As promised, here is the write-up from Coach Cohane for his State Champ Pee Wee A squad. Congrats to all the Coaches and skaters. A very significant accomplishment and something that we are all very proud of...
The West Hartford Wolves Pee Wee A entered the State Open Tier IV Championship at the Wonder of It All – the Wonderland of Ice in scenic Bridgeport, Connecticut – as the 10-seed in a 12-team field – the fruits of an underachieving regular season. However, this squad had managed to make every championship game in the other two tournaments they played this season, and despite a tough Round-Robin draw due to the low seeding, hopes remained high for a lengthy run in the biggest tournament of the season.
Opening night brought the Stamford Sharks A team—and the start was best described as inauspicious. Stamford plugged in three first-period goals en route to a 6-0 win against the Wolves.
The Wolves came into game two needing a win on Thursday against arch-rival Central A1, who sat comfortably as the two seed. What ensued was a wire-to-wire team effort and a convincing 3-1 win for West Hartford.
The Wolves, still thinking they sat at 1-1 due to the opening night loss to Stamford and in dire need of a win to advance, met the Southeastern Seahawks in the final game of the Round Robin on Saturday morning. The Wolves put together another complete effort, rolling to a 7-0 win for their most convincing victory of the season. Following the game, news rapidly spread through the “interwebs” and “group texts” of a Stamford forfeit in Game 1. Suddenly, the Wolves were the Number 1 seed heading into the crossover, facing the Hamden Dragons on Saturday evening.
Hamden struck first, but the Wolves never panicked, stringing together four unanswered goals thanks to a relentless forecheck, and it was off to the semis against Wonderland.
The azure Sunday morning sky brought the Wolves back to the Park City to play the host team with a shot at the finals. Once again, West Hartford answered the bell. Shaking off some early cobwebs, the Wolves steadily built a 3-0 lead through two, and played smart shut-down hockey in the third to punch their ticket to the finals with a 4-0 win.
Sunday evening, after parents had put nearly 1,000 miles on their cars via multiple trips to Bridgeport, the Wolves finished with a rematch against Stamford. A lunch pail goal early in the first held up for West Hartford through two periods. The Wolves struck again 30 seconds into the third frame, and added two more to claim the Tier IV State Championship with a 4-0 win. Following the opening night loss/forfeit win, West Hartford outpaced the competition 22-2. You will note, no individuals were mentioned in the body of this recap – that’s because it was a complete team effort. We name them all together as a unit who played like a team, wire-to-wire and reaped their just rewards.
Aeden Mallett, Aiden Emery, Gavin McGowan, Tanner Cohane, Christopher Russo, Theodore Braiewa, Shane Bradley, Benjamin Gerken, Charles Griffin, Charles Croce, Owen Miller, Emory Sirman, William McCann, Griffin O’Shaughnessy and Benjamin “Nacho” Margolis.
Please see below from Jess Fehl, our Equipment Manager, regarding dates and details for uniforms.
Hello! It is hard to believe the hockey season is coming to an end and tryouts for the 2018-2019 season are beginning. I wanted to give you an update on our fitting process so that you can mark your calendars.
Since all tryouts will be completed by March 29th, we will hold our fittings on April 3rd & April 4th from 6:00-9:00PM at Vets. Hamden Sports will be at the fittings, so players can try on jerseys, track suits and get fitted for socks. Hamden will also have some samples of NEW merchandise that will be offered on our online store next season. Any player that is in need of a track suit, jerseys, garment bag, or shell must attend one of the fitting dates. If you have a conflict and cannot attend one of the dates above, please email me directly
. Since our uniforms are custom, we need to get them ordered now so that HSC can deliver them at our Annual kick off at the end of August. Also please make sure that once you have had your team meeting, you register your child on our website. This is where you choose your player's number. We need those numbers selected before we can order the uniforms.
Finally, I have listed the packages below offered by the league as well as the cost. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jess Fehl, WHYHA Equipment Manager
First time travel player package: $250
Shell with logo
Track suit with logo, name and number
A La Carte pricing
Jerseys $85 each/$170 set
Game socks $22 each/$44 set
Track suit jacket $69
Track suit pant $45
Garment bag $24
Water bottle $5
**** Any player that does not have a red helmet, but would like to purchase one for next season will be offered a 50% discount. Therefore, the cost will be $60 for the red helmet (cage not included)
My apologies for the glitchy email about Tryouts...it's Monday.
The Tryout Schedule is below...updated to include Bantam dates and times.
Also, note the attached image of our State Champion Pee Wee A team! Congrats to Coach Cohane and all the kids and Assistant Coaches. Taking down the title out of the #10 seed is quite a feat. Full write up to follow.
