STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Sharks Squirt A hockey team went 5-0 to win the New England Regional tournament last weekend in Portland, Maine.
The regional victory capped one of the best seasons in the history of the Sharks program. The Squirts, who are 9- and 10-year-olds, finished 57-8-3. They also won a tournament in Lake Placid, the New England Silver Sticks and the state championship.
The Sharks began the tournament with a 4-2 win over the Vermont champion, Chittendon of South Burlington. The Squirts followed that up with a 7-0 win over Waltham, the Massachusetts runner-up. The Sharks closed out pool play with a 6-2 win over the Rhode Island champions, the Northern Rhode Island Vikings, to earn the top-seed for the elimination round.
The Squirts beat New Hampshire champion Back Bay, 11-3, in the semifinals and closed out their run with a 7-2 win over the Whalers of Cromwell. Stamford beat the Whalers in overtime to win the state crown March 4.
The Squirt division has no national championship.
The team was coached by Rosario Mallozzi, assisted by Tim Nash and Jake Savona. Team members are Ben Nash, Austin Scheine, Jack Johnson, Cooper Gibson, Tucker Healy, Max Hussar, Leo Johnson, Gary Claps, Tyler Tuccinardi, Jack Kinahan, Gavin Dolan, Hunter Gilchrist, Luke Dube, Myles Bazoia, Bradley Hennessey, Charlie McNeil and Jason Marchese.
"It was good to see how the kids got better as the season went along,'' Mallozzi said. "We played Cromwell again and it was a totally different. They went in with the attitude they were the best team and they played that way. In their minds, they were thinking they were unstoppable, and they played that way."