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Bantam 1s get third straight win
by posted 12/10/2019

 Bantam 1s capture third straight win by soundly defeating the Brookline Warriors this past Sunday morning at the Hallenborg. The non-divisional match up saw Brookline hop out front with a quick goal in the opening minute and then another one at 4:30 to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats did not back down, they started playing harder and it paid off. With a little over a minute to go, Nick D'Amico hit Jason Sousa with a nice breakout pass. Sousa flew into the attacking zone and ripped a hard shot past the Warrior's netminder to cut their lead in half at the end of one.

The second period was action packed with scoring chances at both ends. Noah Dinan played fantastic in net for the Wildcats making some big saves thoughout the game. It seemed as though the second period would be scoreless until Mike Maselli tied the game with a good rush and a quick snap shot after recieving a sharp" tape to tape" pass from Alexander Burns to make it 2-2 at the end of two.

In the third period, the tardy, Brett Ebert stepped onto the ice for his first shift. Bobby Dodge fed a pass up to Brett Gallucci who banked a pass off the boards to B Ebert racing up the ice and in alone, finishing with a sweet shot top corner to give the Cats a 3-2 lead. Brookline pushed back with a good rush of their own . Dinan was taken out of the play and it appeared that the Warriors would score when Wildcat forward, Ashley Mercier made a huge save backing up Dinan and preventing the goal. This was a big play that changed the momentum of the game. It was all Wilmington from that point on. Bobby Cyr scored a nice goal after receiving a pass from Ryan Murphy at 6:10 making it 4-2. Then B Ebert scored his second goal of the game with assist going to Brian Banks and, brother, Adam Ebert extending the Wildcats lead to 5-2. Solid team play wore down the Warriors as Wilmington continued to apply pressure. Then with just under three minutes remaining, Burns picked up his own shot from behind the net,caught their goalie going one way then wrapped the puck around and into the net on the open side to close out the scoring for Wilmington. Another notable player for the Wildcats was Ryan Quamme who had a strong game on defense. The Wildcats came back with six unanswered goals to win 6-2.


 I'm still looking for a guest writer that would like to try one of these write ups. Please!

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Wildcats start December off right
by posted 12/03/2019

 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!

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