Agawam Squirt AAA's win Valley League Division Championship!
AGAWAM YOUTH HOCKEY SQUIRT AAA's WIN THE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP!
(April 5, 2014) The 2013-2014 Agawam Youth Hockey Squirt AAA team finished off their season Saturday afternoon, April 5, by beating the Natick Comets, 6-2, to win the Valley League Squirt North American Division Championship. The win marked the second championship of the season (the team captured the New Hampshire Avalanche Martin Luther King Classic title in February) to go along with a runner up finish in the Larry Fournier Memorial Tournament in early March.
The Chiefs came at the Comets strong right from the opening face-off. Behind the line of Dylan Williams, Jimmy Ayers (3g, 1a) and Luc Moruzzi (1g), they built up a quick 2-0 lead. More offense from the Peter Gourdeau, Philip Parker (1g) and Drew Dolan (1a) unit had the Chiefs up by 3 at the first period break. From that point, the Chiefs relied on their steady goalkeeping of Grant Landon and the stingy defense of Chase Davis (1g, 3a), Charlie Faldi (1a), Aiden Parker and Harlan Graber. More offense in the second and third period as well as some great penalty killing and aggressive fore-checking by line mates Jack Erdmann (1a) , Emmett Harris (2a) and Leo Kagan made the march to the championship a true team effort.
The Chiefs finished the season with a 26-13-5 mark.
The team was coached by Ed Davis and Rob Erdmann of Manchester as well as Brian Graber, Joe Harris and Andy Ayers of Hamilton.
Agawam Squirt AAA's (1) Win the Martin Luther King Classic!
(Feburary 20, 2014) The Agawam Squirt AAA Youth Hockey Team spent the past holiday weekend competing in the Northern Cyclones MLK Classic Invitational tournament in Hudson, NH.
Behind a lone tally by stalwart defenseman Chase Davis and outstanding goalkeeping by Grant Landon, the Chiefs beat the North Shore Shamrocks in the championship game, 1-0 on Monday afternoon.
The Chiefs played their best hockey of the season the entire weekend finishing 3-1 with all 3 victories resulting in shutouts for Landon. The team exhibited great team play throughout. The lines of Jimmy Ayers (7 goals), Dylan Williams (I assist) and Leo Kagan (1 assist) as well as Jack Erdmann (5 goals), Emmitt Harris (3 assists) and Drew Dolan (1 goal, 1 assist) provided consistent offense. Outstanding forechecking and penalty killing by Luc Moruzzi, Harlan Graber and Peter Gourdeau also were major contributions to the Chiefs march to the championship. The foursome of defenseman led by line-mates Davis (4 goals, 1 assist) and Charlie Faldi (1 goal , 1 assist) as well as brothers Philip and Aidan Parker (2 assists each) exhibited outstanding shut down defense throughout each contest.
The Chiefs return to Valley League play next week against division leading Natick and the Worcester Jr. Sharks.
Agawam Youth Hockey is a non profit youth hockey organization serving the towns of Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex and Manchester. It is part of the Mass Hockey organization and participates in the Valley Hockey League. (www.agawamhockey.com)
Photo (L to R): 1st row: Goalie Grant Landon; 2nd row: Dylan Williams, Jimmy Ayers, Emmitt Harris, Drew Dolan, Aidan Parker, Jack Erdmann; 3rd row: Peter Gourdeau, Luc Moruzzi, Leo Kagan, Harlan Graber; Top row: Phillip Parker, Charlie Faldi, Chase Davis with Team Coaches: Rob Erdmann, Joe Harris and Ed Davis.