The West Haven Mite A hockey team won its third tournament of the season by winning the 2nd Annual Mite A division of the Christmas Classic held at the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, CT. The Westies posted a 5-0 record defeating the Northwestern CT Icehawks (South Kent), The Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, The Greater New Haven Warriors, and The Wallingford Hawks.
The Blue Devils were led in scoring by forwards Brody Miller, Henry Seslar, Emmett Hemming, Santino Martin, Caden Minio, Alexa Jacob, and Brayden Jacob. Solid defense by Cooper Owens and Keegan Jackson made it very difficult for any teams to score.
Alexa Jacob had one game in net with Landon Silverman manning the other four to help lead the Westies to a championship.
The Mites scored a total of 64 goals, while only allowing 12 against in the five games. The Blue Devils defeated the Hartford Jr Wolfpack, 12-4, in the final game.
The West Haven Squirt AA hockey team spent the holiday break at the Philadelphia Flyers training facility in New Jersey and walked away with the championship of the 2012 Squirt AAA division.
The Westies went 3-1 in pool play and were able to avenge their early loss in posting a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Revolution AAA in the championship game for the title. Michael Paone withstood a furious short-handed rally to seal the win in the net. Paone finished with 15 saves.
Charlie Gunning posted a hat trick and Wade Roach added two goals in the title game. Colby Cushing and Alex Jenei also scored for the Westies. AJ Farrell, Danny Moll, Dane Walsh and Nick Ciccosanti accounted for assists.
Peyton Burlepsch was the star of the semifinal against Dark Magic (NJ) AAA as he netted two goals in a 4-1 win. Cody Young and Roach accounted for the other goals. Paone finished with 22 saves on the day, while Walsh, Dylan Spreyer and Jeremiah McGrath posted assists.
In pool play, Spreyer posted a hat trick as the Westies defeated Dark Magic 7-3. Henry Strada, Moll and McGrath posted assists in the game.
Roach scored five goals as the Westies topped Play Hockey Red 9-3. Gunning posted a hat trick as the Westies upended Play Hockey Gray 6-3. Farrell had two goals and two assists in the game, and McGrath added the other goal.
In the lone loss, the Revolution downed the Westies 6-5. Walsh posted a goal and two assists in the contest. Paone finished with 23 saves on the day.
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