Congratulations to the Granite State Wild Pee Wee Majors (05) team, who won the New Hampshire Pee Wee Tier II State Championship on March 4th!
Entering the State Tournament as the #3 seed, the Wild first squared off against sixth-seeded NH East in Round Robin play. In typical tournament fashion, the game was tighter than anticipated, with the Wild clinging to a tenuous 3-2 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, thanks to a pair of goals by Jon Pelletier and another by Jackson Carroll. A late tally by Caleb Marasca, followed by an empty netter from Nate Gagnon iced the game for the Wild by a much-closer-than-it-sounded final score of 5-2.
In their second Round Robin tilt on Saturday, the Wild faced top-seeded Manchester-2, in what would turn out to be a preview of Sunday’s state championship game. The goaltending tandem of Nathan Lavoie and Britton Dunbar thwarted the potent Manchester-2 offensive attack with a seemingly endless array of remarkable saves, and the Wild mounted a 2-0 lead on goals by Nate Gagnon and Caleb Marasca. A late score by Manchester-2 put the game in doubt in the final minutes, but the Wild held on for a 2-1 win to advance into the state semi-finals.
Manchester-1 was the opponent in Sunday morning’s semifinal, and the game was truly a donnybrook. Having split their regular-season series, the two teams once again battled down to the wire. The Wild struck first with a goal by Tommy Demeroto, but Manchester-1 responded quickly with a goal of their own to tie the score at 1-1. A nifty tip-in by Nate Gagnon of a Charlotte Wensley shot from the point put the Wild ahead 2-1 in the second period, but once again, the lead was short-lived. Manchester-1 scored the tying goal, and then took a 3-2 lead early in the third period.
It looked as though that score might hold up, ending the Wild season, but the second tip-in of the game of a Charlotte Wensley shot, this time with Chase Turcotte scoring the goal, tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period. Then, with just 1:01 remaining in the game, Jon Pelletier took a pass from Caleb Marasca and buried the game-winning goal, sending the Wild into the championship game with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory.
Manchester-2 held off Upper Valley in the other semifinal game, earning a rematch against the Wild in the state championship game, which would fittingly be another nail-biter. Ryan Dumont set up Nate Gagnon for the game’s first goal, and the score remained 1-0 until Jackson Carroll snuck a hard wrist shot past the Manchester goaltender for what appeared to be a decisive a 2-0 Wild lead with under 4 minutes to play. Manchester-2 would not go quietly, however, cutting the lead to 2-1 with 2 precious minutes left on the clock. Before Machester-2 could pull their goaltender for the extra attacker, however, Charlotte Wensley’s long outlet pass sent Jon Pelletier on a 1-on-1 rush, and he bulled his way past the lone Manchester-2 defender and found the net, icing the game at 3-1 and sealing the State Championship for the Wild.
The win was the Wild’s 8th straight tournament victory (they also went 4-0 in winning a January tourney title in Montreal), so they enter next weekend’s New England Regional with momentum on their side. Good luck to the Wild as they square off against New England’s best in Augusta!
Excited for some new Granite State Wild gear with our new look?!?!
Just in time for the warm weather, our team apparel store is now open with a limited number of items for the spring and summer, including t-shirts, shorts, light weight sweatshirts, hats and a SWEET new team bag. Samples of the new gear will be available to try on during our Team Skates during the weeks of March 12th and March 19th.
The deadline for placing orders is April 1st. To place your order click here to visit our team apparel store.
(Another team apparel store featuring cold weather items will open in early September. Available items will include team jackets and pants, heavyweight hoodies, wool hats and more!)
Congratulation to the Granite State Wild Squirt Minors (08) team for winning the New England Premier League U9 Premier Division championship this past weekend!
The team entered the weekend as the #1 seed in the top tier of the NEPHL U9 division and showed why with convincing wins over the New England Stars and CT Chiefs.
Sunday's quarter final game was a 1 vs 4 matchup against the New England Stars (Tyngsboro, MA) Sunday morning at Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. The Wild scored within the first 45 second of the first period and never looked back, shutting the Stars 5-0. Several players scored for the Wild, with Garrit Turcotte, Devin McEvoy, Tyler Jean, Parker Wheeler and Ayden Lemay all finding the back of the net. Cole Levesque, Kasey Siering and James Rogers all all helped out the cause with assists.
The championship game later that afternoon pitted the Wild against the 3rd seeded Connecticut Chiefs (Newington, CT.). The team fell behind late in the first period, but quickly responded with a goal of their own by Garrit Turcotte to knot the game at 1-1 after the 1st period.
Benefiting from the stellar play of net minder Colby Strum, and goals by Turcotte and Rogers, the Wild then grabbed the lead partway into the 2nd period and finished the frame with a 3-1 lead.
The Chiefs roared back early in the 3rd to close the gap, but 2 additional goals from Turcotte and a tally for Drew Tremblay had the Wild in the driver's seat with a 6-4 lead late in the 3rd. The Chiefs continued to fight hard and found themselves on a power play with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Hoping to chip away at the Wild lead the Chiefs added yet another attacker when they pulled their goalie, but failed to capitalize and saw a 200 foot empty net goal by Kasey Siering float in to seal their fate and a 7-4 victory for the Wild!
