Comets Notice Of NHS Athletics Effort For Connor Heffler
As many of you know, Natick Comets player Connor Heffler was recently diagnosed with cancer.
The Natick High School baseball and softball programs are each hosting a game to support Connor's fight. Proceeds and donations from these two games noted below will be donated in support of Connor.
The softball team will host their next home game on Monday, May 18 versus Norwood at 3:45 PM. The baseball team will host their home game against Framingham on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at the Natick High School softball and baseball fields.
Please contact Jason Hoye (email@example.com), Kerryn Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kirk Buschenfeldt (email@example.com) for any additional information needed regarding these games and how you can support Connor.
Comets Player Registration And Tuition Payment Information
IMPORTANT: Please read all text below regarding team player assignments, player registration for his/her assigned team, tuition payments, and USA Hockey registration for the 2015/16 season
Player team assignments for the 2015/16 travel team season have been provided under the Tryout Results section of this site.
After team assignments for players have been reviewed, please register the player for his/her team per the placement decision by May 15. To initiate the registration process, please click on the ‘Register Now’ button (right side red button of this site). Please ensure the correct team is selected for your registration per the placement from the drop down option list in the team selection registration section. Please note goalies have their own registration selection options per age level. When you register the player, please ensure your account profile contact information is accurate (e.g. e-mail address, phone number, and postal address and make and save any applicable edits to the profile).
Upon selecting the correct team (again, goalies have their own registration selection options), please read the instructions on how to complete the registration process and make the initial 2015/16 season tuition payment (1/2 the total tuition balance) due by May 15. The player registration instructions will provide information on the dollar amount for the full season balance and the initial tuition payment. The second half of the tuition payment is due August 1.
Payments may be made online using your Comets online account profile or via check. If the payment(s) is to be made via check, the check may be sent (made payable to Natick Comets) to Natick Comets, PO Box 382, Natick, MA 01760. Please note your child's name and team level (e.g. Bantam A, U12) via the check note. For tuition payments made online, the Comets online credit card payment system is backed by 128 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology for reliable transaction encryption and fraud prevention.
When you register your player online, you will also be asked to complete an online travel team player contract. Please complete the online contract as part of the team registration process.
To access your existing online account profile, proceed with the registration process after clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button and you will be asked to provide your existing account access credentials (e-mail address and password). For players who do not have an existing account profile, proceed with the registration for the team and you will be asked to create an account profile upon registering for the team. A player must register for their assigned team online whether the payments are to be made online or via check.
If you have any financial questions about the tuition payment and balance, please contact the Comets Treasurer at
. If your player has decided not to play hockey with the Comets next season, please contact our registrar at
and provide notice of the player not participating.
Important Notice Regarding USA Hockey Registration (2015/16 Season) – To Be Completed At This Time
USA Hockey (USAH) and Mass. Hockey (MAH) sanctioned programs are required to register players and coaches annually. USAH has mandated online registration. At this time, all Comets travel team players and coaches must complete the Individual Member Registration (IMR) online through the USAH website for the 2015/16 season. You need only to register once regardless of participation on other teams such as spring, summer or select teams/clinics.
The USAH online registration is paid directly and securely by credit or debit card on the USAH website. The 2015/16 confirmation receipt is your proof of USAH registration. To register with USAH for the upcoming season, please follow the steps below for each travel team player participating in
the upcoming season.
2. Click on 'Ice Players and Coaches' and click 'Register Now'.
3. Follow the steps to complete the USAH online registration.
4. After completing the online registration form and receiving your USAH registration number, access your Comets online account profile at www.natickcomets.com.
5. When on the Comets website, click on ‘Access My Comets Account Profile' (on the main page, this link can be found in the left side of the site at the bottom of the section selection options).
6. After you have logged in to your Comets account profile, click on the player's name link under 'Children'.
7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and go to the field 'USAH Confirm #' and type in your upcoming season USAH registration number (remove the existing number from last season in the field and replace it with the new number for this upcoming season).
8. Click on 'Submit' to save the input of the new USAH registration number for the 2015/16 season.
For those who could not attend the 'Crash The Net For Connor' fundraising event on Thursday, April 9 and would still like to make a financial donation, please see below for the two ways one can donate.
