Squirts: The Gateway Squirts opened the first game of the Yankee Conference beating the Lower Cape Coyotes 9-1 at Charlie Moore Arena in Orleans Saturday afternoon. The scoring was provided by Chris Gauvin, RJ Vickery and Matthew Quinlan who each had two goals. Austin Fleming and Luke Mello also scored, and first-year player Bailey Tieu got his first career goal. The defense had solid play from Luke Mello, Ryker King, Ben Martins and Tyler Kelly and goaltender Thomas Galavotti made some nice saves to help secure the win.
Pee Wee Warriors: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee 2 “Warriors” opened the season with a hard-fought team-victory over the Lower Cape Coyotes in Orleans on Saturday. Both teams skated to a scoreless stalemate in the first frame, as Steven Strachan was perfect between the pipes. Strachan’s flawless goaltending allowed his teammates the time they needed to regain their skating legs. Eventually, it was Dan Flynn who provided a spark in the second period, netting back-to-back goals that appeared to ignite an inferno under his teammates! Though the Coyotes were able to make things close on the scoreboard, the Warriors dominated much of the play, keeping the Coyote goalie busy defending against their offensive onslaught. The DeMoranville brothers went Ben to Jake for what would be the game winner, while Robert Ramsay added some insurance as he rang a breakaway wrist-shot off the iron and in. The defensive pairing of Noah DeMoranville and Jared Westgate finished the game as a +5, making the most of their time on the ice by contributing to their team’s three-zone dominance.
Midgets: The Gateway Youth Hockey Midget team opened their season Saturday night in Orleans with a 2-2 tie game. First period action consisted of many solid shots on the Gateway goal tender, Chase Cunningham, who denied all but one, making many superb saves for the night. Late in the first period, one goal slipped past, giving Orleans the lead in the game. Second period, Doug Breault scored on a breakaway to tie it up for Gateway, but that goal was answered by Orleans. In the third period, Ian Dumas replaced Cunningham in net, also making some key saves to keep the game within one point. After some great puck handling and drive, Josh Wood was able to skate it down and put one in for Gateway to tie it up, 2-2. Coached by Ben Hathaway, this is the first Midget team for Gateway since the league re-formed several years ago.