U14 Advantage Fighting Crabs Win NGHL Granato Cup!

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!

Rifles announce Director of Girls Hockey Operations: UMass Women’s Coach Bill Wright

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.

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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.

U12 Americans Advance to Finals in Waterville

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!

U12 Fighting Crabs win NGHL Title

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.

Introducing The Boston Americans

The E9/BHL is proud to announce its newest member for the 2018-19 season, The Boston Americans, based out of the iconic Hockeytown USA on Route 1 in Saugus.  The Americans will cater to the truly “Elite” hockey player by offering just one team at each birth year from Mites to Midgets (2011-U18).

The addition of the Americans establishes an E9/BHL presence on the North Shore and finally provides players from this area with a truly Elite hockey training experience and the opportunity to compete at the highest level against other Elite organization and players from across New England.  The Americans will fill a void that has existed for over a decade for the premier hockey player on the North Shore.

The Americans will be led by a prominent hockey management team including Steve MacAdams, whom many consider to be the preeminent skills instructor in New England.  Steve has trained and developed hundreds of NHL, AHL and Division I players over the past 20 years.  In addition to Steve, the Americans will boast a renowned coaching staff for the 2018-19 season including several former Division I players and coaches.

Boston Advantage Wins U15 State Title!

Last Sunday night in Marlborough MA, the Boston Advantage U15 team won the U15 Massachusetts State Championship.

Boston Advantage has never entered the state tournament until this year, and won it in dramatic fashion with a 5-0 record. In round robin play they beat Mass Select League foes, Islander Hockey Club and Cape Cod Whalers 4-1 and 3-2 respectively.

Advantage also had to face two other E9 Prep league members on the way to the title; defeating the Warrior 2-0 in the round robin to move on the semifinal tilt where they edged out the Springfield Rifles 2-1 to advance to the final. In the Sunday final the team defeated the Cape Cod Whalers for the second time in as many days earning a trip to Michigan for the 2018 Nationals in April.