Postal Mail: Crash The Net For Connor, c/o Natick Patrol Officers Association, 20 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760. Make the check payable to the 'Natick Patrol Officers Association' with a check memo/note of 'Connor Heffler' so that the donation is allocated to the Heffler family.
Natick Fire Department CPR Training And Certification
The Natick Fire Department CPR Team is sponsoring another round of free CPR training and certification and the Comets community is invited. The CPR certification is designed for incident bystanders and not for healthcare personnel (e.g. fire, ambulance, hospital). Any member of the Natick Comets community can take the training and certification. The class is approximately 3 hours in duration and will be held at the Natick Fire Department building (22 East Central St, Natick).
USA Hockey is considering making CPR training a requirement in the future for all coaches (skills, house league, travel).
This spring and summer 2015, Natick High School girls varsity head coach Bruce Ihloff is running an ice hockey skills program. The program is weekly at the William Chase Arena in Natick. Please below and the program flyer for additional program, cost, and registration information.
The spring and summer session dates and times per age level are the following:
Girls U8, U10, U12: Mondays at 6:40 PM starting May 4
Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee: Wednesdays at 5:40 PM starting May 13
Bantam, Midget, U14, U18: Thursdays at 8:10 PM starting May 7
The weekly skills sessions are designed to keep a player skating during the off-season and to improve their playing ability by providing 50 minutes of on-ice training per week. Skills sessions will focus on the following:
- Edges (inside and outside)
- Backward (including crossovers)
- Long striding for speed and power
- Balance and agility
- Starts, acceleration, and stops
- Pivot transitions (front to back – back to front)
Stick and Shooting Skills
- Stick handling and puck control
This skills program is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Natick Comets
Registration for Natick Comets tryout sessions for travel team player placement for the 2015/16 season is open.
Please read this entire section for tryouts information and registration steps. Please follow the steps below for a successful registration for tryout sessions.
At the bottom of this tryout information section is the tryout schedule for youth, girls, and goalie players. Please note some tryout schedule dates have changed for U8, U10, U14, and Pee Wee age levels since the initial posting of the schedule.
STEP 1 – REVIEW TRYOUT INFORMATION
IMPORTANT: Please read each item below carefully to ensure an understanding of the registration tryout fee, registration due dates, age level classifications for teams, the season tuition cost, tryout session dates, and how to register online.
Each registered tryout participant must pay a $250 tryout fee in advance of going on the ice for the first tryout session. For Mite and all Girls levels who have two tryout sessions, $200 of the tryout will be applied toward the tuition cost for the 2015/16 season. For Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget levels, $150 of the tryout fee will be applied toward the tuition cost for the 2015/16 season. The tryout fee can be paid online via credit card or via check. Instructions on paying online and via check can be reviewed when registering the player. The tryout fee must be paid prior to the player participating in tryouts.
Online registration completion and due dates are the following:
NOTE: Tryout registration due dates are one day prior to the first date of the age level on-ice tryout.
The age level classification and birth years for registration can be seen below. IMPORTANT: When registering, please ensure your register for the correct age level designation by birth year.
Youth Mite - 2007 and 2008 Birth Years
Youth Squirt – 2005 and 2006 Birth Years
Youth Pee Wee – 2003 and 2004 Birth Years
Youth Bantam – 2001 and 2002 Birth Years
Youth Midget – 1997 thru 2000 Birth Years
U8 Girls - 2007 and 2008 Birth Years
U10 Girls – 2005 and 2006 Birth Years
U12 Girls – 2003 and 2004 Birth Years
U14 Girls – 2001 and 2002 Birth Years
U18 Girls – 1997 thru 2000 Birth Years
2015/16 season travel tuition information:
Tuition for the 2015/16 season has not yet been finalized. We are waiting for more accurate ice and league fee costs for next year. We anticipate that the tuition will increase in the range of 5% to 10% due to increases in both practice ice and league fee cost. Tuition will be announced prior to team registration in April and will be payable in two payments. Immediately below are the tuition rates for the 2014/15 season.
