. It was a great team effort in both games, but in particular by goalie Mike Metcalf.
Goals in the first game were by Hoffie Hearn, Aiden Marek, assists by Joe Serpa, Pete Gillis, David Krauthamer, Logan Araujo, Aiden Araujo.