Vineyard Squirts edge Duxbury
The Martha’s Vineyard Squirt 2 team skated to a 4-3 win over Duxbury Saturday.
Alex Walsh put the Vineyard up, 1-0, after Jake Cleland gathered the puck in the right wing corner, beat his defender, went behind the net, and connected with a perfect tape-to-tape pass.
Duxbury tied the game, but Cleland followed up with a goal of his own, assisted by Graham Stearns. Mikey Wallace made it 3-1 with a shot from the blue line. Duxbury closed to within one before the ACC line of Caroline Kelleher, Alex Walsh, and Charlie Lakis combined for the eventual game-winning goal. The trio buzzed about the Duxbury cage, piling on the pressure until Kelleher banged in a rebound for a 4-2 lead. Duxbury added the final tally, but it was too little too late.
The Vineyard Bantams of the Neponset Valley League (NVL) lost a hard-fought game to Franklin last weekend, 8-6. Willson Slayton recorded his first NVL hat trick and David Krauthamer scored a brace. The previous weekend, the Bantams doubled up the North Red Devils, 4-2.
Eric MacLean tournament this weekend
The Eric B. MacLean Memorial tournament will be held February 7-9 at the MV Arena. Six PeeWee teams will compete in the event: Martha’s Vineyard 1 and 2; North Shore; South Shore; The Coastal Stars (Cohasset and Marshfield); and Enfield, Connecticut.
The action gets underway Friday at 5 pm with M.V. 1 skating against the Coastal Stars; followed by M.V. 2 vs. South Shore at 6:10 and North Shore vs. Enfield at 7:20.
The teams play two games each on Saturday. In the morning session, South Shore and the Coastal Stars face off at 7, M.V. 1 skates against Enfield at 8:10, and M.V. 2 plays North Shore at 9:20. At night, M.V. 1 takes on South Shore at 5 pm, followed by Coastal Stars vs. North Shore at 6:10, and M.V. 2 vs. Enfield at 7:20.
The consolation games and championship will be played Sunday morning. The fifth and sixth seeds play at 7 am, the fourth and third seeds at 8:15, with the top two seeds facing off for the title at 9:30.
Eric MacLean was an MVRHS senior, who played varsity football and hockey, when he died in an automobile accident in 2001.
[a]Yes, his name really is spelled Willson