The Youth Roller Hockey League at Kings Sports Centre skated ahead on a rainy October morning with some high-flying action.
After two weeks of play, the competition has seen a few player changes, with the addition of four new Peewee players and a small shake-up in the Atom division.
While small with only two-teams, the new 17 and under division has become a hit with players and fans. The high calibre of play amongst the players has created an entertaining and high-scoring game, with goalies on both sides facing more than 30 shots in a match. The 17U division plays two games per week on Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 9.45am.
Over in the PeeWee division, the KPMG Senators defeated the Appleby Sharks in a 15-2 slugfest. The dominant Senators team saw eight different players notch a point in the contest. Unlike the opening match, game two was a defensive battle, which saw the Vampt Oilers secure their first victory of the season with 4-2 finish over the Stuarts Panthers. Peewee division players of the week included: Wyatt Hope (KPMG), Alex Agemian (KPMG), Adam McWatt (Appleby), Matthew Wilkins (Appleby), Bryce Towell (Stuarts) and Matthew Somerville (Vampt).
Similar to the Peewee league, the Novice division saw one high-powered offensive match and one strong defensive contest. In game one, the Dart Ducks notch their second victory of the season with a 10-8 finish, meanwhile team PWC picked up their first win with a nail biting 4-3 final over the Walkers Blue Iguanas. Novice division players of the week included: Will Geldard (Dart), Will Jackson (Dart), William Priaulx (MaplesFS), Jake Booker (MaplesFS), Jake Serpell (Walkers), Thomas Milne (PWC) and Andy Meghoo (PWC).
The Atom division, once the most competitive and defensive division, has had a unique start with back-to-back high-scoring weeks. While this has been due to the new four-on-four structure, a few player moves have been made to balance the teams, including the addition of two new goaltenders to the division – Jayden Mannisto and Wyatt Hope.
Two teams have emerged as the early dominant squads, with the Conyers Canucks and Eats Blazers both picking up their second victories of the season. Atom division players of the week included Kai Allard (Eats), Justin Hastings (Eats), Ethan Finlason (Conyers), Brad Lansdell (Conyers), Trey Milgate (Ernst and Young), Morgan Bottomley (WestStar) and Ethan Slocock (WestStar).
The Cayman Islands Kings travel team will be venturing to Kissimmee, Florida this weekend 6-9 October. There the side will participate in the ECHO Fall Classic tournament. The C.I. Kings, which are part of the umbrella School of Fitness programme, will be represented by a new 8U squad from the Youth Roller Hockey League.
The programme is coming off a successful June run at the Sunshine State Tournament in Ft. Myers, which saw the 10U team claim the Florida State Championship and the 12U come runners-up in their division.
The 8U team, which began practicing only four weeks ago, will make this venture the programme’s fourth travel team excursion. The C.I. Kings lineup includes players Jabari Walrond, Joe Allom, Jayden Mannisto, Jaxon Stewart, Ethan Finlason, Justin Hastings, Turner Johnson, Noah Booker, Ryan Godwin, Nick McCallum and Nathan Hughes. They will be accompanied by coaches Ray Singh, Jean-Louis Beaudet, assistant coaches Scott Hughes and Andy Allom and team organizer Nicole Hastings.
League games play each Saturday at Kings Sports Centre 7.45am-4:30pm. For more information e-mail Ray Singh at [email protected]