Agawam Mite A's Take Valley League Championship in Overtime Win

Agawam Mite A Youth Hockey Team ended a successful season on Saturday with a league championship win over top-ranked Stoneham.

The Agawam Mite A Youth Hockey Team traveled to the Saturday morning to battle league rival Stoneham to decide the League Championship.  Stoneham entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed while the Chiefs were the No. 3 seed.

As was the case for their previous five contests, the game was hotly contested.  Stoneham opened the scoring early in the first period, while Agawam countered with a top shelf wrist shot off the stick of Luc Moruzzi and a nifty breakaway goal from high scoring centerman Jimmy Ayers. The game went back and forth from there with no team having more than a one goal lead.

Agawam struck two more times in regulation, including a gorgeous tip-in goal by Ayers off a Jack Erdmann shot from outside the faceoff circle. Stellar defense the whole game by Chase Davis, Charlie Faldi, Dylan Cole and Drew Dolan as well as spectacular goaltending from Herbie Collins kept the Stoneham offense at bay for most of the contest. 

After three periods, the game was tied 4-4.  The overtime extra frame was highlighted by constant pressure from the Chiefs and ended with Ayers netting his fourth goal of the game, wrisiting the puck over the Stoneham keeper's glove to secure the victory.

On their way to the championship, the Chiefs beat a tough Amesbury squad as well as cross-town rivals Cape Ann. Emmett Harris registered points in all three games with linemates Erdmann and Moruzzi and excellent two-way hockey was played by Sam Curtis (1 goal, 1 assist), Lucy Werner (2 goals, 1 assist) and Jack Curtis (2 assists).


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