Youth Mite $1,000
Youth Midget $500
Girls U18 $500
Youth SQ, PW, BN $1325
U10, U12, U14 Girls $1250
Goalie Goalies on youth (Squirt through Midget levels) and girls teams (U10 through U18) who try out and are placed on a team as a full time goalie will be offered a 50% tuition discount for the season. This discount requires signing a contract to play as a full time goalie on a Comets team for the duration of the season.
STEP 2 - PERFORM ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE APPROPRIATE AGE LEVEL
Click on the button seen on this page to initiate the online registration process. You will be creating a guardian and player participant account. If you already have a Comets online account, use your existing account credentials (login and password) to access your account and then register for tryouts. IMPORTANT: When registering, please ensure your register for the correct age level designation by birth year.
STEP 3 – COMPLETE THREE TRYOUT REGISTRATION FORMS
In addition to registering the player online via this site, three forms must also be completed and submitted. There are two online forms and one hardcopy form to complete and return to the Comets registrar for the tryouts. The below three forms are to be completed as part of the registration process.
Note; Clicking on the two electronic form links below opens a new web browser tab or window. After submitting the electronic form, the tab or window can be closed and you may return to this site to complete the next required form.
Consent To Treat/Medical History (this document is to be downloaded, printed, completed, and provided to the Comets registrar in hard copy format at the tryout check-in table the first tryout session for the participant). This completed document will be provided to each head coach for their respective team for the 2015/16 season and each coach will have the copies during practices and games.
STEP 4 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLAYER TO TEAM PLACEMENT
The Comets intend to provide player team placement results online via this site under the 'Tryout Results' section.
Should you have any questions about the Comets tryouts registration process, please e-mail the Comets Registrar at
The tryout schedule below is sorted by goalie and then age level (girls followed by youth). The 'Notes' section per the schedule reflects the last name letter for which initial tryout the skater is to attend and the subsequent groupings which will be announced and posted to this website after each tryout session. Youth Mite level and girls U8 through U18 age levels have two tryout sessions and all other age groups have three tryout sessions.
Please find the appropriate age level below for your son or daughter to review when tryouts commence.
Note that goalies have their own tryout session which is on Monday, March 16. All goalies (youth and girls) should attend both hours of the goalie sessions on March 16 and may also be asked to also attend their respective age level team tryouts.
The player trying out is expected to attend all tryout sessions for his/her applicable age level.
Comets Pee Wee C1 Team Wins Cape Cod Classic Tournament
The Comets Pee Wee C1 team took first place the weekend of March 6 in the Cape Cod Classic Tournament in Orleans, Mass. The teamwork displayed during all four games was tremendous. Not one goal was scored against the Comets team during the tournament. Congratulations on the championship win.
Comets Pee Wee C1 - Cape Cod Classic Tournament Champions
On Tuesday, February 17 the Comets sponsored and hosted the Girls Try Hockey event. As you can see from these smiling faces, it was a great time for all and we look forward to seeing many of these new players at our upcoming tryouts. Thanks to Coach Knapp, Coach Baughman, and the Comets players who assisted with the event.
The Canadian Hockey Academy is a financial sponsor of the Comets. For the 27th year in 2015, the Academy will be returning to Natick for 2015 summer camps. Please see this flyer for information on Natick camps this summer (2015).
Shaws And Kraft Hockeyville Donation To The Comets
As part of this year's Kraft Hockeyville promotion, Shaw's supermarket recently presented the Comets with a $500 donation. The Hockeyville promotion (www.krafthockeyville.com) is looking for the most passionate hockey community in the country based on written entries. The winning community will host an NHL preseason game and receive $150,000 towards rink upgrades.
Diane Larsen of Shaw's (pictured below) made the donation presentation and accepting for the Comets was the PeeWee D team with Eric Beard, Assistant Coach.
The Comets second annual 'Pucks for Bucks Fundraiser' to benefit the Natick Service Council was held on Thursday, December 18 and it was a huge success. 37 of our Comets players collected 18 bags of food, took 364 shots, made 222 saves, scored 142 goals and had tons of fun in the process.
Donations totaled $4,612.15! Players from Comets Mite, House League, Girls U8/U10, Squirt and Pee Wee teams participated.
