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Peewee A's are going to the States!
by guest writer Dickie Dunn In the 2nd game of the doublehitter...
Squirt A's magical season continues!
On Tuesday the scrappy Squirt A squad picked up their 20th win...
Girls U10 playdown recap
The U10 girls team continued their run in the State Playdowns with...
Montreal Recap
WYH ventured north of the border in an absolutely treacherous snowstorm...
Midget Zach Conway is the Valley League player of the week!
Congratulations to our own Zach Conway for being named Valley League...
Girls U12 squad continues inexorable march to glory
This reporter knows a great story when he sees one.  This...
Girls U12 team tastes sweet victory in 1st round of MA tourney
I caught up with Westwood U12 girls’ coach Jeff Campbell after...

Peewee A's are going to the States!

by guest writer Dickie Dunn

In the 2nd game of the doublehitter with rival Medfield the Peewee A's prevailed in an exciting 4-1 win. Many of the kids on the team have played Medfield in both Valley League and Middle School games with several close games. This was also a rematch of last years playdown game where Medfield won in a blowout on their home ice....a freezing cold Norfolk Arena.

The home crowd at Babson was a factor in this game as Westwood came out firing on all cylinders putting heavy pressure on the Medfield defense. Nolan Lewis put Westwood on the board with the first 2 goals. The first with assists from Luke Martin and Justine Connolly and the second with assists from Seamus Rolfe and Jaden Pollack.

Medfield wasn't done as they closed the gap to 2-1 last in the 2nd period.  They continued the pressure following but Sean Joyce in net was up for the challenge as he stopped multiple shots including a clean breakaway with a great glove save.

Connor Ryan put Westwood up 3-1 with a top corner shot and Luke Chandler put it away late in the 3rd with a nice end to end rush.  Seamus got assists on both goals and Jaden got another assist on the 4th goal.

All in all a great team effort as the team worked the puck throughout and won a majority of the puck battles. Team and coaches are looking forward to going to States!

by posted 02/06/2020
Squirt A's magical season continues!

On Tuesday the scrappy Squirt A squad picked up their 20th win of the season and the District 3 Championship!  A 4-3 victory over a resilient Medfield team propels the team into the State Championship Tournament in March.

The team came out buzzing in the first period and Morghan Cox struck for his first goal of the game 1:30 into the first period. His linemate, Liam Guadagno lit the lamp a mere 40 seconds later on a nifty backhand/forehand move in traffic. Hunter Rolfe won a puck battle in the corner to gain possession to set up the goal. The line of Seb O'Brien, Ben Sicular and Lucas Willette applied tons of pressure on Medfield and had many great scoring chances. CJ Hancock was again solid in between the pipes making 21 saves including several down the stretch to ensure the win. James Galvin picked a great game to play his best game of the year, shutting down the explosive Medfield top line. The defensive corps of Colin Johnson, Rocco Themistocles, Will Dempsey and Caleb Fengler were their usual solid selves, denying Medfield multiple scoring chances. Their team defense has been one of this teams greatest weapons all year. The line of John Hess, Jake Abdou and Maggie Ash were terrific all night. The hard work of John and Jake at the blue line were able to spring Maggie and she did not miss, beating the goalie by picking the lower left corner.

Medfield would not go away quietly and this promises to be a great rivalry for years to come. Medfield tied the game at 3-3 with a minute left in the game. But give this Westwood team all the credit, they were determined to not go to overtime. They continued to win the battles, were relentless in their pursuit of the puck and they were able to spring Morghan Cox with 30 seconds left in the game and there was never a doubt where the puck was going to end up. It was a total team effort, this is a real tight group, they are incredibly unselfish and they are starting to peak at the right time. This is going to be a fun stretch run! 

by posted 02/05/2020
Girls U10 playdown recap

The U10 girls team continued their run in the State Playdowns with a 4-0 victory over Walpole/KP last Tuesday night in the unfriendly confines of Norfolk arena.  The girls arrived at the rink and pushed their way through the hostile crowd with the look of true warriors (albeit some warriors on skate-guard roller blades and other warriors carrying cookies).

