Squirt Ice Wolves – The Gateway Ice Wolves continued on their unbeaten streak in the Yankee Conference with their second win of the playoffs. They beat a strong GYH USA team 7-2. The game was back and forth in the first period with each team scoring two goals. From that point on, goalie Alex DeMarco turned away everything that came his way, including a save which saw him diving from side of the net to the other. The Ice Wolves were a little sluggish in the first period, but woke up in the second and turned it on. Leading the way in scoring were Quirino doCanto with three goals and three assists, Tyler Lovendale with two goals and four assists and Chris Gauvin with two goals and one assist. Also chipping in with assists were Meghan Berg and Julia Elicier, each with one. With the win, they have assured themselves a spot in the finals. The Ice Wolves will be back in action next weekend for the third round of playoffs playing the other GYH team, Ireland.
Bantams – In the second round of playoffs in the Yankee Conference, the Gateway Bantams clinched a spot in the finals by easily defeating Hanover last Saturday night by the score of 5-2. The first period ended in a scoreless tie, although Gateway pressured the Hanover goalie but could not connect to put the puck in the net.
In the second period, Gateway put on a great show of passing and finally Brian Holmes found the back of the net with a great setup from Alex Atkinson and Brady Smith. Will Paling and Mike Houdlette fought many battles in the Hanover zone, and, eventually, Sean Kelso was able to put the team up by two with a pass from Mat St. John. And again to end the second period, it was Brian Holmes scoring his second goal of the night assisted by teammates Alex Atkinson and Brady Smith. The defense consisting of Jake Tomasik, Alex Hathaway, Doug Breault and Mat St. John kept Hanover away from the Gateway zone, allowing only one goal to get past them.
In the third period, Hanover finally managed to get off some shots on net and all but one was denied by goalie Chase Cunningham, who played an outstanding game in net.
Scoring for Gateway in the third period were Sean Kelso and Mat. St. John, both unassisted. Also playing great in the team effort was Chad Lavoie and Jake Spevack.
On March 30, Gateway will play the last game on the road to the finals, taking on Weymouth, whom they will be playing again in April for the Championship. Game time is at 7:40 pm in Pembroke.