Win, loss, draw as the Gateway Gladiators begin season
The Gateway Gladiators ice hockey season got under way over the weekend of September 17, with the Midget Blue team tying their first game 3-3 and losing their second game 5-3.
The Gateway Youth Hockey program is based in Wareham, but takes players from all surrounding areas, including the tri-town. The league's home ice rink is at Tabor Academy in Marion.
On Saturday, the Gladiators traveled to Providence, to take on a tough opponent. Jared Robbins opened the scoring for the Gladiators, scoring a goal with assists coming from Quirino doCanto and Zack Lovendale. Trailing by two goals, late in the game, the Gladiators scored another goal, when doCanto wrapped the puck around the net. The Gladiators then tied the game, shortly after, when Lovendale tapped in a rebound, with brother Tyler Lovendale and doCanto grabbing the assists. Ethan Allegrini had good performance as goalie, making 20 saves.
In their second game of the weekend, the Midget Blue team, fell short, 5-3. Quirino doCanto scored the first goal for the Gladiators, stealing a pass, skating and beating the goalie with a backhand shot. Tyler Lovendale scored the next goal, tipping in a rebound, with assists going to Zack Lovendale and doCanto. The North Star team tied it up, but defenseman Coleby Paling beat the goalie with a wrist shot.
The Gladiators did all they could to keep the lead, but a short roster and long periods caught up with the team. The North Stars took the lead 4-3 late in the game, and added an empty net goal to seal the victory. Alex DeMarco and Ethan Allegrini both played well in net, with DeMarco making 18 and 15 saves respectively.
The Gladiators Midget Blue team got their first win of the season, beating Lower Cape 5-2. Lower Cape scored first, early in the first period. Quirino doCanto tied it up a few minutes later, with Matt Maloney getting the assist. Lower Cape scored again, making the score at half 2-1.
The Gladiators came out quick in the second half, with doCanto scoring his second of the game. doCanto completed the hat trick on a penalty shot. Robert Maloney scored a rebound off a shot from his brother Matt Maloney, with the other assist going to Rory Lydon.
With a little under three minutes left in the game, doCanto scored his fourth goal on an assist from Tyler Lovendale. The Gladiator goalies did an outstanding job in the net—Ethan Allegrini led the way, making 20 saves on 20 shots and Alex DeMarco followed behind, making 13 saves on 15 shots.