The game began at a furious pace with Ciera Shevory being plastered into the boards on the first shift. This type of devastating crash could have ended a career for lesser girls but Ciera popped up after 20 seconds to make her way to the bench. In hindsight this set the tone for the gritty Westwood team.

Jennifer Lin faced immense pressure throughout the first period with slapshots and one-timers coming from all directions. The defense began clamping down late in the first period with Erin Carolan displaying some nifty moves around her own net to leave forecheckers baffled and running into each other. Bridget Lewis made some key passes to spring Maggie Ash as the hours and hours of breakout drills began to finally payoff for Westwood.

In the second period the offense finally broke through with an end to end rush and hard wrist shot from Reese Engle. A few minutes later Reese lit the lamp again on the power play with a hard snap shot that found five-hole after a flurry in front of the net.  Walpole played back on their heels for the remainder of the period as Liz Levering and Abby Pressley rushed the puck from their defensive positions to get some quality shots on net. Westwood’s Natalie Redmond and Carolyn Shultz won battles all night to keep the puck in the Walpole zone.  Whenever Walpole did break out of their zone they were relentlessly pursued by the backchecking of Meredith, Ciera, Maggie and Bridget.

Walpole was desperate in the third period but were snuffed out time and time again by Westwood’s stay at home defenseman Olivia Alex. Olivia broke up a number of odd man rushes during the third period. Reese completed her hat trick midway through the third after a cross ice saucer pass from Erin Gannon. Elizabeth kept the play alive by pinching down and keeping the puck in the zone. Shortly after it was 3-0, a frustrated Walpole team decided to go on the attack… against Meredith Hobson. As Meredith was digging in the corner a player came in to take the legs out and with a sickening thud Meredith hit the ice. Westwood sprang to the defense of their winger and Delia Joyce, who was already serving a suspension (for back to back fighting majors) had to be held back from rushing onto the ice. Somehow peace was restored. Erin Gannon closed out the scoring with an empty netter set up with a nice breakout pass from Natalie.

Jennifer Lin saved all 51 shots from Walpole but couldn’t save Carolyn's cookies from spilling on the locker room floor after the game. Unsuspecting coach Hobson helped himself to a cookie and congratulated the team on a big win.

by posted 01/24/2020
Montreal Recap

WYH ventured north of the border in an absolutely treacherous snowstorm on Thursday and descended immediately upon the hotel bar where an overwhelmed Sebastian did his best (not well) to calm the rattled nerves of the weary travelers. The Squirt A's came in second place losing in the finals 2-0 versus a 2009 Elite Club Team, the highlight was their 3-0 shutout over the DDO Civics. CJ Hancock was dominant between the pipes all weekend long, Ben Sicular and Lucas Willette each had 4 points. The Pee Wee team came in 3rd place with a convincing win over the Providence Hockey Club. Logan Lewis, Connor Ryan, Seamus Rolfe, and Luke Martin provided the offensive spark. Sean Joyce played stellar in the net keeping the team in every game they played. The Girls U10 team faced 2 of the absolute best teams in Canada (seriously look them up) the Brampton Canadettes with their 8!!! Person Coaching Staff and the Kanata Rangers, it was a great experience for the tightest group of friends in Westwood Youth Hockey. The Squirt Bs showed great determination and were able to tie a very good team from Harfangs St Bruno.

The kids represented themselves, their families and Westwood Youth Hockey incredibly well. There were many hours logged in the pool, playing knee hockey and keeping 1 very overzealous security guard on his toes. The Squirt As were able to tour the Bell Centre and several groups went to the Montreal-Vegas game on Saturday night. Everyone got to experience the local culture and all that entailed. The friendships and bonds formed on the trip will last a lifetime

by posted 01/20/2020
Midget Zach Conway is the Valley League player of the week!