The 'Pucks for Bucks' event is a memorable and fun way for our young players to learn about giving back to their community while supporting an in-valuable local organization like the Natick Service Council. Look for an opportunity to get involved in the next 'Pucks for Bucks' shoot out in December, 2015.
The event founder and organizer is Comets coach Eric Beard.
The Comets U10 and U12 girls both made it to the championship games in the Comets hosted Bill Chase Tournament the weekend of January 16. Both teams finished as runner up in the tournament for their respective age levels.
The Comets Squirt A team won the District 8 Championship on Monday, January 19 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough. Squirt A defeated Framingham 4-3 in overtime. The team heads to the Mass. State Tournament March 6 through 8 in Chelmsford.
Robby Glantz International Power Skating Camps (August - Comets Discount Applied)
Robby Glantz is a financial donor to and sponsor for the Comets
Robby Glantz is offering Comets players a 15% discount for the Marlboro, Mass. camp sessions below
See this brochure for additional camp information including registration information
#159 • Marlboro (Boston Area) • 4-Session Power Skating, Puckhandling & Power Moves Program • 2015
New England Sports Center • Aug 3-6,'15 (Mon-Thu) • Total On-Ice: 4.5 Hours
Discount Tuition: $259.25 (It Was $305!) >> A SAVINGS OF $45.75 (15% OFF)Discount Code: “Natick Comets 15% Discount”
Group A (Mites & Squirts): All 4 Sessions: 9:00-11:00 am
Group B (Pee Wee & Up): All 4 Sessions: 11:10-am-1:10 pm
The Comets Squirt C team played in the championship game in the Deep Freeze Tournament in Waterville Valley, NH the weekend of January 3. The team won every game except for the final one in which they only lost by one point. Congratulations to the Squirt C team on finishing as runner up champions at the tournament.
Comets Squirt C - Deep Freeze Tournament Runner Up
Effective Monday, December 1, Facility Management Corporation (FMC) is going to start signing out keys for locker rooms for all facility users (including the Comets organization) at the William Chase Arena in Natick. This is in response to an increase in vandalism within the locker rooms after practices and games.
A Comets coach, team parent, or team manager will have to sign for a locker room key for their team at the arena main office. If an additional room is needed and is available the coach(s) can also sign out that room as well. The last coach or parent out of the locker room at the end of a practice or game should then close the door so the room is secure and no one can enter that locker room. FMC also requests that coaches and skaters please respect the locker rooms by making sure they put all their trash in the barrel provided in the locker room and not leave trash on the floor.
Comets coaches are asked to lock the locker room door while skaters are on the ice to prevent theft which has increased within local area rinks over the past few weeks (November, 2014).
Begining on January 1, 2015, FMC will require the coach, team parent, or team manager to provide his/her car keys in exchange for the locker room key for the duration of the game or practice.
Comets Pee Wee A And B Teams ::: Hoffman Tournament Champions
On Sunday, December 7, both the Comets Pee Wee A and B teams won their respective divisions with championship game wins at the Hoffman Pee Wee Tournament. Congratulations to both teams for a great effort and tournament championship victories.
The white Reebok socks the Comets travel teams have used the past two seasons have been discontinued from the Reebok product line. The Comets are recommending that players move to all black socks going forward when new socks need to be purchased. For the 2014/15 season, white socks can continue to be used by players as the Comets are not requesting that sock colors be changed mid-season. Black socks can be purchased at The Natick Outdoor Store and other retail and online hockey apparel vendors (e.g. Hockey Monkey, Pure Hockey).
Skill Development And House League Registration Open
Registration is now open for all Skill Development and House League sessions for the 2014/15 season. Please click on the 'Register Now' button or 'Register Online' links via the main page of this site to register for the selected program(s). IMPORTANT: Please ensure to select the correct program registration option from the drop down selections.
For Skill Development program information, dates, times, and program director contact information, access the 'Skill Development' section via the main page of this site (horizontal selection options near the top of this site).
For House League program information, dates, times, and program director contact information, access the 'House League' section via the main page of this site (horizontal selection options near the top of this site).
For the 2014/15 season, please see below for skill development and house league program dates, session exceptions, and tuition costs (costs are the same as the 2013/14 season).
