Mite Bobcats: The Bobcats suffered their first defeat on Saturday versus Martha’s Vineyard by a score of 18 to 14. The Bobcats came out flying in the first period with goals from Juni Suarez, Derek Gauvin, Thomas Ledger and Trendyn Medeiros. The Bobcats did not let up even for a minute as they continued to score. With one minute remaining in the first period, goaltender Charlie Carroll had to leave due to an injury leaving the net open for the last minute of the period, replaced by Thomas Ledger, leaving the bench thin. Despite the loss of their goalie and being short players, the Bobcats gave the Vineyard a scare all the way to the final buzzer.
Squirt Grizzlies: On Saturday, the Gateway Grizzlies skated to a 3-2 win over Braintree 1 in a Yankee conference game in Pembroke. Luke Mello scored his second goal of the game to tie the score late in the third period and Chris Gauvin got the winner with one minute left in the game. On Sunday, the Grizzlies had a double header with Martha’s Vineyard. In the first game the Grizzlies were down 3 to 0 but battled back to tie the game with Gauvin netting a hat trick. Martha’s Vineyard continued to win the battle for the puck and proceeded to win 6-3. The second game saw the Grizzlies start out with a 3-1 lead after the first period. MV battled back to tie and eventually take the lead for good as the Grizzlies fell 8-4. The offense was lead by Gauvin who recorded his second hat trick on the day, and Tyler Lovendale got the other for the Grizzlies. Thomas Galavotti made some nice saves early but the MV pressure was too much for the Grizzlies.
Pee Wee Warriors: Gallo Arena played host to a battle of the unbeaten on Saturday morning, as the Gateway Warriors faced off against the Southeast Cyclones. Goalie Zachary Pateakos played a career game in net for the Warriors as he limited Cyclone scorers, who were averaging nearly five goals per game, to only two tallies during his 50-minute tenure. Pateakos earned his fourth win, allowing his Warriors to move to a record of 9-0 after the 5-2 victory. The forward skating line of Ben Demoranville, Noah Demoranville, and Jackson St. Don demonstrated their offensive cohesion by registering four of the five Warrior goals and eight points in all. Always hard working, Robert Ramsay netted a pretty backhand goal after line mate Danny Flynn sprung him on a breakaway, effectively sealing the Warrior victory in the third.
Girls: The Girls Open team played a double header this past Saturday versus Gateway’s long-standing nemesis, the Nantucket boys. The boat ride was fun as the girls’ team donned camo paint on their faces anticipating the battle to come. In game one, Nantucket came out gunning hard, ringing the posts and ruffling the net. As usual, the girls brushed it off and persevered, continuing to adjust their game with the help of coaches Ben Hathaway, Sean Sweeney and Doug Breault Sr. In game 2, the girls came alive on defense and offense. Defensewomen Mackenzie Hennessey and Rachel and Shannon Breault, along with centers Makayla Lorance and Caitlin Sweeney shut down the middle of the ice in front of the goal, disabling a key component of Nantucket’s net-swarming strategy seen in game one. The girls began pushing the puck through the neutral zone and bombarding the Nantucket goal. Persistence paid off, with Lorance scoring the first Gateway goal. After recovering from the 3 goal Nantucket blitz, Sweeney came through with a fantastic goal, bringing the score to 6-2.
Three Gateway Teams have made it the state tournament, known as a “Playdown Game.” The Squirt Grizzlies take on North Attleboro November 1 at 6:30 pm; Pee Wee Predators take on Y-D on November 4 at 6:30 p.m.; and Pee Wee Warriors take on the Southcoast Panthers on November 6 at 7:00 pm. All three games take place at the Hetland Rink in New Bedford. Please come and cheer on the teams.