Youth hockey season wrapped up last weekend with the Vineyard picking up a championship tournament trophy.
The Bantams, youth hockey’s oldest division (ages 13 and 14), defeated visiting Ludlow 6-1 in the final game of the annual Eric Maclean Tournament for the tournament win. The tournament was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena.
Jonas Lukowitz landed a hat trick to lead the Vineyard scoring, while Joe Davies potted two goals and Josh Forend notched one. Goaltender Zach Fullin also had a strong performance. The game was a rematch for the Vineyard Bantams, who had previously defeated Ludlow 2-0 in a Saturday evening game. As the two teams with the best record in the tournament, both Ludlow and the Vineyard advanced to the finals. Cathal Robinson earned the shutout in net with 27 saves. Jacob Gundersen and Josh Forend scored for the Bantams.
The Vineyarders were undefeated throughout the tournament, picking up Friday evening and Saturday morning wins against the Winchester and Connecticut Bantams, respectively.
The Martha’s Vineyard Mites (ages 8 and under) played their final tournament over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, hosting five off-Island teams. The Mites B Division defeated Framingham 7-1 and North Shore 8-4 to advance to the championship game, where they fell 9-4 to the Tri-County Saints to place second in their division of the tournament. In the Mites C division, the Purple and White squads took two losses each to tough teams from Agawam and Marlboro. Agawam defated Marlboro 3-0 in the final for the Mite C trophy.
On March 18, the Vineyard Squirts (ages 9 and 10) played Nantucket for the Cape Cod championship title, falling 4-2 in a hard-fought game. Hunter Meader scored for the Vineyard on an assist from Jackson Pizzao, but Nantucket matched the goal and went ahead on a penalty shot midway through the second. Kenny Hatt tied the game shortly after, with an assist by Jackson Pizzano. Nantucket pulled ahead in the third to secure the win.