After what will almost be two years on the road, the Mariners are excited to return to Playland next season, our home for the past 12 years.
2014-2015 Season Tryouts will be posted by March 15.
Thank you to Everyone who participated in Hockey vs. Hunger to benefit the Carver Center in Port Chester. It was a great success! Here are our boys hard at work!
Mariners' Squirts and Mites Both Win at Hershey Tournament
The last weekend of 2013 saw both the Mariners squirts and mites win their respective championships at the annual Hershey Christmas Holiday Tournament.
The Mariners squirts won the Squirt B title in a field of 11 teams made up of largely Pennsylvania and New Jersey hockey organizations. It was a grueling test of endurance for the Mariners squirts who played six games in three days, including three games on championship Sunday. A free wheeling Mariners offense dominated play in the first three games against two Quaker Valley teams and the Valley Forge Colonials, outscoring their opponents with 17 goals while only allowing their opponents 4. The scoring punch came from Aidan Gorman, Liam Hurley, Myles Broderick and Jack Reisner while Dylan Gorman provided strength in goal, lifting his teammates to an auspicious beginning to the tournament.
As the tournament progressed and the competition tightened on Sunday, the Mariners continued their winning ways with a 5-3 victory over the Union Thunder in an early morning contest and a noon game, 4-1 win over the Palmyra Black Knights. These two Mariners victories were provided by tenacious forechecking brought on by Mariners forwards Austin Harvey, Braeden Keane, Jordan Donatone, Michael Grbic and Benedetto Galluzzo.
In the late afternoon championship game against the Easton Ice Hawks, Mariners coaching opted for a defensive lock down with an opportunistic and patient offensive approach. Mariners defensemen Lenny Esposito and Keith Kelly foiled Ice Hawk attacks time after time with their keen defensive skills while Ashton Benkwitt stopped every shot, including a breakaway, with another of his stellar goaltending exhibitions. The first and winning goal came three and a half minutes into the third period when a backchecking James Tosi broke up a play at the Mariners blue line while the Easton squad attempted a defensive change which opened the gate for a speedy Jason Katz to step up, charge down the ice and beat the Ice Hawk goaltender for the winner. Two more Mariners goals were later added to bring the tally to 3 in the 3-0 shutout win.
It was a herculean effort and a ton of hockey in one weekend but the Mariners squirts played with as much intensity in the final period of the championship game as they did with fresh legs on Friday afternoon. Congratulations boys! -ST