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The 14U Silver team returned from Montreal with the CanAm Challenge Cup Gold Medal. This is the team’s third championship in as many tournaments.
The team started off strong with a 6-2 win over the Walpole (MA.) Express but Friday the 13th would curse the team later that day with a 1-4 loss to the Providence (R.I.) Capitals. Saturday’s performance was a 4-4 tie vs the West Falls (Toronto, ON) Golden Hawks. A combination of wins and Goals For (GF) would place the team in the finals against the tournament’s top seed, the Providence Capitals on Sunday morning.
The boys and coaches knew they needed to bring their A game to the finals and what better way than to attend the Habs – Rangers game at Bell Centre and a late night coaching strategy session. The experience paid off with dividends as a combination of strong goal scoring, defense and solid goaltending resulted in a 4-0 win.
The team is: Austin Art, Frank Ellingwood, Ray Ellingwood, Tommy Fisher, Colin Franciszkowicz, Matt Guidash, Ethan Hoffman, Dan Hoh-Hill (G), Sasha Lawrence (G), Ian McKinley, Dan Morgan, Matt Palmieri, Matt Prame, Hunter Spicer, Logan Valentin, Brendan Wheeler, Nick Willey. Managers: David Art & Steve Willey. Coaches included: Dave Ellingwood, Tom Fisher, Marc Fransciszkowicz, Don Hill, Jim Morgan, Mike Prame, Fred Valentin, and Kris McKinley.
2004 Blue Wins 12U AA Congressional Cup Midwinter Classic
The 2004 Blue team won the 12U AA bracket at the Congressional Cup Midwinter Classic in Ashburn, VA over MLK Jr. weekend. The team tied their first two games 3-3, facing the New Jersey Devils and the Long Island Arrows. In the third game of round robin play, the team scored a decisive 5-1 win over the Richmond Generals. The Raiders faced the top-seeded Devils in the final game, and after going down early in the first period 0-2, they scored 4 unanswered goals to take home the title.
The 12U 2004 Blue team, as pictured, is comprised of goalies Harlan Jackson and Leo Quattrone, front, and from left to right, Assistant Coach Robbie Davidovits, Jack Teuschl, Carter McBride, George Bilidas, Colin Leahey, Mike Kuligowski, Danny McGaughey, Josh Shewbridge, Evan Gould, Colin McKinley, Ishaan Sethi, Bryce Sidhu, Ben Cowell, Ethan Slamowitz, Jacob Davidovits, Head Coach Randy Sidhu, and Assistant Coach Dave McGaughey. (Missing: JT Gary and Assistant Coaches John Gary and Don Leahey)
The PeeWee Silver Team went undefeated in the A Bracket of the American Cup Tournament in Lake Placid over MLK Weekend. With only 4 goals allowed all weekend – both goalies Will Tomlinson and Rowan Foose did a phenomenal job protecting the house.
In the Skills event, Rowan Foose won the goalie shoot out competition and Noah Yanowitch was the runner up for the shooter event. In team relays, Brayden Art and Noah Yanowitch showed all the power skating drills pays off, and placed first over all.
“Player of the Game” for each of the 4 games were: Jake Engel, Jake “Speedy” VanDerMiller, Ethan Rostker, and Chris Hildebrand in the Championship game. Sean Hanson, the team’s captain, was the tournament’s most valuable player.
Goalies: Rowan Foose, Will Tomlinson
Players: Brayden Art, Cab Boykin, Keegan Curran, Joe Donovan, Jake Engel, Jack Ettinger, Sean Hanson, Chris Hildebrand, Ethan Rostker, Lexi Sung, Jake “Speedy” VanDerMiller, Noah Yanowitch, Alston Zhang, (Missing: Timmy Nguyen-Trang)
Congratulations to the Mite Black team for bringing home the Avalanche Express Outdoor Classic trophy at Heritage Hills Resort in York, PA. The Raiders sent 2 teams to brave the 15 degree temperatures with wind chills feeling like -15. Nothing could stop them from scoring goals, making saves and tubing down the mountain. In the final game it was Raiders white vs Raiders black fighting for the gold. The game ended in a tie and together they accepted the championship medals and trophy as one team (in the warming shack). Pre-award picture includes:
Goalies: Clara Kang , Nicky Dutton
Kneeling Row: James Boland, Daniel Siff, Brendan Heflin, Madyn Barnett, DoWon Lee, Max Williams
Standing Row: Natalie Chappell, Matthew Brown, Alec Heflin, Jack Kang, Ben Schaffer, Maya Dutton, Nick Woodward
The Raider U16 Silver team pulled together a team on short notice to fill in for a late-cancelling team from PA at the local Crabtown Showdown Tournament in Laurel, Dec 29-31. The tournament was very competitive and balanced, with each of the six teams in the U16 bracket winning at least one game.
The Raiders engineered two third period comeback wins on the last day to take the tournament in such dramatic fashion that had coaches Gary and Ezzard, grown men of advanced age and declining hair lines, unabashedly hugging each other on the bench. After TJ Ezzard buried a tournament-winning goal off a Jeremy Marino low shot-rebound from the goalie's far pad with 20 seconds left, a fist-bump between coaches just wouldn't do! The last 20 seconds felt like 20 years, but the team closed out the victory and minutes later were posing for pictures with Stanley Cup smiles behind a banner with a red crab on it.
There were too many heroics to mention, with every player on our short bench of 11 skaters making big contributions. Breakaways were stopped, a penalty shot converted, F2's driving the net, key faceoffs won and third period backchecking that is not often seen in these parts.
The happy faces holding the hardware in the picture belong to:
1st row: Ely Constantine and Sam Levy
2nd row: Tom Barbour-Leslie, Corey Wells, Hunter Schinstock, Jeremy Marino, TJ Ezzard
3rd row: Jackson France, Ben Osborne, Michael Perez, Jayson Diner, Keegan Sweeney, Matt Regan, James Li
Reston Raiders Goalie Clinics for Travel & House Goalies
The Raiders will be offering five goalie clinics this year with coaches from the Goalie Academy providing the instruction at the following dates and times:
10/2 – 5:50 – 7:10 pm
10/30 – 5:50 – 7:10 pm
12/4 – 5:50 – 7:10 pm
1/29 – 5:50 – 7:10 pm
2/12 – 5:50 – 7:10 pm
Registration for these goalie clinics will be open to travel goalies first about a month before the date. Approximately a week before the clinic date registration will be open to house goalies.
Registration is free for travel goalies and $20 for house goalies.
To register, go to the Raiders web site, select the registration tab and choose the correct date and type of registration for your goalie. There are separate registration forms for house and travel goalies.
If you are unable to attend the goalie clinic after signing up for it you must notify me at least 24 hours before the clinic to allow those on the wait list to fill the vacant spot. Abuse of the registration system will preclude you from benefiting from early sign ups and you will be placed on the wait list upon registration.
If you have any questions, please Raiders Goalie Coach, Don Hill via email at