MV Pee Wees win silver in Can/Am Challenge Cup

The Vineyard hockey team squared off against eight other teams in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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The silver medalists: From left, back row: Coach Erick Brugueire, Will Brugueire, Pete Gillis, Lauren Boyd, Hoffie Hearn, Kenny Hatt, and Coach Peter Gillis. Front row: Hunter Meader, Cam Geary, Oliver Lively, Felix Colon, Eli Gundersen, and Jackie Pizzano. — Photo courtesy of Heather Quinn

The Martha’s Vineyard Pee Wee hockey team came away with a silver medal from the Can/Am Challenge Cup competition in Lake Placid, N.Y., between March 26 and 29. They were one of nine teams from the United States and Canada that participated in the Pee Wee B Lillehammer division.

The Vineyard started the tournament off with a 5-1 win over the NHG Pride from Blaine, Minn.  Hunter Meader scored twice, while Pete Gillis, Cam Geary, and Felix Colon each scored once.

MV lost its second game to the Char-Lan Rebels from Williamstown, Ontario, 5-2. Kenny Hatt and Will Brugueire scored for the Vineyarders. The team bounced back with a 6-2 win over the Palmyra Black Knights from Palmyra, Pa.  Hunter Meader and Will Brugueire each scored twice; Pete Gillis and Cam Geary scored the others.

The Vineyarders clinched their trip to the championship game with a 5-2 win over the Grundy Senators from Bristol, Pa.  Hunter Meader, Pete Gillis, Will Brugueire, Eli Gundersen, and Hoffie Hearn scored the MV goals.

MV finished the preliminary rounds with the second-best record in the tournament and advanced to the gold-medal game at the scene of the famous Miracle on Ice, Herb Brooks Arena. They played the MinWis Elites, a select team from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the gold-medal round, losing 7-1. Hunter Meader scored the lone goal.

Oliver Lively was stellar in net for the Vineyard throughout the tournament, while Kenny Hatt, Lauren Boyd, Jackie Pizzano, and Eli Gundersen backboned the Vineyard defense. The Vineyard offense was led by Hunter Meader, Will Brugueire, Pete Gillis, Cam Geary, Hoffie Hearn, and Felix Colon.