The King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey U14A's won their third straight District 3 championship
The King Philip Walpole U14A team won its third consecutive District 3 Tier III championship by beating Milton, 2-0, Thursday night at the Foxboro Sports Center.
The U14A's jumped out early with a first-period goal, then used a staunch defensive effort to hold off Milton through two tough, scoreless periods. KPW capped the win by killing off a 6-on-3 penalty in the final two minutes, scoring an empty-net goal after Milton had pulled its goalie on the two-player advantage.
Winning the district championship means the U14A's have earned a trip back to the state championship tournament, after making deep runs into the state tournament following their 2012-13 and 2013-14 district championships. They lost in the state semifinals in 2013, and dropped a double-overtime loss in the state championship game last year.
The U14A's had beaten Wellesley, 9-0, in the quarterfinals and then earned a spot in the final game by beating Braintree, 1-0, in the semifinals.
Congratulations to all our players, coaches and families, and the best of luck in the games ahead!
KP High girls open state tournament
The top-seeded King Philip High School girls ice hockey team opens the MIAA Division 2 tournament against Winchester at 6 p.m. Friday in Franklin.
KP rolled to a 17-0-3 record during the regular season to earn the top seed in the state tournament.
No. 16 Winchester knocked off No. 17 Canton, 3-2, in overtime Tuesday night in a first-round game.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey U10 coach Jamie Rice was featured in a recent article for Mass Hockey that discusses the important role "failure" plays in the development of young athletes.
Jamie and his family have been involved with KPW for several years and he has been and remains a valued member of our KPW coaching staff; his twin daughters, Kayla and Erika, are current members of the U10 team. In his day job away from KPW, Rice is the head coach of the two-time defending ECAC East champion Babson College Beavers, and a featured speaker for USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program.
Congratulations to the King Philip High School girls hockey team, which earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIAA Division 2 state tournament after rolling to a 17-0-3 record during the regular season.
The entire KP High team is composed of players from King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey's three-time District 3 champion U14A and South Shore Conference runner-up U19 teams.
Three KP players are among the top 11 scorers in all of Division 2 — eighth-grade forward Kate Holmes is third with 57 points on 32 goals and 25 assists; freshman forward Elizabeth Furfari is eighth with 36 (11 goals, 25) assists; and senior captain Casie Curtin is 11th with 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists).
Senior goalie Molly Potts is ranked second in Division 2 with seven shutouts, posting a 1.06 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage against 266 shots this season.
In addition, freshman defenseman Jess Daniels joined Potts, Curtin and Holmes in being named to the Southeast Mass Girls Hockey League All-Star Game.
KP gets a preliminary-round bye and will meet the winner of the Winchester-Canton game being played tomorrow night.
KPW wishes the KP High girls the very best of luck in the postseason!
Caroline Wilkins, a long-time King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey player who now is on the U19 team, was featured today in the Boston Globe after become the first girl to score a goal for the Bishop Feehan boys' varsity team.
The tryout schedule has been completed and registration now is open for King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey 2015-16 travel teams.
The tryout registration fee will be $50 per player, and players interested in playing for any travel teams at the mite, squirt, pee wee, bantam, midget, U10, U12, U14 or U19 divisions must attend tryouts to be placed on a team for 2015-16.
Players planning on participating in the Instructional, Mite Half-Ice, Girls U8 or Girls In-House programs DO NOT have to attend tryouts.
For more information or to register, please visit the KPW Web site (www.kpwhockey.org), and click on the ‘Register Online’ link on the left-hand side. For more detail on the tryout schedule, click on the '2015-16 Tryouts' tab at the top of the page.