The 2017 VHL Championships are in the books! Leading the overall medal count was Waltham with seven medals (three golds and four silvers). Lexington/Bedford and Dorchester finished their playoff campaign just one medal behind, while seven others finished tied with 5 medals.
The Mite Champions have been decided but there are 71 Squirt, Peewee, Bantam & Midget divisions up for grabs. Championship hats have arrived and 15 winners will be crowned today. Heading into this week the Wizards led the medal count after winning 2 Golds in the Mite divisions, but Chelmsford and Belmont matched that count with 2 teams advancing to today's finals. We will continue to track the medal count throughout the week.
While most teams have one final weekend to improve their playoff seed, the Bantam East American "A" division will get the 2017 playoffs underway with Dedham vs. Framingham and Outlaws vs. Waltham facing off in the Quarterfinals on Saturday 3/25.
The North will face-off against the East in the title game! The North edged holds a slight edge over the East during the regular season with a 1-0-1 record, but tonight is what counts! The South takes on the West in the consolation game.
The North will face-off against the West in the title game! The North edged the East in the regular season with a 3-0-1 record, but tonight is what counts! The South takes on the East in the consolation game.
Medfield Bantam “A” still sits atop the West American division and is on an 8 game unbeaten streak despite a scare from #2 ranked Triboro a couple of weeks ago. Murphy led the Warriors to 4-2 lead late in the 3rd with a goal and assist on the day, but Trinque & Campbell answered the call for the Titans with goals at the 5:21 & 3:38 mark to pull off a 4-4 tie.
The Waltham Squirt A2 team has been on quit a run and just last week increased their unbeaten streak to 18 with a decisive 7-1 win over the Cyclones. That streak was in jeopardy a week ago when they faced the Andover Squirt A2’s and Acton Boxboro A2.
Vanaria & Lesser gave the Hawks an early 2-0 lead over Acton but goals from Falcone and Brown tied the game at 2 late in the 3rd. But another Vanaria goal at the 5:31 mark gave the Hawks a 3-2 win improving the unbeaten streak to 15. The Hawks streak was threatened again the next day, but were able to pull out a 2-2 tie with Andover.
Shrewsbury was at the bottom of the West American "A" division just before the new year, but now find themselves within striking distance of #1 Medfield heading into the last 2 months of the season. Storey and Pickering helped continue the run as they both tallied two goals and an assist each in the Colonials recent 7-1 win over Arlington.
The Jr. Crusaders had been unbeaten since the first week in November. The streak was extend to 9 over the school break with wins over Tewksbury and Dorchester. Terry scored a hat trick while Walsh pitched a shutout in the an 8-0 victory over Tewksbury. Welliver had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 decision over Dorchester. The streak was extended to 10 after a 6-0 win over Chelmsford before finally falling to Concord/Carlisle this past holiday weekend!
MIKE LYNCH COLUMN
Indeed, One of a Kind
On July 4t’h folks all across this great land celebrated our independence and all the freedom it provides. While cities and towns held races, picnics and fireworks one of this region's little known great athletes quietly passed away at his home in Foxboro at the age of 86. Gene Conley was, indeed, "One Of a Kind" - and that just happened to be the title of a book about his life, written by his wife, Kathryn.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Beddia - Shamrocks
Vitarisi - Rangers
Tong - Eddies
Max Brown - Twice as Strong
Nate DiMeco - Bears