An exciting time to be a West Hartford hockey player or family...
A ton of action this weekend across the State, both CHC tournament play and tournament prep, as well as the season finale for our Mite House skaters. Similar to last weekend, the blue and white sweaters of your hometown Wolves made quite an impression on several programs, several who may not be used to walking away with a defeat.
Here are some of the results, provided by the Head Coaches:
Squirt B1 - The Squirt B1s, coached by Mark Levesque, took home the Tier 4 Patrick Division crown in a thrilling game with the game winner scored with only 24 seconds to go! The Wolves were undefeated in the tournament taking down Southeastern 3-1 in the opener, and beat both ECHO and the Northern Lights 5-1 to round out first round play. In the crossover game, the Wolves took down the host Whalers 6-1. The Wolves faced a resurgent ECHO team in the final. After trailing 1-0 early, Porter Andrews tied the game with a sweet five hole goal. Teegan Levesque put a Liam Joyce pass in the back of the net to take the 2-1 lead. ECHO was relentless and responded soon thereafter. The 2-2 stalemate remained through most of the third period until Andrews set up Harrison Dodds with the game winner with only 24 seconds to go to give the Wolves the title! Maia Morander was outstanding in goal stopping 13 shots, a few of which were breakaways. The defensive front of Audrey Hall, Alex Nollman, Charlie Campbell and Oliver Levesque kept ECHO's offense at bay most of the game. The forechecking of Eshwar Chavali and Seth Cosin caused fits for the opponent and Nick DeLeo and Jack Eisenberg had several scoring chances that almost resulted in goals. Congrats to the Squirt B1 Wolves!
Squirt A1 - Squirt A1, coached by Terrence McCrensky, advanced to the Sunday cross-over semifinal in their Tier 4 bracket, losing a heartbreaker this morning against Echo in the semifinals. The final score was 2-0. They scored the final goal with 3 seconds left with the goalie pulled. The kids played hard all the way until the final buzzer! I was very proud how they stepped up this weekend. We beat Central 2-1 on Thursday, then Yale 1-0 and Greenwich 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals. Every game was a nail biter. It was a great way to end the season.
Mite B - the tenacious squad of Mite B's, coached by Carl Moeller, dominated their Mite Cross-Ice Jamboree, going 6-0-1 in their bracket, to walk away undefeated and with the championship hardware.
Squirt B - Squirt B, coached by Mike Gerken, played strong in their Tier 4 Campbell Division bracket, losing to the eventual champion, an A team from Greenwich, but also compiling a solid win against South Windsor, before bowing out on Saturday afternoon with a loss to Darien. A gritty team who skated the entire season with a short bench and got the most out of every single skater on their team. Congrats to the Squirt B's!
Squirt A - Squirt A beat Central A. Nothing more to say. They enter Tier 2 tournament play on Wednesday in Danbury.
U12 Girls - In preparation for their CGHL tournament this coming weekend and their Tier 2 Regional Finals in Maine in 3 weeks, the U12 Girls traveled to Brewster on Saturday and hosted the Sharks from Shoreline this morning, both ending in impressive Wolves' wins.
A team of girls from West Hartford, Central, and the Whalers participated in the 12th Annual CGHL U10 Jamboree. Coached by Jared Cohane and Amy Pierz, the girls had a great time, both on and off the ice! Although the team was pulled together just before the tourney, the girls came away 3-0 on the day with a strong showing against all opponents. The Squirt A1 girls (Maggie, Mallory, & Varya) got to play on an offensive line together. Once they started scoring goals, they were hard to stop. The Squirt House girls (Shannon & Lucia) added to the experience on the team as veterans of the full ice game, helping up front and on D. The Mite A girls (Teagan & Kasey) added offensive and defensive punch with some nice goals and defensive stops. Also from Mite A, but injured, Maeve used her coaching skills to keep the team playing strong. Maeve was 4-0 on the day behind the bench! Our Mite House representative (Paige) got to show her offensive and defensive skills, playing both up and back. Our friends from Central House (Mia & Macey) played strong defense, keeping the puck in the offensive zone many times. Our friend from the Whalers (Genevieve) played two strong games in goal, then joined the offensive crew in the third. Our late addition from the U12s (Emily) reaped the benefits of the tourney running behind schedule and helped the team get their third win of the day. This event is a great celebration of girls hockey and the Wolves & Friends team represented well! Thanks to all who made this event happen and thanks to the families for spending their Saturday evening in a rink. Good luck to all the players as they finish up their hockey seasons!
Mite House - the Mite House season came to an end this weekend with all 4 teams participating in the Playoffs. The Trent Landscaping Bruins, coached by Shawn Putnam, claimed the title with a hard fought win this morning over the Riscassi Davis Whalers. All of the kids had a blast this season and improved so much over the year. We are looking forward to watching them as many of them enter the Travel Hockey world next season. Thank you to all the Coaches for the weekend 7:00 am starts, taking the boards on and off the ice, and keeping 36 six-eight year olds all skating in the same direction.
