NEWARK, DE – For the 2nd year in a row, the Randolph squirt hockey team won the St. Patty’s Smackdown Tournament in Newark, DE during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Just like last year, the team went undefeated in all four of its games.
The Randolph youth hockey program has been traveling to “The Pond” in Delaware for this season ending tournament the past seven years, typically bringing teams from four levels ( Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam ) which span ages ranging from as young as 5 and 6, up to 14 and 15.
Randolph has a history of every year taking home at least one title, and some years multiple titles, out of the four age groups participating in the Smackdown Tournament. This years squirt team followed in the footsteps of many past Randolph teams, earning their title by skating against and defeating all strong travel “A” teams from the surrounding states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The team was led by goalie Sal Mirra who had a goal-against-average of 1.5 and an offense that generated 23 goals in 4 games or 6 goals-for per game.
This same players will continue their hockey with their participation in Twin Oaks spring league as Pee Wees (U12) starting in April after having won the Morris County squirt league two years in a row.
Including this tournament, the team ends the season with a record of 22-1-2 and also won for the second year in a row the MCYHL squirt championship. The team is led by Head Coach Rob Magnotta, Assistant Coach Hugh Murphy, Billy Crisafulli, and Kevin Melly.