The U14 Boston Advantage Fighting Crabs traveled to St. Louis to play in the NGHL Playoffs this past weekend. The girls got off to a slow start and lost to the St. Louis Jr Blues 5-3 in their opening game. BA dug deep in game 2 against Ironbound and came back from a 3-1 deficit with 5 minutes left. After scoring 2 late goals to tie the game, they went into a shootout. Goalie Emily Lavalee shut the door on both shooters she faced, while Georgia Carragher and Wren Abboud buried their chances and helped the team capture the victory. The BA Fighting Crabs built on this momentum and won their next games over Chicago Fury (3-1) and then the KC Storm (4-1) to advance to the championship game against the same strong Tier 1 St. Louis Blues team that got the best of them in their preliminary round game.
It was a see-saw battle, started off by BA’s Ali Melvin, who opened the scoring 8 seconds into the game. After the Blues tied it, Georgia Carragher put BA up 2-1. The Blues once again tied the game up. Goals by Wren Abboud and Pippa Jiranek had BA up 4-2 before seeing the Blues scored two late goals to tie the game four aside. The game looked to be going into OT until, with 10 seconds to go in the game, Wren Abboud received a pass from Reese Pompeo for a breakaway. With the game on her stick, Wren fended off a defender and lifted a shot over the goalie’s blocker to win the game with only a few seconds left on the clock!
The Springfield Rifles are excited to announce that Bill Wright, the head coach of the UMass-Amherst Women’s Hockey team, has been named the Director of Girls Hockey Operations for the Rifles.
Wright was born and raised in North Bay Ontario, Canada, where he played AAA youth hockey. Wright then played Junior B for the Waterloo Siskins before he entered the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials.
Wright played Canadian Collegiate hockey at York University and University of New Brunswick before he began his professional career in Germany, Italy, as well as the WPHL with Waco, Shreveport and Amarillo.
Wright has coached girls U12 and U14 for the past 4 years. all while being head coach of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Women’s Hockey team for the past 8 seasons — reaching the national tournament 6 times in 7 years.
The U12 Boston Americans traveled to Waterville, NH for the Deep Freeze hockey tournament over the weekend of 1/31 – 2/2.
The Americans started the tournament by playing Winchester. BA were firing on all cylinders and took a commanding 6-0 lead after the first period. The second and third periods were tighter, but the Americans added another 3 goals to cruise to a 9-1 win.
The second game of the tournament was against the North Shore Vipers. The Americans were up 3-2 after the first period, but gave up two quick goals in the second. The Vipers added two more in the third and won by a final of 6-3.
The third game of the tournament was played against the New England Pride. After losing to the Vipers, the Americans came out fast and controlled the first period by scoring three unanswered goals. BA’s added three more in the second period, while only giving up one. The third period was played very even with the Americans adding a seventh goal and winning 7-1.
The fourth game of the tournament was against CSB Hawks out of Burlington, VT. Similar to the Pride game, the Americans got on top and never looked back. After controlling much of the game, the team went on to earn a 7-1 victory.
With a 3-1 record, the championship game was set up to be a rematch with the Vipers. The Vipers came out and scored two quick goals in the first period. The Americans fought back by scoring one goal, but ended up giving up a third later in the contest. NS Vipers won the final game by a score of 3-1.
Great effort by the Americans all weekend!
The Springfield Rifles have emerged as one of the top youth and midget hockey programs in New England over the last decade. The Rifles are a Tier I powerhouse program and perennial contenders each season at the Tier I State and National Level. Program director, Brian Foley, is proud to boast that the Rifles’ program has developed 70+ current NCAA Players including 20 NCAA D1 commits and 4 NHL Draft picks over the last 5 years. The Rifles have been a top contender in the Elite 9 and Boston Hockey League over the past 10 years and should once again contend for several league Championships during the 2019-20 season.
The 2020-21 season will mark the first year that the Rifles’ Elite teams will receive automatic bids to compete in the Elite 9 & the E9 Prep Division at all age levels Mites to Midgets, while the program’s select teams will compete in the Boston Hockey League. The Springfield Rifles are one of the fastest growing and largest youth hockey organizations in New England with their National Bound Teams (U14, U15, U16, U18) perennially ranked among the top 10 teams in the country. The Springfield Rifles program currently consists of 20 boys teams as well as recently acquired Western Mass Blizzard Girls program, which will field girls teams under the Rifles banner at the U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19 levels and compete in the Elite 9 Girls Hockey League for the 2020-21 season.
