The Wilmington Wildcats Bantam 1 youth hockey team collected another win over the weekend by defeating the Andover Warriors 4-1 on Sunday night at the Haverhill Forum. The Wildcats pretty much had their way with Andover right from the first drop of the puck. It was passing, skating hard, good defense, and puck possession that led Wilmington to the convincing win. Brett Ebert scored first after winning a faceoff in the attacking zone, he carried the puck to the center slot a snapped a quick wrist shot past the Warrior's goalie, stick side, to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. Wilmington's defense was massive allowing only two shots on net in the first period which goaltender, Jake McLean, easliy turned aside. Ryan Quamme, Bobby Dodge, William LaMonica, Michael Maselli, Adam Ebert, and Bobby Cyr were the "steel curtain" on defense all night. Bruce GreenAudette centered a line with Ashley Mercier and Ryan Papineau as wingmates. Hard work from that line led to another Wilmington goal. GreenAudette worked the puck in deep, Papineau passed the puck behind the net to Cyr who fed a nice pass out to Mercier covering at the blueline. She put a hard wrist shot on goal that found it's way to the back of the net to give Wilmington a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.
On the opening play of the second period Andover was able to score on a broken play to cut the Wildcat's lead in half. That was it for the Warriors as Wilmington clamped back down and got back to business. Captain Jason Sousa and wingers, Ryan Murphy and Brian Banks had several great scoring chances nearly extending the lead a couple of times. Great positional play and good puck movement kept the play in the attacking zone most of the game. The few shots that Andover did get on net were quickly turned away by McLean resulting in transition for the Wildcats. At 4:52 Alex Burns fed a short pass to Cyr in the neutral zone. Cyr raced into the offensive zone left to right and ripped a sweet shot past the Warriors goalie up high to make it 3-1 Wilmington.
In the final frame of this fast moving game it was all Wildcats. Solid team play by all kept the Andover team in their zone much of the period forcing their goalie to make some big saves. The disciplined Wildcats continued to put pressure on the Warriors and with just under two minutes to play, Brett Gallucci put a good, clean solid check on the opponent knocking him off the puck. B. Ebert picked up the loose puck and charged down the right side then sniped an incredible tough angle shot, top corner to put the Wildcats on top 4-1. Another great team effort from Wilmington! Mercier's first goal of the season proved to be the game winner!
Way to go Ashley!