SMITHFIELD --- The Woonsocket North Stars Mite B Blue Team defeated a very strong Northern Rhode Island Vikings squad 3-0 this past Tuesday evening at the Smithfield Ice Rink to complete an impressive season and capture the Gold bracket Mite B State Championship.
The WNS Mite B Blue entered the round robin format playing their best hockey of the season fresh off impressive tournament wins as well as some fierce state league competition.
They opened the round robin format playoffs with a 3-2 victory over CLCF in a fast paced contest, very much like when the two teams faced each other during the regular season.
Despite playing well, the WNS Mite B Blue dropped the next game 3-1 against a very strong skating Newport team.
After the loss, the WNS Blue squad seemed to raise their play to another level with an impressive 5-1 victory over SRI in which the North Stars returned to the puck possession, unselfish, position style hockey that enabled them to finish third in the regular season with a 17-4-1 record.
On the heels of a big win, the WNS Mite B Blue was ready to face off against the WNS Mite B Red team, who finished first in the regular season with a 20-2 record.
The âBlueâ came out skating hard right from the first face-off, controlling play in the offensive zone, clearing loose pucks in the defensive zone, and gained an early lead which eventually proved too much for the WNS Mite B Red to overcome, giving the Blue a 5-2 victory.
The fifth game of the tournament would be a match- up between the North Stars Mite B Blue and the NRI Vikings, the opponent they would eventually meet in the Championship game, with the two teams playing an intense thirty minutes of hockey ending in a 2-2 tie.
The Blue earned the number one seed for the Championship game and took to the ice with the experience of a year of practices and games behind them, poised and ready to showcase what they had learned.
The WNS Mite B Blue once again started strong, controlling play in the offensive zone, firing the puck on the oppositionâs net and pouncing on rebounds and eventually scoring early to take a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the remainder of the first and the entirety of the second period, the tireless efforts of the âBlueâ spoiled numerous opportunities by the skillful NRI players.
The offensive squad consisting of Chris Bolton, Zach Smith, Devin Cormier, Nathan âNTâ Turcotte, Christian Campbell, Ryan Gagnon, Ashley Driscoll, Logan Weiker, Evan Gravel and Jack Byrne kept fans on the edge of their seats with accurate passing and offensive zone puck movement.
To begin the final period, the WNS Mite B Blue continually put pressure on the puck, and eventually were rewarded for their efforts netting two goals within a few minutes of each other to take a 3-0 lead.
Relentless efforts by a tenacious defensive core including Calin Carvalho, Max Pelligrini, Kyle Deluca, Josh Houle, and Ryan Taylor kept the NRI offensive in check and the stellar goaltending from WNS Mite B Blue net minders Sean Trottier and Nathanial Beals sealed a victory for the Blue, combining for a 3-0 shutout, claiming the victory and the championship.
Congratulations to the Woonsocket North Star Mite B Blue players and coaches Roger Gagnon, David Byrne, and Pat Turcotte on their Championship season!