MVYH’s Bantam Wales Mariners traveled to Tony Kent Arena in Dennis to take on the Dolphins on Saturday. The Mariners defeated the Dolphins 6-2. On Sunday, they were up against the North Stars from Woonsocket, R.I., where they had a 5-3 win.
On Saturday, Oliver Lively’s unassisted goal early in the first period put the Mariners on the board first. The Dolphins quickly struck back and tied the game. Then Pete Gillis netted one, assisted by John Coogan and Ruby Reimann, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead. Once again, the Dolphins responded, and the game was tied. Less than 10 seconds later, Pete Gillis scored, putting the Mariners up by one, 3-2.
The Mariners’ offense dominated in the second. John Coogan scored on a pass from Jackie Pizzano. Fynn Monahan tallied one, assisted by Hunter Meader. Alexa Pil netted the game’s final goal as the clock ran down in the second period, giving the Mariners a four-goal advantage. She was assisted by Eli Gundersen and Cam Geary. Graham Stearn’s solid goalkeeping, and strong defensive play by Cam Geary, Ruby Reimann, Eli Gundersen, and Jackie Pizzano, held the Dolphins at two, leading to 6-2 victory for the Mariners.
The Mariners were back out on the ice on Sunday morning, ready to face the top-ranked North Stars from Woonsocket. The teams went goal for goal in the first. Fynn Monanhan responded to a North Star goal, tying the game. Strong defensive play by Cam Geary, Ruby Reimann, Eli Gundersen, and Jackie Pizzano, held the North Stars at one. The score remained 1-1 when the clock ran down in the first.
The play continued to be competitive in the second, with both teams applying offensive pressure. Midway through the period, Alexa Pil netted one, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead. Oliver Lively was solid in the net, stopping 10 shots in the period, allowing the Mariners to maintain their lead.
The Mariners offense came out strong in the third. Alexa Pil scored her second goal of the game on a pass from Mike Wallace. Two minutes later, Pete Gillis tallied one, assisted by Ruby Reimann and Jake Scott. With 6:14 remaining in the game, the Mariners had a 4-1 lead. The North Stars fought back, scoring twice in the final minutes of the game. The Mariners’ offense, however, did not relent. With 32 seconds on the clock, Pete Gillis netted another. The Mariners defeated the North Stars 5-3.
The Mariners are now 12-5-5, and making a run for the Southern New England Hockey Conference (SNEHC) playoffs. The team is coached by Jim Geary, Pete Gillis, and Jamie Forend.