Mites: The Gateway Mites C team tied the South Coast Panthers 9-9 in a nail biter on Saturday. The Panthers got on the board in the opening minute. Gateway then turned the jets on and began peppering their goalie with several shots and was able to take the lead by the end of the first period. The Panthers came out flying in the second period and with three minutes to go, Gateway was down by three goals. The Mites pushed hard the rest of the game and with about a minute to play were able to tie the game. However, the resilient Panthers were able to score with 36 seconds left and it seemed the game would end that way. But with 16 seconds left, Pat Tripp tied the game with a great pass by Ben Hebbel. Gateway was also able to get a good scoring attempt with six seconds left, but they were denied. Gateway proved, as always, that they never give up until the final buzzer. Tripp and Brayden Cannon each had a hat trick. Hebbel ended the night with two goals and an assist. Jarrod Frates also had a goal and Bree Killion had an assist. Charlie Carroll had another strong outing with 30 saves.
Squirts: Gateway Squirts held their undefeated status after a win 4-0 versus Franklin on Sunday. The team seemed a little sluggish in the beginning but soon found their pace. In the first period, Nathan Ribeiro put Gateway on the board assisted by Osvaldo (Juni) Suarez and Matthew Paling. In the second period, they picked up the speed and team work scoring three goals credited to Paling, Suarez assisted by Thomas Leger, and Joe Urnek with assists from Ty Ribeiro and Brady Kidney. Defense played a good game, giving forwards multiple chances to get the puck down the ice. Squirts play next Sunday.
Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 team got back on track this week against Taunton, winning 5-0. Quirino doCanto got the Jr. Vikings on the board less than one minute into the first period, assisted by Tyler Lovendale. Neither team scored after that, until the third period, when Peter Pimental put in one of his two goals. Robert Maloney quickly followed with a goal of his own. Late in the period, Pimental put home his second goal and defenseman Coleby Paling put one in the back of the net to finish the scoring. Alex DeMarco earned the shutout, making numerous saves.