Pee Wees: Gateway Pee Wees were fit to be tied this weekend when they faced the No. 1 Pembroke Cyclones on Saturday and the No. 2 Walpole Express on Sunday. Both games ended in 3-3 tie leaving Gateway in third place with what should be an exciting and competitive post season right around the corner. All of the players poured their hearts into the weekend games and goalies Jake Smolinsky and Ryker King both stood out with game-saving stops.
Middle School: The Middle School Jr. Vikings had a good vacation week, coming away with two victories. In their first game on Thursday, against second place Franklin, they pulled off a shocker with a 6-5 win. They were down 2-0 after the first period but managed to even the score in the second period, with Robert Maloney putting in a rebound off a Jake Smolinsky shot, and Zach Barris taking a feed from Quirino doCanto and depositing the puck in the back of the net. With the score tied at 2, going into the third period, goals came in a flurry for both teams. Franklin opened the scoring, followed by doCanto less than thirty seconds later. Franklin added two more goals and doCanto matched them, with assists coming from Seth Tomasik, Barris (2), and Tyler Lovendale. The score would remain tied until Tomasik capitalized on a Franklin turnover and beat the goalie with a hard wrist shot, just inside the circles, with 18 seconds on the clock. Alex DeMarco played great in net to earn the victory over a Franklin team that had easily beaten the Jr. Vikings two weeks earlier.
In the second game of the week, against first place Medfield, the Jr. Vikings took home a decisive 4-1 win. Tomasik started the scoring early in the first, with the assist coming from Robert Ramsay. doCanto would add a goal on an assist from Lovendale. Less than two minutes later, Ramsay would add an unassisted goal to put the Jr. Vikings up by three after the first period. The score would remain the same until the third period, until each team added a goal, with Jack Martins scoring the fourth for the Jr. Vikings, assisted by doCanto. DeMarco had a number of great saves in net to get his second win in as many days.