Island skaters strut their stuff

Island Youth Hockey had a busy weekend


This post was updated Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Young Island hockey players, from 8 year olds to 13, showcased their talent last weekend at the Ice Arena in Oak Bluffs.

Under-10 (Squirts), Under 12 (PeeWee) and Under-14 (Bantam) Vineyard coed teams had solid results at home this weekend.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School coaches Matt Mincone (boys) and John Fiorito (girls) may have an extra spring in their steps this week after seeing what’s down the road for their programs.

Saturday’s PeeWee contest pitting Mariners PeeWee Smythe against the visiting Burrillville Broncos was a good example.

The game ended as a 5-5 tie, but players such as Liam and Aiden Conley (a combined brother hat trick), Paige Anderson, Alana Nevin, and goalkeeper Silas Stanek-Streed (22 saves) immediately stood out as up-and-comers.

Among the Bantam Norris team, goalie Alex Walsh, Caroline Kelleher and a gutsy Luke Yuhas caught fan attention.

The Bantam Norris team beat the Lower Cape Coyotes 6-3. The other Vineyard team to win at home over the weekend was the Squirt Wales East Purple, who swept Yarmouth-Dennis Dolphins on Sunday, 6-1 and 6-0.

The Mariners Bantam Wales team suffered its first defeat of the season in the 3-0 loss to the Gateway Gladiators. They are still in first place at 18-1-3, however. The Squirt Wales East Purple team is also in first place at 20-4-1.

The folks at MVYH are a committed bunch who use the resources of a top-quality rink and their unremitting effort to coach skills and sportsmanship to good effect to develop Island hockey and citizenship.

All of the Martha’s Vineyard Mariners teams play in the Southern New England Hockey Conference (SNEHC).

Vineyard youth teams were 3-3-2 in the weekend games. Complete results follow:


Mariners PeeWee Smythe 5

Burrillville Broncos PeeWee Smythe 5


Mariners Bantam Norris 0

North Smithfield Vikings Bantam Norris 3


Mariners PeeWee Smythe 1

Burrillville Broncos PeeWee Smythe 2


Mariners Bantam Wales 0

Gateway Gladiators Wales 3


Mariners Bantam Wales 1

Nantucket Nor’ Easters 1


Mariners Squirt Wales Purple 6

Yarmouth-Dennis Dolphins 1


Mariners Bantam Norris 6

Lower Cape Cod Coyotes Bantam Norris 3


Mariners Squirt Wales Purple 6

Yarmouth-Dennis Dolphins 0