Skills Session 1 Only
September 20 - November 9 - $120
Skills Session 2 Only
November 15 - January 18 - $120
Skills Session 3 Only
January 24 - March 29 -$120
Skills Sessions 1 & 2
September 20 - January 18 - $205
Skills Sessions 1 & 3
September 20 - November 9 AND January 24 - March 29 - $205
Skills Sessions 2 & 3
November 15 - January 18 AND January 24 - March 29 - $205
All 3 Skills Sessions
September 20 - March 29 - $290
Weekly skill development sessions per the dates above are Saturday and Sunday and are 50 minutes in length.
Group 1 (skaters age 7 and under) at 12:00 - 12:50 PM; and Group 2 (skaters age 8 and over) at 1:00 - 1:50 PM. Further group assignments based on age, size, and skating ability, will be made after the first skill session and during the skill development season.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SKILL DEVELOPMENT SESSION EXCEPTIONS
There are no skill development sessions on the following dates:
Saturday, December 6
Saturday, January 17
Saturday, March 7
Sunday, March 8
DATES AND TIMES
Program runs from Saturday, November 15 to Sunday, April 5. Weekend ice times are Saturdays at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM and Sundays at 3:30 PMand 4:40 PM.
For the first weekend of evaluations, the Saturday 7:00 AM and the Sunday 3:30 PM hours are for the skaters ages 8 and younger. The Saturday 8:00 AM and Sunday 4:40 PM hours are for the skaters ages 9 and older.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOUSE LEAGUE SESSION EXCEPTIONS
There are no house league sessions on the following dates:
Saturday, December 6
Saturday, January 17
Saturday, March 7
Sunday, March 8
The normal Sunday afternoon sessions (3:30 PM and 4:40 PM) will be moved to 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM morning sessions on the following dates:
As we prepare for the start of the Comets 2014/15 hockey season, please see the summer newsletter. The newsletter serves as an information resource on Comets activities and programs for the coming season. The newsletter contains important information about the annual skate swap, skill development and house league programs, volunteer opportunities, coaching opportunities and coach clinics, and other important program information.
During the course of the season, please continue to check this website as it will serve as the main communication channel for the Comets.
On May 19, USA Hockey awarded the Comets girls program with the 'Female Honors Award' for its continued efforts as a national leader in the growth, development and promotion of ice hockey for females in the United States.
Award Presentation: Mark Lissner (USA Hockey), Doug Rausch (Comets President), and Clare Graham (Comets Clerk and Director of Girls Hockey)
Excerpt from the Valley League Website - 2013/14 Season
Excerpt From The Valley Hockey League Website - 2013/14 Season
The 2014 Valley Hockey League (VHL) championships were a culmination of a fun and exciting season that began nearly eight months ago. During that time, teams competed valiantly and parity was maintained in order to provide the most competitive experience for all. At the end of the championship run, the tally was taken and a total of 156 medals were given out to a total of 67 VHL programs. Leading the overall medal charge was Natick with seven medals (two golds and five silvers). It was an impressive performance by the 15 Natick teams in the VHL. This year’s total medal count was four more than Natick earned in 2013.
One of the Natick program highlights was no doubt delivered by the Natick Squirt - "A1" team which captured the top spot in the Squirt Central National – AA Division. The seventh-seeded team entering the championship rounds, the Comets squad not only captured its divisional title but it went on to win the Squirt "AA" overall championship against Newton Squirt AA2 by a score of 3-1.
Valley Hockey League Website Featuring The Comets Program Performance
Valley Hockey League Squirt AA Central National Champions
On Sunday, April 6th, the Squirt C team, the seventh seeded Valley Hockey League (VHL) Central National Champions, faced off against Seacoast, the one seeded VHL Central American champions, for the Central AA Division Title. Scoring just 12 seconds into the game, the Comets never looked back. By the end of the first period, Natick was up 2-0. Natick added another goal in the second period and was looking strong going into the third. Natick let up one goal with 5 minutes left in the third period. But the team held strong and pulled out the victory 3-1.
