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Springfield Rifles win Boston Hockey Elite 9 championship

  • The Springfield Rifles Peewee Major Elite hockey team won the Boston Hockey Elite 9 championship on March 3. Back row, from left: Assistant coach Doug Hanscom (Hadley), assistant coach Mike Hall (West Springfield), Colin Foyle (Westfield), Sean O’Leary (Easthampton), Luke Castor (West Springfield), James Delaney (Palmer), Matt Hanscom (Hadley), Jack Jin (Amherst), Bobby Trigilio (Chicopee), Ryan Dzierzgowski (Longmeadow), head coach Pat Moriarty (Deerfield). Standing holding the sign, from left: Shane Prusak (Conway), Hunter Stockseth (Blandford) and Conor Moriarty (Deerfield). Kneeling, from left: Ryan O’Leary (Easthampton), Jack Neves (Ellington, Conn.), Owen Hall (West Springfield), Beau Elson (Hadley). Front row, from left: Goalies Luke Stoneham (Amherst) and Nick Gerard (Vernon, Vermont). SUBMITTED PHOTO



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Springfield Rifles Peewee Major Elite hockey team won the Boston Hockey Elite 9 championship.

The team, which consists of players born in 2005, beat top-seeded Jr. Rangers, 3-2, to win the title on March 3.

The No. 2 Rifles beat the Patriots, 6-1, in the semifinal round.

The semifinals and finals were held in Haverhill.

Springfield finished in second place in the regular season with a 21-6-9 record. The Rifles scored 124 goals and allowed 89.

The Jr. Rangers were first in the league at 27-3-6.

Springfield is coached by Pat Moriarty of Deerfield. Doug Hanscom, of Hadley, is one of the assistant coaches.

Local players include: Sean O’Leary (Easthampton), Matt Hanscom (Hadley), Jack Jin (Amherst), Shane Prusak (Conway), Conor Moriarty (Deerfield), Ryan O’Leary (Easthampton), Beau Elson (Hadley) and goalie Luke Stoneham (Amherst).

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on March 14, 2018, to correct a typographical error.