Peewee B headed north to the Green Mountain Avalanche Tournament at Jay Peak, where they battled the cold weather, lots of snow, and a tough Peewee B bracket.
First game Friday morning, the Wolves pulled off a 5-2 Victory over North Andover. Harrison Dodds putting the first goal up on the score board in the 1st period to start the tournament.
Andover tied it up in the 2nd period, which led to Thomas Leahy setting himself up in front of the net to answer back with a goal to take the lead.
The Wolves came into the 3rd period strong with Kaden Lampson and Porter Andrews each putting the puck between the pipes within minutes of each other. Up by 3, Harrison Dodds kept the energy going and put yet another biscuit in the net. Andover would answer back one more time to end the game, but the Wolves walked away with the W! Harrison Dodds received MVP.
After the victory, teammates ventured to the water park to celebrate the start of a great hockey weekend. After lounging in the lazy river, they headed back to the rink for an evening game against Newburyport Clippers.
The Clippers ended up putting the 1st goal on the board halfway into the 1st period, but it didn’t take long for Maia Morander to tie up the game with a slapshot from the faceoff point for the Wolves.
2nd Period, the Clippers would end up fighting them tooth and nail to get another goal late into the period.
The Wolves continued to battle in the 3rd period, but were unable to answer back losing the game 2-1. Kaden Lampson received MVP.
Saturday was a laid back day allowing everyone to enjoy the resort and watch it being plowed out of the 12 +” of fresh powder!
The Wolves would step into the ring later that evening with the Canadian team, Stittsville. Stittsville blew threw the tournament with an undefeated record and ran out of room on the scoresheets with goals. Wolves goalie Jacob Krause took a beating, but the Wolves would hold strong and only allow 6 goals. The team never gave up but couldn’t answer back with a goal. Jacob Krause received MVP.
Coming off the ice with the loss, the Wolves knew they had to battle the same team in Sunday’s championship game for the Tournament's 1st place Title.
The Wolves went through the barn doors Sunday morning, knowing they had a big battle ahead of them. Their focus was to put a biscuit in between the pipes so Stittsville wouldn’t walk away with a tournament shutout.
Stittsville put up 4 goals in both the 1st and 2nd periods. Down by 8 going into the 3rd period, the Wolves would dig deep and answer back! Teegan Levesque carried the puck up the ice diagonally, then carved right within feet of the net and shot the puck past the goalie and into the top right corner putting the Wolves on the scoresheet! The electricity supplied by the parents in the stands after the goal fueled the Wolves to carry on. Stittsville would put 2 more in, but that only turned up the warrior painted Maia Morander, who answered back by taking the puck around the back of the net to chip it in ending the game 10-2. Maia Morander received MVP.
The Peewee B Wolves walked away from this tournament with great team spirit, memories to last a lifetime, and 2nd place.
The West Hartford Wolves Bantam A team headed into the Tier 3 State Playoff ranked fifth out of the 12 teams involved. They managed to fight their way through the round robin round with come from behind victories over both Hamden (5-3) and South Windsor (6-5). They finished round robin play with a 3-0 record after a defeat (4-0) of West Haven. The Wolves faced off against the Stamford Sharks in the quarterfinals and, despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the teams headed into the third period tied 3-3. With 5 minutes left, Owen Miller threw a seeing eye shot on goal from the point that found the back of the net and the Wolves survived with a 4-3 victory. In the semi-finals, the Wolves squared off against a very speedy and talented Wallingford team. The tight contest was scoreless through the first period until a fortuitous bounce wound up in the Wallingford net to put the Wolves up 1-0. After successfully defending two 5 on 3 situations, the Wolves netted a second goal from a blue line slap shot from Charles Croce. Some tough action ensued including a hard hit by Jack Hodgson on a Wallingford defender. The hit jarred Jack’s helmet causing him to lose two of his front teeth! Wolves goaltender Aeden Mallett stopped a penalty shot with 10 minutes left leading the Wolves to a 2-0 victory. The gritty Wolves team headed into the State Finals against Putnam, who had beaten them earlier in the year. In the first period, Nolan Trent tipped in a pass from Emory Sirman to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. West Hartford kept their foot on the gas with goals from Teddy Braewa and Aiden Emery and skated to a 3-0 victory!
