The NRSA Squirts completed the season at the top of the Valley Hockey League (VHL) Squirt National division with an outstanding 28-5-2 record and a remarkable 171 goals vs. 90 goals for the opponents in 35 games. The Squirts led all 225 VHL teams in wins, goals and goal differential.
There is nothing better than playoff hockey and the NRSA Squirts gave us plenty to cheer about! The first opponent was a formidable Agawam team. The Hornets got started quickly with Landon Phillips moving the puck to defenseman Justin Daley. Justin made a lead pass to Cole Lopilato, who broke in for the first goal, only one minute into the game. Three minutes later, Justin Daley made great pass to Joey Collins, who fired it into the net. Additional goals by Jake Mikulski, Joe Repetto and Lopilato scoring two more, for a hat trick, rounded out the scoring. Justin Daley ended up with three assists, Landon Phillips had two assists and Max Hampoian and Teddy Suny assisted on Mikulski’s goal for a convincing 6-3 victory for the Hornets. Our defensive standouts Justin Daley, Joe Gattuso, Matt Young, Deven Tucker and Jenna Dinapoli kept Agawam at bay along with fantastic goal keeping by Sam Elliott. Alex Selverian, Nathan Phillips and Vincent Pastore were superb in their fore checking, back checking and offensive attack.
Next up were the Reading Rockets and they were no match for the Hornets. Joey Collins netted the first goal on a pass from Cole Lopilato. Forty seconds later, Lopilato scored on a beautiful pass by Teddy Suny. With only ten seconds remaining in the first period, Joe Repetto broke in alone and scored unassisted for a 3-0 lead. North Reading kept the pressure on in the second period, but Reading’s goaltending was determined to make this a game. Finally, Cole Lopilato scored in the third period on a great pass by Joey Collins. Teddy Suny finished off the Rockets with a goal at 1:29 in the third period with assists going to Matt Young and Landon Phillips for a 5-0 final score. The Hornet team kept up its intensity with credit going the entire team for keeping the Rockets scoreless. However, the big story was the masterful goaltending by Deven Tucker. Deven turned away shot after shot, keeping the Hornet team charged with energy, and recording a critical shutout.
The Hornets were now poised to take the Championship and they did not disappoint us. The Methuen Rangers were a tough team and back in the net was Sam Elliott and he put on a show. The Hornet defense of Patrick Tannian, Justin Daley, Joe Gattuso, Matt Young, Deven Tucker and Jenna Dinapoli was frustrating the Rangers with superb play. Forwards Vincent Pastore, Nathan Phillips and Alex Selverian pressured the Rangers and the league-leading offense turned it on. Joey Collins, who played defense most of the year, moved to forward and scored 11 goals in the last ten games. Jenna Dinapoli moved the puck to Lopilato who passed to Collins. Joey took care of business and knocked in the first goal to electrify the crowd. Twenty seconds later Cole Lopilato set up Landon Phillips and there was no looking back. Methuen tried to hold on for a while, but the Hornets stung again for three goals in just over a minute. Lopilato, Collins and Max Hampoian scored, putting the Hornets up 5-0 with assists by Joe Gattuso, Landon Phillips, Jenna Dinapoli, Teddy Suny and Jake Mikulski. Teddy Suny and Joe Repetto both scored unassisted in the third to make it a final 7-2 Championship victory over the Rangers.
NRSA Squirts Lead VHL All-Star East Team to Championship!
Max Hampoian, Cole Lopilato and Teddy Suny lead VHL All-Stars to Championship!
North Reading Squirt hockey players, Max Hampoian, Cole Lopilato and Teddy Suny, were selected as members of the Valley Hockey League (VHL) Elite All-Star East team. The trio is the teams 1st line and led the team in scoring as they compiled a first place 9-2-1 record in the series between four VHL All-Star teams. The Elite All-Star East team consists of fifteen players and two goalies, selected from the 2600+ Squirt-level players in the VHL. This year was Cole Lopilato’s second year selection to an All-Star team, as he represented North Reading last year and was the only returning player from his All-Star team.