Congratulations to our own Zach Conway for being named Valley League Midget player of the week!  Z tallied 3 goals and an assist (selfish!) in two victories last weekend. I caught up with Zach after he coached the kids at LTS this Saturday. "Of course my parents were huge influences on my love of the game" quoth Zach. "My siblings Matt and Emma are also supporters, especially Emma. Also, that blueberry and cheese pastry from the French Press seemed to help too - ridiculously good."

Congrats Zach!

by posted 01/17/2020
Girls U12 squad continues inexorable march to glory

This reporter knows a great story when he sees one.  This feisty group has moved onto the District 3 final.  There is a lot of excitement around this team. This group really represents what Westwood Hockey is all about.  They are fun to watch and have a lot of talent.  I was able to connect with Coach Campbell after the win.


Pucky: Coach, the girls won another close game.  What was the difference tonight?

Campbell:  We seem to have a formula.  Outstanding goaltending from Jennifer Lin.  Strong defense and puck movement from our back line.  Our wingers are cutting down opportunities from the points. We won puck battles in critical spots, and again…we have Justine Connolly and Sasha Marino scoring.


Pucky: The girls found themselves in a hole in the first period.  Any panic in the group?

Campbell:  No panic at all.  This is a resilient bunch.  We didn’t win the puck or have good coverage on a rebound and it cost us that first goal.   But I think late in the first period, we started to shift the momentum in our favor and started to play like the stronger team.  This Quincy team was big and strong, but we started to stretch the neutral zone a bit and improved the forecheck, which led to us getting the tying goal.  I think we wore them down the rest of the second and third.


Pucky: Last question coach.  What is next for the girls?

Campbell: We are back to league play against a good Winchester team.  We will be in District 3 final sometime before Feb 16th.


Pucky: Good luck coach, we're all pulling for the team!

by posted 01/14/2020
Girls U12 team tastes sweet victory in 1st round of MA tourney

I caught up with Westwood U12 girls’ coach Jeff Campbell after last night’s thriller at the Canton Ice House.  The U12 Girls took on Canton in the quarterfinals of the District 3 play downs and won a tight one, 2-0.  I asked coach Campbell for his comments and here is what he had to say, “I can’t say enough, how proud I am of the girls and their effort tonight.  Every player contributed to this win against a very good Canton team.  Canton was one of the strongest teams we have seen this season and the girls all stepped up to the challenge.” 

I then asked Coach Campbell for some details about the game.  “We have to tip our hat to goaltender Jennifer Lin.  Justine Connolly got us on the board late in the first on a Hayden Cox pass and that was all of the scoring until Sasha Marino hit the empty net with 27 seconds left.  Jennifer completely shut down every threat that Canton sent her way and made some stops that she really had no business making.  I am really proud of the defense for limiting 2nd chance opportunities, the girls all won critical puck battles in front of our net and really focused on making good outlet passes.  Our wings played their best game of the season at the right time. They won battles on our ½ walls to break pucks out, chipped it out when necessary and really limited the Canton points from getting pucks to the net in the 3rd period.  I also would say our centers won more than ½ the faceoffs.  Justine Connolly, and the Marino sisters, Sasha and Julia, were great on the dot all night and that really led to us having more puck possession than Canton in what was an otherwise even game.”

When asked for final thoughts, Campbell had this to say “Well, first, a huge thank you to Coaches Paul Marino and Ray Hicks. We had talked leading up to this game and feel we were really prepared for a lot of situations and we were on the same page at all times with line combinations and situational line-ups for special teams.  I would also say that this group of girls is incredibly supportive of each other and are fun to coach.  I am so glad they are involved in Westwood Youth Hockey.  I hope their experience this season is such that they will want to continue to play together and represent the town.  We are glad for this win…but we have bigger goals to focus on now.  We are now focused on Quincy in the Semis of District 3.  Thanks Pucky – this was a pleasure and thanks for always supporting Westwood Girls Hockey.”

by posted 01/10/2020

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