Maple Leafs win PYHL Squirt division crown

SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER

The Pelham Youth Hockey League Squirt division came to a close Sunday with the Maple Leafs skating past a short-handed Sharks team for a 6-2 victory. The win gave the Leafs the division crown and completed a somewhat &8220;Cinderella story&8221; as they made their way through the play-offs.

The Sharks, who competed until the final buzzer with only six skaters, collected two goals from Chandler Brown, who tried everything to help carry his squad on his back offensively. Austin Turley, Nicholas Lesueur and Everett Badeaux each had an assist.

The Leafs got six goals at the end, but if it was not for Shark&8217;s goalie, Damon De La Rosa, stopping breakaway after breakaway, the total could have been more. The Leafs had two goals each from Jonathan Stockton and Ben Goodman, while Nolan Echols and Jackson Clark had the other two. Drew Stockton and John Michael Chambers both had two assists in the win, with single assists coming from Jack Yarbrough, Matthew Darnell and Jackson Clark.

As the PYHL Squirt division play-offs started, the top-seeded Sharks didn&8217;t look like they would have any trouble in sweeping their games and winning the division crown, as they defeated the Penguins 9-3 in the first game. Timmy Kennedy had five goals in the win with Matt Sheets grabbing two goals and one assist. Joshua Turner and Austin Weber both had goals for the Sharks, while Blake Poljacik finished the game with two assists and Weber had one assist. The Penguins got their goals from Kemper Sanders, who had two, and Reid Conner had the other. Matthew Cerfolio and Braden McCombs both had single assists in the loss.

The second play-off contest featured the Flyers and the Leafs. The Leafs won the game 5-3. Jonathan Stockton had three goals for the Leafs, while Jackson Clark and Matthew Darnell scored the other two goals in the win. Clark added two assists to his day with Darnell adding one. Drew Stockton helped out his brother with the scoring, assisting on three goals, with single assists going to John Michael Chambers, Nolan Echols, Weston Howe and Jack Yarbrough.

The Flyers got their goals from Jakob Hornsby, Trey Savitz and Michael Bonner. Bonner also had an assist. Adam Kalson had three assists in the game, while Harrision Gilbert and Mike Stopak both had one assist.

In the consolation game, the Flyers handed the Penguins an 8-3 loss to finish their year. They received four goals from Adam Kalson.

Trey Savitz had two goals, while single goals came from Mike Stopak and Jakob Hornsby. Hornsby added two assists to his day. Alec Slawinski had three assists and Grayson Mccreary had one. The Penguins got two goals from Braden Mccombs and another from Reid Conner with Lucas Heslin grabbing one assist