MVRHS hockey teams hit the ice

Vineyard frosh Kylie Hatt picks up a rolling puck at center ice and races toward the Needham goal. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys and girls hockey teams hit the ice for the first time this season in a series of challenging scrimmages last weekend.

The Vineyard girls had an exhausting weekend, playing four scrimmages in 24 hours. Saturday, the girls took part in a jamboree at the John Gallo Arena in Bourne, hosted and organized by Sandwich High coach Steve Noll. Six teams from the Cape: Sandwich, Bourne, Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Nauset, and Barnstable joined the Vineyarders in the event which benefited Children’s Cove, a facility offering support to abused children from the Cape and Islands. The Vineyard girls team donated $250 to the charity.

The girls opened the jamboree by defeating Bourne 4-2 but despite a strong effort, lost to powerful Sandwich by the same score. Aubrey Ashmun scored four goals and Callie Jackson potted a pair. The Vineyarders returned home Saturday evening to play division one Needham at the MV Arena. The hosts held the Rockets to one goal through the first of three separately scored periods, ceded two in the second and settled for a 1-1 tie in the third. Belle Dinning scored the Vineyard goal. The Vineyarders closed out the weekend with a second scrimmage against Nauset on Sunday.

The Vineyard boys faced off Saturday morning against 17-time Connecticut state champion Hamden. The Green Dragons lost in the 2012 state quarterfinals to eventual Nutmeg champs Fairfield Prep and always provide the Vineyard icemen with a formidable pre-season test.

The teams played two 25-minute periods, scored separately. Although the teams were far from regular-season sharp, the action was intense, swift and hard-hitting throughout, played with the buzz of a playoff game more than a scrimmage.

The visitors scored the first two goals before Brian Fraser drew one back for M.V. by converting on a nifty feed from behind the cage. Hamden pounced on a giveaway and slapped in a third goal to end the first session up 3-1.

The Vineyarders had the run of play in the final 25 minutes, keeping the puck in the Hamden end for long stretches, but the Green Dragons got the only goal.

The Purple ended the day with a solid afternoon effort against North Quincy. Tyson Araujo netted a Texas hat trick, scoring all four goals to down the Red Raiders, 4-1.