Over the Christmas and New Year’s break, we Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) teams are participating in the favorite 2014 Boston Mayor’s Cup tournament.
With teams competing from all throughout Boston neighborhoods, we have some great competition and lots of opportunities to shine.
Three teams are participating, one each at Mite, Squirt, and Pee Wee level. These players ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old have already encountered many challenges and victories over the past three months, but this tournament is a favorite for many reasons.
In years past, we have seen more than one of our MEB teams come away with the Championship in their division, and this year looks to be another contender for that thrilling feeling. With the Mites and the Pee Wees both scheduled to play in championship games at Boston College on Sunday, January 4, our chances look good.
The MEB Mites have won three games, dispensing of Hyde Park and two different Parkway teams, all with shutouts. Goal scorers from across the team have combined for 21 pucks in the net over the three preliminary games leading to the championship.
Our next oldest athletes, the Squirts, also fared well in one of their preliminary games, beating Allston by shutout 11-0, but falling to Dorchester and Hyde Park, they are out of contention for the championship.
The MEB Pee Wee team, playing a weekday game on Tuesday, December 30, also completed three preliminary contests with wins, and will appear in the big game on Sunday, January 4. The Pee Wees opened their tournament with a crushing defeat dealt to Hyde Park, wining 11-0. The second game was almost as devastating, winning 8-0.
Tuesday’s 4-1 win against Dorchester gives them a seat at the championship game on Sunday. Stars of the Pee Wee team include Curtis, Birnbaum, Summers, Rufo, and Bocchino in goal turning away all but one in three games.
The players are all excited to play on Sunday at the home of the BC Eagles, the Kelley Rink at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. The Mites are scheduled to play at 1:00 PM and the Pee Wees at 7:00 PM.