Rockaway Rockies Hockey Update
The Rockaway Rockies started their 2010 roller hockey season on Sunday, September 26. The intramural league features two leagues with boys and girls between the ages of 5-13 years old. The Minor division incorporates the younger children and has two teams that face off against each other every week.
The Major division has three teams that will play a competitive season ending with playoffs and a league championship. The Rockies have boys and girls from all over the peninsula and Broad Channel ranging in skills from very competitive travel ice hockey players to novice skaters just learning the game.
All the games are played on Sunday mornings at the rink on Beach 108 Street and Shore Front Parkway. Each division also has one practice session during the week. If anybody is interested in signing up for the Rockies please come down to the rink on Sunday morning.
The Rockaway Rockies Major division just started the second half of the season in barn burning fashion. Boarders Surf Shop beat Elegante Restaurant in the late game to climb back into a first place tie with The Wave. Dylan Grottano and Mike Sweeney played strong defensive games on the day.
This followed the game of the day. The Wave took on Elegante Restaurant in the early game in the Major division and grabbed a short lived time alone in solo first place with a 5-4 victory.
The Wave took what seemed like a commanding 5-2 lead late into the game with stellar play from Jack McCarthy, Shane Molloy and Mark Harnisher but the skaters from Elegante would not give in.
On the back of John Boyle the kids from Elegante Restaurant made a furious comeback in the last minutes of the game. Boyle scored two spectacular goals in the last minute and had an opportunity to tie the game in the waning seconds but was stoned by Wave goalie Ryan Schwach with a tremendous save to help his team hold onto victory.
The Boardwalk Bagels Minor division started off the day in their usual tremendous fashion. The Red team and Blue team played hockey up and down the rink in non-stop action.
The Red team play was highlighted by goals from Caleigh Murphy, Bridget Leahy and TJ David. Sean Errico, Christian Pannetta and Max Carlton helped out the Blue team’s efforts.
The most exciting moment of the game was the penalty shot Colin Byrne took for the Blue team. He walked in on Red goaltender Colin Flaherty and tried to go top shelf only to be denied by a glove save by Flaherty.