Wolves Split Season Information
* Head Coach Mike Potenza
* 3 Practices a Week
* Skill Sessions with EHL JR Coaches
* NEPHL Fall Season + Playoffs
* Uniforms & Apparel Included
U18 Wolves concluded their season this weekend with league playoffs in Walpole. They had a first round matchup with the first place team in the southern division, The Quincy 67's. They came out on top with a 3-1 victory. All three goals for the Wolves were scored on special teams. The first was a short handed goal scored by Landon Crawford with a feed from Andrew Duany. Second goal scored on the powerplay by Andrew Duany. Andrew finished off the scoring with a short handed empty net goal in the final minute of the game.
Second round matchup with the first place team in the northern division, the Mass Bay Chiefs. After a very strong team effort, the Wolves came up short losing 5-2 to the Chiefs.
“We talked all season long about working towards playing our best hockey at the end of the season and that's exactly what we did." Said Wolves coach Mike Potenza.
The Wolves handed the Chiefs just their second loss of the regular season on the last day of regular season play. Potenza continued, “They proved that they could step up and compete with the top teams in the league. Not the ending we wanted but definitely the effort we were looking for."
”Coach Potenza has done an amazing job with this age group, and these groups of players.” GM Andrew Trimble commented. “First two years of split midgets in Laconia with the Wolves, we struggled. Since Mike has come in, each season he’s qualified for the playoffs, developed his players and set a great example.”
Way to go U18s!!
Hot on the heels of a fantastic weekend of Ice Hockey for Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning with wins over Bracknell and Sheffield, we have some more fantastic news. MKL number 39 Sam Russell has been selected to represent Great Britain under 20s at the forthcoming IIHF World U20s Division 2A Championships in Lithuania from the 6th to 13th January 2020.
A delighted MK Head Coach Lewis Clifford had this to say: “Being selected to represent your country is the ultimate honour in any sport and I’m delighted for Sam to be in the squad. I have coached Sam on and off since he was a young lad and I’m extremely proud of him and the player he has become and continues to develop into.”
This season is Sam’s first as a senior hockey player following his junior development in the UK and in North America. He’s demonstrated huge versatility by stepping into forward roles when asked, as well as his usual defensive duties. As a player, he’s also inspiring our junior fans who comment on Sam’s abilities, particularly his skating which is first rate.
We caught up with Sam after Saturday’s game to get his thoughts on his selection, so head over to LightningTV here to see that interview. Cliff finished by saying: “Sam is a huge part of our team already and is growing week by week into a ‘proper’ senior hockey player, this selection is no surprise to anyone in our locker room that’s for sure!”
Congratulations from us all Sam on this tremendous achievement. We’ll miss you for those few games in January, but will be following the tournament with keen interest! Well done.
This Sunday at 215pm at the Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia we will be holding our annual NH Humane Society Benefit Game. We will be collecting amongst other things:
Please share with friends, Co workers and family. All people who bring in supplies for the animals at the shelter get to come to the game for FREE. Wolves play the VT Lumberjacks in an EHL matchup at 215pm
Wolves helping dogs!!