Lastly, but perhaps most impressive of all, the newly formed Capital Wolves Girls Program had their 1st free skate clinic this afternoon at Trinity. Despite late notice, a busy weekend, and a lot of people still not sure what to make of this new opportunity, there were 52 girls on the ice from all over North Central CT. Professional Skating Coach Sasha led the girls in a 75 minute session and everyone walked away with a sense that this program may quickly become the crown jewel in the region for Girls Hockey.
Congrats to the kids and all the Coaches. A truly fantastic weekend of youth hockey and much to be proud of here in West Hartford, as we enter the final stretch of our long season.
A team of U10 Girls from West Hartford took the ice this evening in the Annual CGHL Jamboree.
With teams participating from across the region, the West Hartford based squad squared off against teams from Ridgefield, Darien, and Stamford.
The Wolves dominated play throughout the event, winning all 3 games and allowing only 1 goal in the process.
Thanks to all those who joined in, including a few skaters from Central and the Whalers, as well as a late arriving Emily O'Keefe, fresh off a game in Brewster, who came in to help close out the deal.
Great time and fantastic representation of the Wolves!
Hope to see everyone tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm for the 1st ever Capital Wolves Girls Program free skate clinic at Trinity. Sasha will be running the ice and Coaches and Board members will be there to help answer questions about the program and upcoming tryouts.
We had a busy and very exciting and successful weekend on the ice. We had teams playing regular season CHC games, as well as several teams competing in their end of season tournaments. Here's a brief recap of a few of the outcomes...
Our Mite A team traveled to Northford to take on 3 teams from around the region in the Tier 4 Olympic Division. They ended up finishing their tourney play with an 0-2-1 record, logging a strong tie with Simsbury and almost completing an epic comeback from 4 goals down against Greater New Haven.
Our Bantam team spent their weekend in Norwalk, competing in the Tier 4 Adams Division bracket. Facing considerable odds with a questionable home draw for the eventual champion CT Barons, the Wolves represented West Hartford with pride, handily beating Avon and New Canaan in round robin play, before ultimately succumbing to a strong Watertown team in the Sunday cross-over semifinal.
Our U12 team took a strong record and the #1 seed into their Tier 2 tourney at Cromwell. They completed the initial round robin play with a 2-0-1 record, qualifying for the State Finals against the CT Ice Cats, a long-standing rival from Darien. After 3 periods of hockey, the score was still knotted and OT ensued. The girls fought through 10 minutes of thrilling OT before ultimately falling 4-3. They proudly finished 2nd in CT in Tier 2 and qualified for the New England Regional to be held in Orono, Maine in mid-March.
Congrats to all 3 teams. Great accomplishments and fantastic finishes to the season. Best of luck to the U12 Girls as they continue on to Regionals!
We have several other teams entering tourney play this coming weekend and later in March. A few points of interest:
Our Pee Wee A team qualified for Tier 3, which places them in the Top 20 out of more than 90 Pee Wee teams throughout the State. Tourney play for them will be held in Bridgeport over St. Patrick's Day.
Our Squirt A team qualified for Tier 2, as the #5 Squirt team in the State. Their tourney will be held in Danbury, March 1-5.
The strength of West Hartford hockey is clearly evident, as we are competing and winning at every level. Our kids are having fun and the West Hartford name is getting lots of attention in conversations at rinks across CT. We will continue to devote energy and resources to skating development and consistent Coaching, as these areas have been identified as improvement opportunities by our Board and our Parent surveys.
We are eagerly awaiting the 2017-18 season, as we look to further expand our program depth. The creation of our new Girls' program affiliation will hopefully draw regional talent, while our numbers at the Pee Wee and Bantam level could be our highest in years. We are reaching out to players and families throughout the region, excited to share our success and welcoming any and all to come to West Hartford.
Tryout time is almost upon us, so get those Registrations completed and stay tuned to the website for updated tryout and pre-tryout ice schedules.
It is with great excitement that we announce our plan for a partnership between the West Hartford Wolves and Central CT Capitals to create a combined Girls Youth Hockey program, beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Developed in large part thanks to rising numbers and tremendous interest across the Greater Hartford region, this collaborative effort will provide an opportunity for girls of various ages and skill levels to have a local place to play hockey, while simultaneously helping to build and grow a unique program to compete at the highest level against other Girls’ programs throughout CT and New England.
The teams will skate out of Veterans Rink in West Hartford, Newington Arena, and Trinity College. Program leadership will be comprised of representatives from both parent organizations and will work together to finalize specific program details, including team name, uniforms, tuition, tryouts, and Head Coaches.
We anticipate fielding multiple teams at the U10, U12, and U14 level for this coming season, including both CHC and CGHL representation. The expectation is to offer competitive teams at the highest skill levels, while also affording every girl with interest a place to play hockey without having to leave the area.
Please help us spread the word about the Capital Region’s new Girls Hockey program. Stay tuned for further details over the next week, including tryout dates and registration, which will be posted and available shortly on both the WHYHA and CCYHA websites.
For those interested in more information, please contact or
West Hartford Youth Hockey Association 2017-18 Travel Team Tryouts:
Registration will open next week for travel team tryouts for 2017-18. Any player who is trying out for travel hockey is required to register for tryouts. The tryout fee is $100.00. Tryouts will begin for most teams the week of March 20th. A full schedule will be posted within the next two weeks.