HOOKSETT, NH -- It's officially hockey season once again, after an interesting (to say the least) summer. Throughout the season, we will post weekly updates on all the teams in the Avalanche organization. Below you'll find the first set of updates for all the teams that have played so far this year.
The U18 Gold team had a solid start to their season going 3-0 in the opening weekend of BHL parity play.
Backed by the strong goaltending of Devon Lapierre, and shaking off considerable quarantine rust, the U18 Gold team held off Assabet Valley 2-0 in the opener. Play improved on Saturday with a convincing win over the New England Knights by the score of 6-1 at the Ice Den. Andrew Johnson and Aiden Priced led the offense with 2 goals each, and Alex Forward chipped in from the back end with a goal. On Sunday, a strong start and contributions up and down the lineup paced the U18 Gold team as they downed the Worcester Jr. Railers 6-2. Lapierre made several big saves down the stretch to maintain the lead for his team. Luc Ouellette and Brandon Murphy led the offense with two goals each, while the team's overall play continued to improve across the board on both the offensive and defensive ends.
The U16 Gold team worked hard this weekend and put in a solid
effort. The team won one of their three total games, but showed great support for each other.
The first game on Friday night at the Edge Arena was a great win for the good guys against the 95 Giants. The Avs controlled the puck for most of the game, and the goals were scored by Jackson Doughty (2) and Brennan Chane (2). Final score 4-1.
Game 2 came against a speedy team in the New England Knights. The Knights controlled most of the game, but the Avs pushed har and never gave up. Final Score 6-3 -- Avs goals scored by Roger Davis, Blaine Gour, and Jackson Doughty.
Game 3 was another great battle in a fast-paced game that was tied 4-4 with 50 seconds left in the game. The Walpole Express scored
to break the tie and win by the final score of 5-4. Avs goals were scored by Roger Davis, Blaine Gour, and Brennan Chane (2).
Keeping the team going in goal each game was Vinnie Ciccotelli. who put in a solid effort in net.
The U14 Elite team had a busy start to the season with six games in five days. The group split the games 3-3 against some very tough competition. They started off with a 2-1-0 record in E9 parity, beating the Seacoast Spartans and the Boston Jr Rangers. Next up, the team went 1-2-0 at the River Rats Jamboree. They group showed good team defense and great goaltending, while all lines contributed offensively.
The 2007 Elite team went 1-2-0 in the first weekend of E9 parity.
They started rolling with a win over last season's American champs, Advantage Black, 3-1 with 2 goals from Aidan Gile and 2 assists each for Casey Fuller and Brady Proulx. Newcomer Kip Hedquist, buried a feed from another newcomer Rowan Arndt for the other goal, the Denmark natives first official points tallied in the US.
Day 2 was a rough start, but still the Avs controlled much of play against the 95 Giants, but ultimately failed to recover from the slow start dropping the game 3-1. Parker O'Toole got the lone tally after some great work on the PP from Justin Howell that set him up alone in front.
Day 3 was a physical and intense battle with the Boston Jr. Bruins. The Avs got on the board first with another tally from Parker O'Toole, but were unable to hold on and lost. Great grit and teamwork as the boys were more than willing to put there bodies on the line and will definitely be a game for this team to build off of.
The 2007 Elite's then faced off with a top team in Casco Bay. The Avs jumped out to an early lead for the second straight game off the stick of Parker O'Toole. Parker would go on to score 2 goals in this one and having a great all-around game. Other goal scorers were Casey Fuller from Hunter Lacroix, and a really nice wrap around by Rowan Arndt assisted by O'Toole. The boys battled hard and competed very well against a very good team falling in defeat by the final score of 7-4.
This past weekend our 2009 Elite team dominated on the ice in all three games of parity. They are working hard to ensure their spot in the E9, the most premier youth hockey league in the region.
In his first year with Avalanche, Liam Gagne was an all-star in the net, allowing only one goal in each game.
We are looking forward to seeing what this team can do during their regular season games.
Ron Brenner made some really big saves in the beginning of the game to help the 2010 Elite team beat the Seahawks by the score of 12-3. In total, eight different players scored for the Avs.
We had a great first week for the Mite Elite, Mite Premier, and Mite Development teams.
The players showed up ready to learn and were able to have plenty of fun with all the skills the coaches set up.
On Saturday morning, the Mite Premier, joined by a couple Mite Development players, were led by Coach Mike and Coach Matt for lots of skills, drills, and fun! Players and Coaches were seen sliding down the ice and scrambling back to their skates as they raced down the ice. All smiles leaving the ice Saturday.
Brian Ullrich led Saturday’s practice for the Mite Elite team. Skills were worked on and players got to know their teammates better. Again, it was a great practice!
Monday’s practice included all three teams and the coaches put together various skill/drill stations. Plenty of attention was given to each player thanks to all the assistant coaches that were available to help on the ice.
Each practice these players show up ready to skate, listen, learn, work hard, and have fun. Big thanks to the parents that get the players to rink, dressed, and on the ice. Also, thank you to the coaches that teach, motivate, and provide a positive environment for everyone - both the players and their families!