Southern NH Cavaliers win Mite title
The Southern NH Cavaliers Mite 1 team beat Wilmington Mite 1 to take the VHL "AAA" Mite Championship over the weekend, earning the title of back-to-back champions.
The action kicked off with a semifinal game on Saturday against Haverhill Mite 1. Hollis came out storming and took a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Brendon Doughty and Alex Gertz. Doughty added his second of the day to start the second to put the Cavs up 3-0.
Hollis wasn’t finished as Dan Byrne and Trevor Nogler each notched a goal. Haverhill responded with a goal of their own to end the period to make it a 5-1 game heading into the third.
The Cavs moved the puck well all game picking up assists from Doughty, Gertz, Andrew Byrne, Owen Murphy and Christian Nawn. Nogler added his second goal of the day to put Hollis up 6-1 just minutes into the third. Haverhill would respond with three goals of their own in the period to make it a game again. Broden Landsteiner put an end to Haverhill’s celebration as he added the final goal of the game with under a minute left to secure a 7-4 victory for the Cavs.
The championship game would have the Cavs facing their season rival, Wilmington Mite 1. Wilmington was one of just two teams to hand the Cavs a loss during the regular season. The action was fast and furious as both teams proved to the crowd that they each deserved to be in the championship game.
It was back and forth all period until Wilmington finally took off on a partial breakaway and found the back of the net with 24 seconds left in the first to take a 1-0 lead. The second period started the same way the first period ended with Wilmington scoring again just three minutes in.
Hollis would get on the board with Christian Nawn’s goal that came from a couple of great passes from Owen Murphy and Broden Landsteiner.
The second would end with Wilmington up 2-1. Landsteiner would score just two minutes into the third to tie things up at 2-2. The Hollis parents had the Haverhill Valley Forum rocking, giving a big boost to the Cavs "D" as the pairings of Saige Devins, Owen Murphy, the Byrne Brothers and netminder Noah Soule kept the Cavs net empty with less than three minutes to play.
Due to some great hustle, the Cavs were awarded a power play after a Wilmington player was red flagged for tripping. With just two minutes left in the game, Jake Morowski took the puck into the Wilmington zone and fired a wrist shot that found its way into the Wilmington net to put the Cavs up 3-2. As the last two minutes of the game ticked off the clock, the Cavs defense put on a show in front of netminder Noah Soule to seal the victory, earning the Cavs team the title of champions.