Pictured in championship photo below are Squirt C team members: Noah Czech, Ryan Coyle, Nick Haswell, Regan Foley, Gavin Wilson, Nicholas Gilbert, Alex Breton, Jack Khodarahmi, Jason Christlieb, Jaidyn Anderson, Tristan Storey, Laini Schneider, Chris Moriarty, Pete Langan, Connor O'Sullivan, and Timmy Cushing. Comets Coaches: Scott Christlieb, Pat Haswell, Steeve Breton and John Khodarahmi.
Mite A Team Wins VHL North American AA Champsionship
The Comets Mite A team is the 2014 Mite Valley Hockey League AA North American Division Champions. The Mites came from behind to edge out number one Winchester 3-2 in the semi final game and dominated Brookline in the championship game with a score of 5-2. In the championship game, the Mites took an early lead thanks to Nathan Nardelli with two first period goals followed by another Joey Perdoni hat trick. Congratulations to the Comets Mite A team for it championship victory.
Comets Mite A - Valley Hockey League AA North American Division Champions
Comets Pee Wee C Team Wins Tournament Bronze Medal
The Comets Pee Wee C team recently competed in the March Showdown tournament in Portland, Maine. Our Comets fought hard, achieving a 3-1-1 record in a crowded and tough division in the tournament. The team's huge effort paid off as they advanced to a medal championship round and won the bronze medal. Thank you to Dianne Cassidy for organizing the trip to Maine and all the associated logistics. Way to go boys with a great tournament effort.
Comets Pee Wee C - March Showdown Bronze Medal Recipients
The Comets Mite A team won the Kevin P. Williamson Mite Tournament in Falmouth, Mass. the weekend of February 21. The Mites beat an undefeated Ludlow team with a score of 6-2 in the championship final.
Comets Mite A - Kevin Williamson Mite Tournament Champions
The Comets Pee Wee C team visited the NESN studio for the pre-game show prior to the Bruins game on Saturday, January 25 versus Philadelphia. Team players asked the Bruins players questions and were part of the live show prior to the Bruins game.
Comets Pee Wee C Team Visits NESN Studio Prior To Bruins Game
Comets Squirt C Team Wins Mass. State Playoff Game
On Monday, January 20, the Comets Squirt C team took on Framingham in a Mass. state playoff game for the right to move on in the state tournament in March. Strong goaltending and excellent passing combined to give the Comets a 3-0 victory for the Division 8 Championship. Congratulations!
Comets Squirt B - 2014 Freeze Out Tournament Champions
The Comets Squirt B team won the 2014 Western Mass Freeze Out Tournament at Amherst the weekend of January 17-19. The team was undefeated going into the Sunday championship game. In the final game, Natick won 3-1 against the Southern Stars from Milford, CT to earn the tournament trophy.
Front: Brady Butler, Quinn Pinkham, Raffaele Bauer, Craig Stephenson, Henry Nemitz, Nicky Miceli
Back: Drew Wallace, J.D. Cogliano, Logan Knapp, Will Fosberg, Michael Fair, Jack McNealy
Coaches: Sean Pinkham, Mark Knapp, Mike Knapp, Chuck Nemitz
missing from picture: Derek Ghilani, Ryan Jewett, Bruno Tavilla
Comets Squirt B - Western Mass Freeze Out Tournament Champions
Comets U12 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Champions
What a weekend for the Comets U12 girls team! They went 3-0 in our own Bill Chase Tournament over MLK Jr. weekend to win the championship defeating Newton, Lexington-Bedford and then Newton again in the championship game. The Comets only allowed one goal against in the three games.
Then on Monday, January 20, the Comets U12 girls faced off against the girls from Nashoba in a playdown game to qualify for the Mass. state tournament in March. It was a hard fought battle and the Comets came away with a 2-1 victory and are headed for the state tournament in March.
Comets U12 Girls - Bill Chase Tournament Champions
The Comets would like to congratulate three Squirt level players who were chosen to participate in the Valley Hockey League (VHL) All-Star League. Those selected were the following:
The All-Star League is designed to offer a high-level playing experience for Squirt players and features 4 teams representing the North, South, East and West. There will be a 12 game all-star schedule from December through March. The games will be scheduled so that there are no conflicts with existing VHL schedules.
