The Gateway Youth Hockey season has begun! Gateway Hockey is pleased to announce that the Bantam team has been accepted into the Yankee Conference for the 2012-2013 season. Head coach Mike Houdlette and assistant coaches, Ben Hathaway and Chris Smith, are excited to be given the opportunity to play at a competitive level. With 30 games on the schedule in rinks from Randolph to Barnstable, the Bantams will have plenty of opportunity to develop into what hopes to be a major contender in the league.
The team started their season Saturday night, September 8, in Pembroke against Weymouth. The boys were off to a quick lead with Matt St. John scoring two goals and Alex Atkinson scoring two goals in the first period. Then Weymouth seemed to come alive, scoring five goals in just eight minutes. The sixth goal sent three players into the Gateway net, and goalie A.J. Bridges got banged up and had to leave the game. Final score was Weymouth 6, Gateway 4. Teaghin Andre was outstanding in the net for Gateway.
On Sunday morning, their next game was played in Raynham against Taunton. The boys came up with their first win and a big one with a score of 7-0. Matt St. John had three goals unassisted and his first “hat trick” of the year. Mike Houdlette scored the first goal of the game, unassisted. Will Paling slammed one in the net unassisted. Alex Atkinson added one assisted by Doug Breault and Alex Hathaway. Brian Holmes scored the final goal for Gateway assisted by Brady Smith.