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Mite 1 Lakers are runners-up in championship tournament

The Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association Fay's Boat Yard Mite 1 Team started their quest to be the Squirt Tier 4 GSL champs on Friday at Everett Arena as the second seed. First up in the round-robin round was the Rochester Blackhawks Squirt team. Scorers for this game were Matthew Hale with two goals and one assist, Peyton Vachon with two goals and Logan Stroud with one goal. The Lakers were able to edge out the Blackhawks with a score of 5-4.
Saturday morning the Lakers' next opponent was the tough Henniker Squirt 1 team. Scorers in this game were Hale with three goals with one assisted by Logan Stroud, Peyton Vachon and Zachary Spicuzza with one goal apiece with assists from Breanna Ricker and Griffin Tondreau. The Lakers beat the Henniker team with a score of 5-2.
The Lakers' two wins put them in the semi-finals against the NH Avalanche. Hale scored three goals with two assisted from Kameron Young, Vachon scored two unassisted goals and Spicuzza scored one goal unassisted. Despite a last ditch effort from the Avalanche, the Lakers were headed to the championship game with a score of 6-4.
On Sunday the Mites played their final game of the season in the GSL Championship Squirt Tier 4 game against the undefeated Jr. Monarchs Mite Major team. The Monarchs were able to squeak a goal by Lakers goalie Patrick Goodwin six minutes into the game but the Mites fought back to tie up the game with an unassisted goal by Hale. Goodwin had 61 saves through four games in the championship weekend. The Monarchs netted another goal to lead the game with a score of 2-1 after the first period. The Monarchs added five goals in the second period. In the third period the Lakers worked to get the fire going with a quick goal from Hale and another goal a couple minutes later from Vachon, both goals unassisted. The Monarchs added a couple more goals in the third period and won the championship game with a final score of 9-3.
The Lakers ended their season as the runner-up in the GSL Tier 4 Squirt Division and 2nd place in the regular season. A huge thank-you to Merrill Fay and Fay's Boat Yard for their sponsorship and support this season and to the dedicated Mite 1 coaching staff of John Guerin, Craig Hale, Rich Ricker, Matt Tondreau and Joe Spicuzza.
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