The Comets girls U14 team won the Walpole Thanksgiving Tournament the weekend of November 29. The girls won their first game of the tournament and tied next next two games to earn 4 points and the right to face the Maine Gladiators in the Sunday championship game. In the final game, Natick prevailed 5-1 and took home the tournament trophy for the U14 A team level. Over the 4 tournament games, the Natick girls played terrific defense with great goaltending in letting up only 3 goals.
Comets U14 Girls - Walpole Thanksgiving Tournament Champions
The Natick Bantam A team went down to Orleans, MA to play in the Nauset Cup. This tournament had a few town teams but also had select and state teams in it so the competition was excellent . In the first game against the Hurricanes of Hyannis, Natick put themselves in a bad position in the tournament by loosing 4-1. In the second game, the Natick boys buckled down and beat the local Barstable team 2-0 .
"We out skated the local guys in the second game" said coach Dan O'Connell. "We had energy which is something we were missing in the first game."
In the third game, the Comets faced a hard-hitting Breakers team and Natick used speed, passing, and riding a hot goalie Nick Ricardi to win the game. The team netted 5 goals en route to shutting out the Breakers.
In the final game of the tournament, Natick played Yarmouth-Dennis' state play down team. The team comprised Bantam and Midget level skaters. Yarmouth-Dennis had not lost a game yet in the tournament and was stingy with allowing only 3 goals against them. The championship game was hard hitting and fast paced. Natick's defense, offense, and goal keeper did what they had to do to win, shutting out a good Yarmouth-Dennis team 2-0 to win the championship and the cup.
In an effort to alleviate some frustration with the timing of the posting of the practice schedule, we would like to provide some background information. To make sure that the practice schedule is fair to all teams, the Valley Hockey League (Boys) and Middlesex Yankee Conference League (Girls) leagues must first post their game schedules. This season the Comets (and other programs) have seen delays in posting these schedules, especially for Mites and Midgets.
This season’s schedule also incorporates more specialized practices such as skills, goalie clinics, and checking/body positioning clinics which, while beneficial, cannot be adjusted. In addition, we try to rotate teams through the least desirable practice hours as best we can. Lastly, playdown games have started and the receipt of these schedules also needs to be taken into consideration prior to committing to a practice schedule for Comets teams.
The conclusion of the parity round for the Valley Hockey League and the posting of the remaining Midget games should help streamline the flow of information. While we strive to post practices as far ahead of time as possible, we are also aware that posting without all the needed information would later result in date/time changes for multiple teams and cause confusion. Every effort is made to quickly post the practice schedule as soon as all the information is available to us.
Comets Mite B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
The Comets Mite B team defeated Danvers on Sunday to become Valley Hockey League Mite Division A champions. The team’s 4-1 playoff final victory was the culmination of a superb year in which the team posted a final record of 20-1-2.
The coaches stressed that every player on the team contributed to the tournament victory against a spirited Danvers team that never let up and played three exciting, competitive periods. To reach the finals, the Comets defeated Boch 8-1 in the quarter finals and Marblehead 9-5 in the semi finals.
The division championship was the highlight of a remarkable season, in which the team’s single loss came in its first game. The Mites moved up 3 divisions throughout the year, finishing at the top of the A division.
Comets Mite B Team - Valley Hockey League Division Champions
Congratulations to the Comets U10 girls team on a spectacular showing in the Mass. state tournament the weekend of March 22.
Claire Maxwell was the star of game one in the tournament, scoring all 4 goals in a 4-2 victory over Westwood.
Arlington was the next opponent for the second game and they proved to be a tough team. Claire got us going early in the game with her 5th goal of the tournament but Arlington answered in the second period. The game was locked at 1-1 until Jacqui Poulack netted what would be the game winner with 5 minutes remaining in the third period.
The Comets girls broke it open against Canton with a decisive 8-0 win in the third game of the tournament. Jacqui wore the hat with three goals, while single goals were scored by Krista Anderson, Nina Christof, Caroline Gates and Soobin Lee.
The semi-final game against Andover was one for the record books. An epic battle ensued! Natick went down 1-0 in the second period but never quit in the game. Halfway through the third period, Jacqui knotted things up at 1 apiece. Ava Kaplan then scored what looked to be the go-ahead goal but the referees did not see the puck go over the line and called it "no goal". At the end of regulation, the score remained 1-1. Five over time periods later (6 minutes each), Erin Quirk slammed in a Krista Anderson rebound for the victory.
