The objective of The Southern Connecticut Youth Hockey Organization, is to provide a well organized and supervised youth ice hockey program, which offers opportunities to children of all levels of skill and proficiency.
Southern Stars take New Jersey by storm!
2016-2017 Pee Wee A team in Seawell, NJ
Coach Steve Hetherman took the Pee Wee A and Squirt A teams to NJ this past weekend, to open up the season at the EJEPL showcase. Both teams were unbeaten throughout the tournament and left a positive impression with the rest of the EJEPL league.
The Southern Stars Pee Wee A (05) team took to the ice this weekend at the U11 EJEPL showcase in Seawell, New Jersey. The Stars skated well and the hard work paid off as the team went undefeated 4-0.
The Team opened the season with a 2-1 win over the Red Bank Generals (NJ) on Friday afternoon. They continued their winning streak with 4-3 victories over the Greater NY Stars and the NYC Cyclones on Saturday. They wrapped up the showcase on Sunday with a strong 7-0 win over the Brewster Bulldogs (NY). It was an impressive display of teamwork and all contributed to the team's success. Way to Go Stars!
Squirt A team makes solid impression at EJEPL tournament
Goalie Layne Jackson in Tournament Action
SQUIRT “A” TEAM KICKS OFF SEASON WITH SWEEP AT EJEPL SHOWCASE
MT. LAUREL, N.J. – The Southern Stars Squirt “A” team kicked off its season in impressive fashion with four straight wins at the Igloo Ice Rink in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
The team earned hard fought victories against Greater New Haven (CT), Bowie Bruins (MD), Long Island Gulls and the Protec Ducks (NJ).
The Stars opened the showcase against a familiar face in the Warriors from Greater New Haven and skated off with a 6-0 victory behind two goals apiece from Alex Melillo and Jonathan Vitka.
Colin Scali and Tyler Milrad also netted goals in the victory while Layne Jackson and Emily Krauss each made two saves in the combined shutout.
The line of Jason Anderson, Conor Benz and Scali was consistently on the puck and creating offense during the game.
In Game Two, the Stars met the Bowie Bruins and came away with a thrilling, 6-5, overtime victory. Josh Hackett provided the heroics in OT as he netted the game winner – his second goal of the game.
Hackett buried a perfect cross-ice feed from Patrick Conroy sending the maroon and white to victory.
Anderson, Conroy, Melillo and Scali also scored goals in the game. Jackson and Krauss were again solid in net as they combined for 15 saves.
In the nightcap on Saturday, the Stars met the Long Island Gulls and blanked the birds, 3-0.
Logan Jones provided all the offense the team would need with a second period goal on a twisted wrister that beat the goalie clean.
Melillo and Hackett added goals to insure the victory while Jackson went the distance between the pipes and made 18 saves for his first complete shutout of the season.
In the final game of the weekend, Southern prepared for battle against the Protec Ducks and really saved the best for last – coming from behind to sweep the showcase.
The Ducks netted a pair of goals in the first and second period and held a 4-0 lead with 15 minutes to play. Then the Stars took over.
Hackett picked up a clearing pass from Anderson and went the distance, lighting the lamp and pumping life in the Stars.
Then while killing a penalty, Bruno Martone fired a shot that beat the Ducks stopper and cut the deficit in half. The goal came off a perfect pass from George Guarricino and a huge face-off win from Melillo.
Trailing, 4-2, Melillo netted his fifth of the weekend on a nice shot from the slot to leave the Stars needing one.
With less than 3:00 to play in the game, Teagan Garfield broke up a Ducks rush and sprung Melillo on a breakaway and he did not miss, sending the Southern fans into a frenzy while knotting the score at 4-4.
The comeback was capped off with the Stars killing off another Ducks power play and less than 2:00 to play. Milrad intercepted a pass and buried a shot into the back of the cage for the second shorthanded goal of the game and the lead.
Krauss was solid in net, playing the whole game and finishing with 20 saves for the win.
Gunnar Pikul, Beckett Stenz, Annabel Raffin, Conroy, Martone and Guarricino provided “rock’em sock’em” defense all weekend and made a number of solid plays in their own end to keep the puck out of danger.
On the offensive side of the puck, all nine forwards contributed with strong play and kicked off the season the right way.
With the start of a new hockey season set to begin, the SCYH BOD would like to wish everyone a safe and fun experience. The season can seem like a long stretch at times and over the course of the next several months, there will be occasions when emotions can run high.
If there comes a time during the season where you need to voice a concern, please remember that all inquiries must start and end with the coaching staff. The coach will then begin communication with the appropriate person on the BOD, to begin working on a resolution.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and remember:
This is the time in the kids lives to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Please do not be the parent this sign was made for!
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you around the rink.
If you have not yet picked up the uniform package you ordered, please pick it up at:
WHITIE BENSEN ATHLETIC
38 Saw Mill Road
West Haven CT 06516
OPEN Monday – Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY 9 am – 4 pm
The bags are done and ready for pickup. Since many of the people who ordered bags have already picked up their order, the bags will be delivered to a practice. But if you are local and want the bag sooner, please feel free to go to the store to get it.
If you have any questions, please call or email Laura at the store:
. Whitie’s will field all questions/
Please note the email correction in red below. Apologies for the confusion.
Beginning on Monday July 11 and Tuesday July 12, the uniforms will be ready for pick up at Whitie Bensons 38 Saw Mill Rd West Haven, CT 06516.
The MIDGETS and GIRLS will pick up their uniforms on Monday July11th and Tuesday July 12th anytime during normal business hours 10:00 am - 5:30pm.
The MITES and SQUIRTS Pick up days are Wednesday July 13 thru Friday July 15.
PEE WEE Pick up days are Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19
BANTAM Pick up days are Wednesday July 20 thru Friday July 22
Please note: this is for uniforms only – the custom equipment, bags, etc. will be handled when they are complete, sometime in August.
Also, if someone wants to pick up the order for someone else, please have them contact Laura (firstname.lastname@example.org at Benson's with a quick email or call 203-932-0035.
Benson's cannot take responsibility for the orders once they leave the store, so they want to know who will be picking it up.
Parents should direct any inquiries to Laura or Erika by email, phone or in-store. Benson's will field all questions.
This is for uniform pick up only any additional items ordered will be available for pick up at a later date.