Gateway Youth Hockey’s midget team skated to a Southern New England Hockey Conference League Championship, with a 4-3 victory over the Hock Valley Panthers Sunday. The Gladiators squared off against the undefeated, first place team, trying to avenge their only loss of the season. The Gladiators never trailed in the game and scored early in the game, when Zack Lovendale found the back of the net. The Panthers then took advantage of a player coming out of the penalty box, after his penalty expired, getting a pass, that led to a breakaway goal, tying the game at one. The Gladiators scored the next two goals, both by Tyler Lovendale, assisted by Jack Byrnes on the first and Quirino doCanto on the second. The Panthers then scored, pulling back to within a goal, until late in the final period, when doCanto beat the Panthers goalie, which turned out to be the game winner. Assisting on the goal were Ty Lovendale and Tryggve Krogstad. The Panthers added another goal, with a little over a minute left in the game, but the Gladiators held off a late barrage of shots, to hang on for the championship. Both Gladiator goalies, Alex DeMarco and Steven Strachan III, played outstanding in the win. On the season, the Gladiators finished with 15 wins and one loss.
Some statistics for the season include: Quirino doCanto (20 goals, 21 assists), Tyler Lovendale (17 goals, 13 assists) Noah Reardon (13 goals, 17 assists), Tryggve Krogstad (3 goals, 12 assists), Zack Lovendale (11 goals, 3 assists), Bryan Gallagher (7 goals, 6 assists), Peter Pimental (7 goals, 6 assists), and Coleby Paling (2 goals, 9 assists). Other players contributing with goals and assists during the season were Defensemen Seth Tomasik, Matt Youlden, and Noah DeMoranville. While the forwards who contributed were Zach Barris, Jack Martins, Jackson St. Don, Jack Byrnes, and Ethan Carpentier. On the season, Alex DeMarco had 1.61 goals against average, while Steven Strachan III had a solid 2.72 goals against average.
GYH is open to all kids in the South Coast including Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and surrounding areas. The home rink is located at Tabor Academy in Marion.
The Southern New England Hockey Conference is a youth ice hockey organization, based in Rhode Island that operates throughout Southern New England. The league develops young student-athletes at the Mite-Midget levels.
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