While three of their four final games were shutouts by standout goalie Aeden Mallett, the Wolves committed to stingy defensive play as a team. Their potent offense throughout the tournament was spread amongst the team with goal contributions from the majority of the team. Attention to detail and shrinking their spheres were themes throughout. The coaching staff of Russ Trent, Kathleen Wiggenhauser, Jason Emery and Kevin Miller couldn’t have been prouder of the boys for their perseverance, effort, teamwork, and high level of competitive play. To top it off, the team had a tremendous amount of fun and are headed to the Regional Tournament in MA during the weekend of 03/13.
Your Peewee A West Hartford Wolves entered the Tier 4 Patrick Division State Tournament as the number 2 seed. The Wolves would go 3 and 1 in round robin play, with the only loss at the hands of the Putnam Panthers. As luck would have it, the finals would be a rematch with the Panthers. The previous loss had stung the Wolves and they were determined to make amends.
The first period saw the Wolves dominate play, maintaining possession in the offensive zone and peppering the goalie. Unfortunately, the Wolves could not solve the Panther net minder and would end the first period down 1-0. Early in the second period, the Wolves continued to dictate the play, but a defensive turnover allowed the Panthers to take a 2-0 lead. The Panther net minder was emulating Jimmy Craig until the Wolves would break the seal and score two quick goals to tie the contest. The Panthers would take the lead with half a minute remaining in the second period requiring the Wolves to overcome a 3-2 deficit in the third. The Wolves controlled the play during the first ten minutes of the third period, but could not beat the net minder. With five minutes remaining in the game, a shot from the point would fortuitously bounce off a Panther defender into the net and the game was tied. The flood gates opened and the Wolves would score three additional goals in two minutes to seal the win, 6-3.
The Wolves earned the victory playing as a team and showing a tremendous amount of grit coming back from a third period deficit. GO WOLVES!
The West Hartford Wolves Mite House Selects traveled to Pawling, NY for a Mite Jamboree against Pawling, NY, White Plains, NY and Northwest CT. The team came away with a convincing 3-0 record - they held their opponents to just 1 goal over 3 games, while lighting the lamp with over 20 goals. The team played their best hockey of the season, highlighted by tic-tac-toe passing, crashing the net for rebounds, shut-down defense and stellar goaltending. Congratulations to all! The team is now looking ahead to hosting the West Hartford Mite Shamrock Shootout in mid-March, featuring 8 teams from across CT. Go Wolves!
Our Wolves are in action across the State today, so come out and show your support. All 3 teams advanced out of pool play into the cross over round and are vying today for state titles and regional advancement.
Pee Wee A is playing in the Tier 4 Patrick Division state title game against Putnam at 3:40 pm at Avon Old Farms.
Pee Wee B is playing in the Tier 4 Founders Division semifinal game against Avon at 9:30 am at Hamden.
Bantam A is playing in the Tier 3 semifinal game against Wallingford at 11:10 am at Northford.
Hope to see you all there. Good luck to all of our Wolves!
In just its third year of existence, the Capital Wolves U12 Red team became the organization’s first team to advance to the CHC state finals and qualify for the New England regionals in Massachusetts next month. Newington Arena will host the state championship on Sunday, March 1st at 1:10pm vs the CT Ice Cats U12A.
The Wolves took game one of the tournament, 4-3, over the Northern Lights, led by three goals from Avery Wolfe, one from Mia Carrera, and the goaltending of Lola Espirito Santo. Following a flat performance and 7-2 loss Saturday night vs. the Ice Cats, the team rebounded in the Sunday morning contest vs. Greenwich. After injuries left the team with just five forwards for more than half the game, the Capital Wolves rallied behind two goals from Mia Carrera, a goal and an assist by Alex Doering, another tally by Gianna Assunto, and relentless forechecking by Katelyn Oliver and Annabel Tracy. The defensive unit of Macey Carrera, Amy Wall, Dani Spaniotis, and Kasey Pierz contained the pressure, while Espirito Santo turned away shot after shot to secure a 4-4 tie and a spot in the championship game.
Congrats to all the girls and coaches and good luck in the State title game.
Congratulations to Wolves Pee Wee A teammates Alex Martin (‘07) and Teagan Cohane (‘08) on their invitation to the USA Hockey New England District Girls Futures Development Camp. Alex and Teagan were selected to attend the prestigious camp following a tryout of over 100 players from throughout Connecticut back on January 24. The Futures Development Camp brings the best 12 and 13 year girls from each State in the New England District for a competitive three-day development camp run by USA Hockey National Office personnel. The camp will take play from March 27-30, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont. Go Wolves!