Congratulations to our Granite State Wild Mite Majors and Squirt Minors who both had big weekends in the annual NH President’s Day tournament! The Mite Majors went undefeated during the tournament, picking up their second consecutive tournament title after winning the JJ Rosato Tournament earlier in January, while the Squirt Minors also went undefeated during bracket play before dropping their final game and placing as the runner up in their division.
The NH Presidents’ Day Tournament is the largest youth tournament hockey tournament held in NH and one of the largest in all New England, featuring teams from 12 states as well as top teams from Canada.
GSW Mite Majors (U8)
The Mite Majors’ championship run started with a victory against a highly-ranked South Shore (MA) Kings team in a tightly played game where the two teams traded a goals before the Wild netted the game winner late in the 3rd to take a 2-1 opening game victory.
Game 2 was a tale of two halves for the Wild Mites, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead against familiar foe the New England Stars before allowing 5 straight Stars goals that resulted in a 5-5 tie.
Games 3 and 4 saw two more big wins for the Wild, who came out scoring against a tough Mancheser Royals team and rode 3 early goals to a 3-2 victory and followed up the effort with a convincing 6-3 thumping of the Seacoast Spartans to reach the championship game.
The Wild entered the final game as the only undefeated team (3-0-1) where they matched up against a very Middlesex Islanders team. The Islanders struck early in the first to take the lead, but the Wild founght back and knotterd the game at 1-1 before the end of the opening period. The teams played back and forth hockey for most of the next 2 periods before the Wild finally pulled ahead with a goal late in the 3rd to take a 2-1 lead. The Islanders pulled their goalie for one last push, but the Wild jumped on a loose puck around center ice and buried an empty netter for the 3-1 championship win!
GSW Squirt Minors (U9)
The Granite State Wild 2008 rolled into the Presidents Day Tournament coming off a big regular season win over the U10 Central Mass Outlaws (Marlborough, MA) who came into the game having only 1 loss on the season. The team started off the tournament with a strong effort, netting 6 goals and allowing just one against regional rival the North Shore Shamrocks.
Early Saturday morning the Squirts Minors looked to pick up a second win against the Springfield Rifles Elite 2008 team (Springfield, MA.). In tightly played, back-and-forth game the Wild jumped out with a goal in the first period, before trading the next 3 with the Rifles, who scored with 7:32 left in the 3rd period to tie the score a 2-2. The Wild capitalized on a Shamrocks penalty with 32 seconds remaining in the period, punching home a goal with 19 seconds left in the game to top the Rifles 3-2.
The Wild split Sunday’s doubleheader, beating a strong Middlesex Islanders team 2-1 in the first game and jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second game against the Connecticut Junior Rangers 2008 Elites (Stamford, CT.) before dropping the contest 3-2.
The Wild played their final game against the PAL Islanders (Hauppauge, NY) in the crossover finals, battling hard but coming up on the losing end of the contest.
Tryouts for the 2018-19 Granite State Wild will be held starting Monday, March 5th. The 2018-19 program guide is now available, as well as our tryout schedule and online tryout registration. These can also be found on the tryout page the DYHA website, under the Travel Team menu.
The Granite State Wild offers players the best in hockey skill development and competition by offering a combined schedule of league games, tournaments and independent games. During the 2017-18 season many of our teams played (and won big!) in some great tournament destinations, including Montreal, Lake Placid and Jay Peak.
Granite State Wild players participate in 80 minute skill sessions on a weekly ice sessions led by instructors from Premier Hockey LLC. Our goalies receive training from Puckstoppers, working both on-ice and in specialized sessions at the Puckstoppers goalie training center.
As a non-profit hockey organization, DYHA keeps hockey as affordable as possible while providing the best value of any hockey program in the region. We encourage you to compare all that we offer to similarly priced programs...or even the programs that charge $1000 more!
Wild player tuition includes:
*140-160 of ice time per week for most age levels (80 min practice & 80 min skill session)
*5+ full ice, 60-minute practices per season
*Professional skills training provided by Premier Hockey, LLC
*Professional on-ice and specialty goalie training by Puckstoppers
*30-40 games per season, plus playoffs (*league dependent)
*Entry fee into 2 independent tournaments (most levels)
*Pro-weight, twill home and away game jerseys, game socks & practice jersey
Wild team rosters are limited to a maximum of 16 players (14 skaters, 2 goalies) at ALL levels.
2018-19 will be an exciting year for our organization. All of our travel teams will now play as the Granite State Wild, including our Dover Stars travel teams- which will now play as Granite State Wild Select. The Wild Select teams will continue play as 'combined birth year' teams, just as the Stars teams did. This season we will field Squirt 2008/2009, Peewee 2006/2007 and Bantam 2004/2005 Select teams. The Wild Selects will continue to compete in the Granite State League and Seacoast Hockey League.
All of our Wild players will be wearing newly designed uniforms featuring our brand new logo! Our new look was chosen by our players who responded to our logo and jersey selection surveys.
(DYHA will also continue the tradition of the Dover Stars. Players in our House League and First Shift programs will be donning the 'D-Star' as members of our Star Player Development Program. Stay tuned for more info when we start these programs again in the early fall!)
We look forward to seeing you at tryouts starting March 5th...