The 18U team capped off a great split season with a defensive gem against the Southern CT Stars allowing only 2 goals to secure the championship. Coaches Pete Lompado and Pat Santangelo deserve credit for having their team ready to play against 2 tough opponents.
The journey to the promised land started off with a shootout earlier in the day as the Stars faced off against the RI Jr. Blues and uncharacteristically allowed 5 goals in a penalty filled affair. However, the Stars had matching firepower and then some as they battled back from 1 goal deficits twice in the 2nd half and finally took the lead for good on a power play goal by Charlie Nadrowski with just under 4 minutes left to play. Six different players lit the lamp and were led by Noah Gold with 2 goals and an assist and Andrew Cardi who chipped in with 3 assists.
The final looked to be even tougher as the Stars were facing an opponent who had beaten them earlier in the season by a score of 3-0 and because of that wanted to gain an early advantage. That was not the case as Southern CT struck first, halfway through the opening frame. Instead of folding, the Stars clamped down defensively and also exploded for 4 goals in a six minute span to take a commanding 4-1 lead at the half. Ian Lavitman scored a pair in the outburst and they were sandwiched between tallies by Joseph Fama and Noah Gold. The Southern CT team again opened the scoring this time only 3 minutes into the 2nd half with the hopes of clawing their way back into it but goaltender Thomas McAleer would have none of that as he turned aside all of the remaining shots that came his way. Andrew Cardi finished off another 3 point contribution with an insurance goal to close out a 5-2 Stars victory and bring home the coveted EJ banner.