Martha’s Vineyard Squirts win first ever Ryan Mone tourney

The victorious Vineyard Squirts celebrated and proudly displayed their colors following a 4-1 win over Warwick, R.I. in the championship game. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The ninth time proved to be the charm for the Martha’s Vineyard Squirts, who for the first time won the Ryan Mone Memorial youth hockey tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Warwick, R.I., Wave in the championship game Sunday morning at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

The Vineyard Squirt B team won all four games over the weekend, taking the best shots that the Ocean Staters, Boston Bandits and Assabet Valley Patriots could throw at them.

Gayle and Bob Mone, parents of Ryan Mone, were on hand at the Arena to present the runners-up and champions trophies.

The Vineyard topped Warwick for the second time in 16 hours, having beaten the Wave, 5-2 on Saturday night.

In the championship game, Hunter Meader got the Islanders off to a good start with a goal at 7:03 of the first period.

Aidan Araujo made it 2-0 three minutes into the second stanza. The Wave got on the board with 75 seconds left in the period but Logan Araujo grabbed the momentum back for the Vineyard with a goal just 17 seconds later.

Logan iced the win and the championship by scoring on a lob from the right boards, proving that good things can happen when you simply put the puck on net.

The Vineyard defense limited Warwick’s chances throughout and goalie Will Bruguiere was stellar between the pipes.