The VHL Elite All-Star East and South teams faced off in the Championship game at the Valley Hockey Forum in Haverhill on Friday night, March 20th. The two teams had identical records in the series. The East All-Stars had a 3-1-1 record against the South and received the #1 seed in the playoffs. The South team was ready and came out firing, taking an early 3-1 lead in the game. The East regrouped and quickly came back as Teddy Suny head-manned the puck to Cole Lopilato. Cole made a move to the outside and slid the puck to Max Hampoian. Max fired the puck in the net to tie the game and electrified the team and the fans. There was no stopping them now! The East team controlled the rest of the game and won the Championship with a 6-3 win.
Max, Cole and Teddy are members of the North Reading Skating Association (NRSA) Squirt team that is currently leading the VHL in their division and is poised to make a run in the playoffs.
by Allison Stringer, MS, PT Professional Skater & Physical Therapist
Burbank Arena, Reading Massachusetts
Tuesdays --- July 7 through August 25, 2015 5:00 – 5:50 pm $250 ($225 if paid by 5/15/15)
Program Goals & Objectives
Teach players proper skating technique to:
Increase stride length
Improve forward & backward skating
Improve edge quality
Develop quick turns & changes in direction
Develop quick starts & stops
Speed & Agility
Strength & Endurance
Power & Control
5:00-5:10 full ice skating
5:10-5:50 small groups by skill level to focus on
stick handling/puck control while skating
Please return with full payment ($15 non-refundable registration fee)
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Young hockey players believe skating fast means moving their feet fast. The best way to skate fast, however, is by utilizing proper technique. Players must first slow down and gain "edge quality" and control. After learning now to use their edges properly, the hockey player will then more efficiently gain speed and power. Allison Stringer’s program is a unique opportunity for the developing hockey player to learn technique in order to improve skill, speed, strength, and stamina. Players will be prepared for the fall season-- skilled skaters make better players!
Allison McCann Stringer, Physical Therapist and Professional Skater, is the Clinic Manager for Pro Ex Physical Therapy in Woburn MA. Allison specializes in Manual Physical Therapy for patients with orthopedic injuries to the spine, & sports medicine. Allison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She on ice coaches Mite, Squirt, and PeeWee’s with NRSA-North Reading Hockey, professional staff with North Shore Skating Club. She is the Team Physical Therapist for North Reading School of Ballet’s Academy Performing Team, is a member of the Sports Medicine Society of the USFSA, the Professional Skaters Association, and was the 2002-2005 Team Physical Therapists for the Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams.
AllisonStringer@comcast.net 18 MacArthur Road North Reading 01864 (978) 207-0048
WOW, what a team! The NRSA Squirts are in full stride as we hit the half-season mark for the 2014-2015 season. The team is currently at the top of the Valley Hockey League (VHL) Squirt National division with a 15-2-2 record and a remarkable 104 goals vs. 47 goals for the opponents in 19 games. The Squirts lead all 225 VHL teams in wins, goals and goal differential…yes, 225 teams with 2600+ players!
The team welcomes new-comers to the Squirt team of Joe Gattuso, Vincent Pastore, Justin Daley and Jake Mikulski. These players have joined the Squirts to help form a strong team.
The players from last year’s Squirt 2 team have moved up to bond the new-comers and veterans into a formidable force. Jenna DiNapoli, Sam Elliott, Nathan Phillips, Alex Selverian, Patrick Tannian, Matt Young and Deven Tucker have combined in both offensive and defensive positions to help solidify the team.
The veteran group of Joey Collins, Max Hampoian, Cole Lopilato, Landon Phillips, Joe Repetto and Teddy Suny have led the new comers by example. These six players have accounted for over 70 of the 104 goals, while playing both offensive and defensive positions.
Sam Elliott and Deven Tucker have split the net-minder responsibilities and have been instrumental in keep the team in the win column with a sparkling 2.47 goals against average (GAA).
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