Justin Graf scored one goal and handed out two assists and Jack Taylor scored twice to lead the Patriots to a 5-1 victory over the Jr. Warriors.
The weekend of January 16th – 20th, the U12 Tier 1 Valley Jr. Warriors traveled to Tampa Bay to compete against many of the top U12 teams in the country.
The Warriors opened up the tournament against the Cleveland Lady Barons and got off to a fast start and tallying 4 goals in the first period and never looked back, posting a 4-0 win. The following morning the Jr. Warriors faced off against #7 ranked Team Illinois and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. However, Illinois responded with a strong second period to open up a 3-1 lead and added an empty netter in the final minute to post a 4-1 win.
Later that evening afternoon the Warriors faced top 15 team in the country, #12 Chicago Young Americans. Once again the Warriors jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period on goal by Lilly McInerney. Chicago answered back with goal in the second and then Cara Kuczek, shut down the Young Americans from that point on to preserve a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation play. In the shootout, Brooke Harb scored on the first shot and Cara Kuczek made 3 straight saves to give VJW a 2-1 shootout win. With a 1-1-1 record, the next game against St. Louis Lady Blues was going to be very important. The Warriors started off fast again and Mia Lava scored on the second shift of the game. The Blues were able to rally back and respond on two separate occasions for a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. The Warriors were on the other side of the shootout this time and lost by one goal to post 1-1-2 record in round robin play.
With 6 overall points after 4 games, the Warriors received the 7th seed going into the quarterfinals and were slotted for a rematch against the 2nd seed and #7 nationally, Team Illinois. The Warriors were ready for the challenge and put everything they had on the line. Lauren Roeder scored for the team in the second period to take a 1-0 lead. VJW skated fast all game and Kuczek was strong between the pipes as the Warriors held Illinois off the scoreboard to earn the 1-0 win. The win over Team Illinois put the Warriors in the semi-finals against the #3 team in the nation, MA Spitfires. This was going to be another big test for the Warriors and the Spitfires got on the board first with an early strike. In the second period, the Warriors found their game and played hard all the way to the final buzzer. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not find the back of the net and after hitting two posts in the third period, they lost by a final score of 1-0. After all the results this weekend, the Jr. Warrior U12 team has now taken over the # 11 ranking in the United States.
Great effort all weekend by the team!
The Boston Advantage U12 Fighting Crabs won the inaugural NGHL MLK Showcase held at Pilgrim Arena. The Fighting Crabs began the showcase against a strong Boston Advantage Golden Seals team. It was a back and forth one goal contest through most of the first 2 periods, with the Fighting Crabs pulling away in the 3rd period for the win. The next 2 games they faced teams from New Jersey, The Union Thunder and the New Jersey Devils. The Fighting Crabs won both contests with a combined score of 16-0. The fourth game against a very solid Boston Jr Eagles team went back and forth. Both teams scored in the final two minutes of the game to send it to a shootout, where the Jr Eagles earned the win after 4 rounds.
The Fighting Crabs then faced that same Jr Eagles team in the championship, where the Fighting Crabs controlled play throughout the game to win 3-0 and take home the trophy. The Fighting Crabs goalie, Alex Hajjar, allowed 1 goal in 5 games, and the rest of the team combined for 24 goals for and 1 against. It was an impressive first showcase for the Boston Advantage U12s.
The Boston Americans sit just one point back of first place after notching their first win this past weekend against the Seacoast Spartans in three tries.
Jameson Needham wore the hat and James Maloney scored one goal and set up another as the Americans trimmed Seacoast 9-7 – Cole Travaglini and Roan Wilson with two goals apiece in the loss.
The Warriors are looking to make it 5 straight wins on Saturday while chasing down the Patriots in the standings. Both teams are looking for their first win against the other as the first two matchups of the season have ended in ties.
Dec. 8th Game of the Week
Advantage extended their winning streak to 11 games to remain atop the 06 Elite divisions with a win over the Warriors.
Kevin Delay wore the hat and added an assist, Kolin Sisson scored two goals and handed out two assists, Kiernan Poulin dished out three assists and Lincoln Molind pitched a shutout as the Advantage skated to a big win over the ’06 Warriors.