In the state championship game against Melrose, the Comets girls gave all they could. They played their hearts out and were awesome. Ali Joseph was incredible in goal helping to keep it only a 1-0 game going into the third period. The Comets girls had their chances but just couldn't convert and in the end. Melrose prevailed in the championship game 2-0.
Every girl on the Comets team gave their all and made the Natick Comets proud! Congratulations to whole team; Claire Maxwell, Jacqui Poulack, Krista Anderson, Nina Christof, Caroline Gates, Soobin Lee, Erin Quirck, Ali Joseph, Caitlin Ryder , Colleen Quirk, Katie Crews, Heidi Gallenberger, Sarah Manning, Melanie Cotta, Caroline O'Connell, Caitlin Collins, Ava Kaplan and Kaitlyn Dempsey.
Comets U10 Girls - Mass. State Tournament Champions Runner Up
Comets U10 And U12 Girls Mass. District 8 Champions
On Monday, January 21 both the U10 and U12 girls had Mass. state District 8 playoff games in Marlborough to earn the right to play in the Mass. state tournament in March.
In the first game of the morning, the U10 girls defeated Acton Boxborough/Concord Carlisle 6-2. The second game of the morning saw the U12 girls defeat another Acton Boxborough/Concord Carlisle team with a 4-2 score.
Both teams will play the weekend of March 22 in the Mass. state tournament U10 and U12 divisions.
Bill Chase Girls Tournament Summary ::: Two Great Final Games
On Sunday, January 20, the Bill Chase Girls Tournament witnessed two great championship hockey games.
In the first championship game of the afternoon, U10 teams Natick and Walpole did battle on the ice. After three periods of regulation play, the score was 0-0. Overtime play ensued and the score remained 0-0 after the three overtime periods (overtime play had skaters 4 on 4, 3 on 3, and then 2 on 2). After the 2 on 2 third overtime period the game went to a shootout. Walpole prevailed in the shootout and the final score was 1-0. Both goalies played a fantastic game with many saves and all the girls on both teams left everything on the ice over the hour plus it took to complete the game.
In the second championship game of the afternoon, U12 teams Natick and Newton went head-to-head in a high-energy and intense game. After Newton went up in the game 2-0, Natick fought back to tie the game 2-2. In the third period Newton scored on a rebound to make the score 3-2. With under two minutes left in the game Natick pulled its goalie and skated 6 on 5 and had a few good scoring chances in the final two minutes. The game ended with a 3-2 victory for Newton. Like the U10 championship game, the goaltending for both teams was great and both teams skated aggressively with a lot of passion in their respective efforts.
Congratulations to U10 Walpole and U12 Newton on their tournament victories.
Thank you to Bill Jackson and Lisa Landon for coordinating the logistics of the tournament and ensuring everything ran well.
The weekend of January 11, the Comets Pee Wee C team traveled to Waterville Valley, NH for the Deep Freeze Tournament. The weather turned out to be warm and the competition was hot. After suffering a 4-2 loss in game 1 to Wakefield, the boys took care of Duxbury and Pembroke and had the rematch with Wakefield in the finals. This time Natick would not be denied. The team battled hard all game and really played their best "team" game of the year. Congratulations to the Pee Wee C team for their championship victory at the tournament.
Comets Pee Wee C Deep Freeze Tournament District Champions
Comets Pee Wee D Team Wins Game On Providence Bruins Ice
On Friday, December 14 the Comets pee wee D youth team played the North Hockey pee wee team on the Providence Bruins home ice at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The Comets won the game 6-4. The game score sheet can be viewed via this link and the full press release for the game can be reviewed at this link.
Pee Wee D Team At The Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI
On Sunday, December 2 the Comets Mite A youth team won the Mite Madness tournament at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro. The team went undefeated in four games during the tournament. Congratulations to the team on their achievement and bringing home a first place finish.
On Sunday, November 25 the Comets U14 girls team won the U14B division Thanksgiving tournament at Iorio Arena in Walpole. Congratulations to the girls on their achievement and bringing home a first place finish.