March 26, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity
March 29, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity
March 20, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity (Last Name A-M)
March 20, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Last Name N-Z)
March 22, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity (Group 1)
March 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Group 2)
March 26, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Group 1/2, if needed)
March 27, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity (Last Name A-M)
March 27, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Last Name N-Z)
March 28, 5:45 - 6:45 pm @ Trinity (Group 1)
March 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Group 2)
March 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm @ Trinity (Group 1/2, if needed)
The boys from the PWA1 team put on quite a show this past weekend in their state finals in Canterbury. Entering the tournament as the 6th seed and facing stiff competition, the Coaches knew it was going to be an uphill battle to make it to the cross over on Sunday. In regular pool play, we soundly beat East Haven, took a bad loss to Greater New Haven, and tied Northwestern to squeak by to Sunday play. In the Semi’s, we faced the 1 seed Simsbury, who just a couple weeks prior had punished us 8-1. With a score to settle, and a Championship on their mind, the boys got to work. Lead by an unbelievable performance by goaltender Connor Bankoff, and a goal with 56 seconds remaining in the game to take the lead, the Wolves pulled off an astonishing upset, 2-1, sending a shocked Simsbury team home early and the Wolves on to the State Championship final against Greater New Haven.
Facing another uphill battle against a team that just 2 games prior had handed us a 6-0 loss, the boys, undeterred, again went to work. Regulation play was a back and forth physical battle that ended in a 3-3 tie. In OT, the crowd was going crazy, with even the hometown NW Ice Hawks cheering on the underdog Wolves. The back and forth battle continued with great chances on both sides. Unfortunately, Greater New Haven was able to capitalize on an opportunity to end the game and our hopes of another upset.
Against the odds, these boys repeatedly found a way step up and utilize every skill and all of their hearts to play in not one, but two of the most exciting well played youth hockey games I have ever coached. I am so proud of them. It was an incredible weekend and a great way to end a wonderful season.
The WHYAH Squirt A1 Wolves headed to The Rinks at Shelton for the CHC 10U Squirt Tier 4 Founders State Tournament. Coming off the heels of an inspiring previous weekend, the Wolves were hungry and ready to go all-in during their State tourney. And hunger they had...
The Wolves came out of the gate and got the tourney started last Thursday with a 9-2 victory over the Yale A1 squad. For a Wolves team that struggled at times to put the biscuit in the basket this season, the offensive wheels were in full motion. Energy was high and team defense and goaltending were on point for the first meeting between the two clubs this season. The Wolves second contest was against another team they had not faced during the regular season, tournament hosts, CT Riverhawks B. Would the Wolves put together their second strong game in a row? Would the Saturday 4:30 am wakeup call play a large factor? The press corps were eager for the 7 am puck drop. And a spirited game it was, with the Wolves holding strong with a hard-fought 6-5 grinding victory. After some much needed food and rest, the Wolves did their best to prepare for their second game of the day versus another new foe, Mid-Fairfield Stars U10 Girls team. A tightly played game, the Wolves showed some fatigue and fell 3-1 to the eventual tournament champions from Mid-Fairfield.
While disappointed with the game’s outcome, the Wolves had their ticket punched for Sunday morning's Semi-Final game vs Western CT Minor, a team the Wolves split with during the regular season. In what the press corps were calling the Squirt battle of the decade, those in attendance were treated to a roller-coaster of an epic game. It was a back-and-forth battle, both goalies stole the show as each team threw everything they could on net. The Wolves defensive corp continued to impress and had a marvelous game, and the Wolves offensive weapons kept the Western faithful in full suspense. Down by a goal as time was winding down in the game, the Wolves refused to give up and tied the game with under two minutes to play! Riding high into the 1st OT, the Wolves were unable to end the game and needed a 2nd OT. The energy in the building was crazy, and the clock struck 0:00 with the teams still knotted 2-2. The game went to a shootout and our Wolves fell just short. Our Wolves gave everything they had for this tournament, and each player rose to the occasion. The coaching staff and parents couldn’t be more proud of how the team came together, with each player experiencing tremendous growth in their hockey game and as young people. Thanks to all for supporting our Wolves!
Capital Wolves Girls Hockey Tryouts & Clinics Scheduled
Tryouts have been scheduled for the Capital Wolves girls hockey program, and clinic dates are now available - open to all girls registered for Capital Wolves tryouts.
The Capital Wolves are a partnership between the West Hartford and Central Youth hockey organizations. For the 2018-2019 season we are offering two teams each at the U10, U12, and U14 levels, as well as a split season U16/U19 team. For more details, check out our program overview page.
Click here to register for tryouts, and here for the latest tryout schedule. Contact us at
with any questions.