The King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey Bantam 1 team won the District 3 Bantam Tier II Large championship with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Franklin Wednesday night at Franklin Veterans Arena.
Franklin took a 1-0 lead in the first period but KPW matched it with a second-period goal before taking a 2-1 lead in the third. A third KPW goal midway through the third period was waved off because of a high stick, and then KPW was whistled for three penalties in the final 59 seconds.
With the Franklin goalie pulled for an extra skater, KPW withstood a furious 45 seconds of 6-on-3 skating, winning the final four faceoffs in the defensive zone to hold on to the win and earn a spot in the state championship tournament.
The B1's had a challenging road to the district championship, edging Milton, 4-2, in the first round; holding off Canton, 2-0, in the quarterfinals; and rolling past Weymouth, 8-2, in the semifinals before pulling out the gutty title win.
Congratulations to the Bantam 1 players, coaches and parents for a great performance.
B2's win Foxboro Thanksgiving tournament
The Bantam 2 team won the Thanksgiving Goblet Tournament Bantam B championship Sunday at Foxboro Sports Center after outscoring its opponents, 26-1, and picking up four straight wins.
The B2’s beat Winthrop, 8-0, in the opener before holding off Northeast Elite Hockey (NEH), 2-1, and rolling into the title game with a 11-0 win over South Windsor, CT. The B2’s then earned the Goblet championship with a 5-0 win over NEH. For good measure, the B2’s also beat Plymouth, 3-2, in their South Shore Conference game, completing a 5-0 weekend.
KPW girls players guests at Providence College game
Girls players from King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey were the special guests of the Providence College women's ice hockey team for its game against the University of Connecticut Sunday afternoon at Schneider Arena in Providence.
More than 50 players from the U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19 teams, along with their families and friends, joined the Friars for a pre-game party, a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently renovated Schneider Arena facilities and a post-game autograph session.
The action on the ice was just as exciting: The Friars fell behind 1-0 with a late goal in the first period, but scored three second-period goals before allowing two goals to open the third. The Friars scored a game-tying goal with just four second to play, then rode through a scoreless overtime to hold onto a 4-4 tie with UConn.
Thanks to all the coaches, team managers and families who helped make this such a success.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey partnered with the Boston Bruins to run the first Little Bruins program, an affordable opportunity for first-time players to try playing hockey without a large up-front commitment.
Guided by KPW coaches, student coaches and players, 53 players enjoyed a four-week instructional program and received a full set of professionally fit CCM equipment. At the end of Little Bruins, many players joined KPW's Instructional, Girls In-House or U8 programs. The four-week session was a crash course in youth hockey, with a mix of skating drills, skills stations and other practice all culminating with a number of games in the final session.
KPW is proud to have partnered with the Bruins to offer this innovative program and is excited to have introduced all of the Little Bruins to ice hockey.
KPW Instructional, Girls U8 and Girls In-House registration
The King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey Association is accepting registrations for girls and boys who are interested in learning to play hockey in one of the association's three introductory hockey programs. The programs began Sept. 27, and registrations will be accepted throughout the season.
The KPWYH Instructional Program costs $499 and will be held through March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll, but players must have prior skating experience.
The KPWYH Girls In-House Program is a convenient and cost-effective opportunity for young female athletes born between 1997-2005 to try ice hockey in an all-girls environment. The program costs $499 and will be held through March 29, with sessions held Saturday and Sunday mornings. No prior hockey experience is required to enroll.
The KPWYH U8 program is new for the 2014-2015 season, and is intended for players born between 2006-2009 who have skating experience from a learn to skate program and now are ready to learn the game of hockey. The U8 program will prepare players by focusing on skills development and hockey concepts and introducing players to competitive half-ice games. The program costs $499 and will run through March 29.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is a non-profit community hockey organization for boys and girls from Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. The KPW instructional program has introduced new youth players to hockey for nearly 30 years, following the American Development Model created by USA Hockey. Players learn from USA Hockey-certified volunteer coaches who help new players build confidence and develop fundamentals through a focus on small-area games, skating skills and fun.
Visit the KPW Web site at www.kpwhockey.org for the programs' schedule, for more information and to register.