Vineyard Pee Wees capture bronze in Lake Placid

Zach Vukota clears the puck out of harms way as Ian Trance and Colby Zarba work to protect the crease for Vineyard Pee Wee's goalie Michael Metcalf. — Photo by John Zarba

The Martha’s Vineyard Pee Wees traveled to Lake Placid, New York, to compete in the Can/Am hockey tournament March 13-16, coming away with the bronze medal after posting a 3-2 record.

The Vineyard opened the tournament playing the Westfield Junior Bombers at the 1980 Miracle On Ice rink. M.V. lost a close contest, 4-2, with Westfield adding an empty net goal for insurance. The Vineyard rebounded in game two by beating the Norwood Nuggets, 2-1. Next up were the Westchester, New York, Vipers, who skated away 3-1 winners.

In a game they had to win, the Vineyard evened their record at 2-2 with a 4-3 win over Freeport, New York. After losing a tie-breaker to play for the gold medal, M.V. played Freeport again for the bronze and won, 5-3.

Throughout the tournament, Hunter Meader, Joe Serpa, Aiden Marek, Pete Gillis, Will Bruguiere, Josh Dix, Patrick Dutton, Colby Zarba, Jackie Pizzano, and Hoffie Hearn spearheaded the Vineyard offense. Goalie Mike Metcalf was stellar between the pipes, while Ian Trance, Kenny Hatt, Lauren Boyd, Jackson Pachico, and Zack Vukota anchored the Island defense.

The Vineyard also were runners-up in the skating relay event in the tournament’s skills competition.