The Vineyard Squirt B and C teams hit the ice at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena over the weekend in the annual Ryan Mone Memorial youth hockey tournament. The B’s won the tournament for the first time last season and hoped to duplicate that success.
In the end neither of the local teams skated away with the championshipm but the weekend featured plenty of good hockey, lots of fun, and great food from the ArtCliff Diner truck, which was parked in front of the Arena throughout the event. All proceeds from the food sales benefited Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey.
The Starhawks of Milford won the B championship with an exciting 7-6 win over Nantucket, while Tri-County of Mansfield prevented a Starhawks sweep by winning the C title.
The Vineyard Squirt Bs finished with a 2-1-1 record, narrowly missing a spot in the championship game after a 1-0 loss to Nantucket Saturday night. The Nor’easters tallied 3:48 into the first period and held off the Vineyard the rest of the way. Jacob Sylvia was stellar between the pipes for M.V.
The two wins came against the Lower Cape Coyotes. Saturday, the Vineyard Bs took a 3-0 lead and won, 6-2. Will Bruguiere and Dylan Biggs each tallied twice. Noah Smith and John Coogan also lit the lamp for the hosts. Assists went to Bruguiere, Coogan, Jack Lionnette, Eli Gundersen, Noah Smith, Nicholas Rego, and Cam Geary. Jacob Sylvia was the winning netminder.
Sunday morning, the teams met again in the consolation game. This time, the Vineyard won, 5-0, as Oliver Lively earned the shutout in goal. Will Bruguiere had two goals and added two assists. Cam Geary, Dylan Biggs, and Eli Gundersen also scored. Geary, John Coogan (2), Jack Lionnette, Matthew Pouliot, and Jacob Sylvia assisted.
The Bs opened the tourney Friday night with a 4-4 tie against the Starhawks. John Coogan set up Cam Geary for the tying goal with 1:18 left in regulation. Dylan Biggs, who also assisted in the game, scored first for the Vineyard, followed by Matthew Pouliot and Will Bruguiere. Nicholas Rego, Jacob Silvia, and Eli Gundersen each had an assist. Oliver Lively got the start in goal.
The Vineyard Cs had their best game in the opener, beating Tri-Valley of Bellingham, 3-2. The hosts roared back from a 2-0 deficit to skate away winners. Alex Walsh started the comeback, scoring with 4:42 left in the second period, assisted by Jake Cleland and Caroline Kelleher. Cleland set up Walsh for a second goal with 79 seconds left in the period. Harper Hearn scored the game winner with 1:45 left in regulation.
The Cs continued their fine play Saturday morning in a 2-1 loss to the Starhawks. Julia Murray put the biscuit in the basket for M.V. 4:18 into the first period, assisted by Charles Lakis and Mike Wallace. From there, the Cs gave it their best shot but had a tough time in losses to Tri-County and Tri-Valley.
Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey wishes to thank Island Food Products, The ArtCliff Diner, Morning Glory Farm, Reliable Market, and Chilmark Coffee for a great weekend.