Rockaway Rockies Roller Hockey Update
The Rockaway Rockies roller hockey program had a busy and fun filled couple of days over Halloween weekend.
The “weekend” started on Thursday evening with the program’s first travel game of the season. The team is comprised of youngsters 12 years old and younger. They started out on the road with a travel game at Valley Stream. Even though they were over-matched, the Rockies played with pride and tenacity and there was a tremendous showing of sportsmanship from both teams.
The Ryan Rudden tournament took center stage on Saturday, October 30. The all-day event featured great roller hockey teams from all over the city. The Possums, led by Rockaway resident and former Rockies player Mike Gambino, took the title. The tournament displayed great hockey all day long and raised money to help the effort to refurbish the rink.
On Halloween, the ghouls and goblins had to take a back seat as the Boardwalk Bagels sponsored Minor division started off the morning in dynamic fashion. Joe Foye led the Red team with strong play on both ends of the rink that culminated in his first goal of the season. He was helped along with the hard skating of older brother Luke Foye and the relentless work of Patrick O’Sullivan. The Blue team received great games from youngsters Ryan Hogg, Jack Lundon, Brendan Byrne and Joe Palumbo.
The Major division picked up the intensity in the afternoon. The early game had The Wave taking a shootout victory over Boarders Surf Shop in a clash for first place. Brian McDonald scored the winning goal in the shootout to put The Wave back in first place. The Wave was led by a hat trick from James Byrne and tireless work from Sean Thornton and Mark Harnisher as well as great goal tending from Ryan Schwach. Alex Stabiner netted a shootout goal to cap off a very strong game for Boarders Surf Shop.
The Wave went on to knock off a stubborn Elegante Restaurant team in the afternoon to take a 3-point lead in the division. The skaters from Elegante were led defensively by Dylan Grottano and Mike Sweeney. The iron horse award for the day goes to goaltender Patrick Foye. He made save after save all day long as he played between the pipes in every game!
The Rockies only have a couple of weeks left in the season. If you are interested in playing, come to the rink on Sunday morning to check it out.