The 2018 VHL Playoffs are officially wrapped up! We had thrilling overtime wins, come from behind victories, higher seeded teams upsetting lower seeding teams among so much more. We hope you enjoyed all the action as much as we did. Here’s a look at some of what unfolded.
An overall count of 182 medals were given out to 66 different VHL programs. First were the conference finals but then on Sunday April 8th the League Championships between the American and National conferences took place revealing the best of the best.
Parity between leagues was evident with 14 American wins and the National conference just barely edged out the American one with 16 wins. The results changed drastically from last season’s 21 American wins and 12 National wins.
Leading the overall medal count was Wellesley with 1 gold and 5 silvers for a total of 6 medals. This is an impressive follow up to last season where they only had a lone gold medal. Following closely behind with 5 medals total was Andover, Concord-Carlisle, Stoneham, Waltham, Jr. Railers, Framingham and Wilmington.
There were some notable efforts from lower seeded teams who fought their way to the finals to upset a lowered or sometimes even first seeded team.
Some of the many upsets across the league included a seventh seeded Winthrop Squirt AAA team taking down a fourth seeded North Andover Squirt AA1 team 5-1. They defeated Methuen AA 5-4 in the quarterfinal, then North Reading AAA 3-1 in the semifinal before advancing to the championship game.
Peewee South National – A
A seventh seeded Lynnfield-Saugus Peewee AA team took on a first seeded NH East Peewee A team. Lynnfield-Saugus fell short 3-2, however a notable effort from a significantly higher seeded team. NH East Peewee A defeated Woburn AA 4-2 in the quarterfinals, Newburyport A 4-1 in the semifinals and eventually topped Lynnfield Saugus 3-2 in the final.
Bantam West National – AA
Ninth seeded Lynn Bantam AA team took on second seeded Masco Bantam AA. Masco came out with a 4-1 win however, Lynn put up an impressive fight. Masco defeated Triton AA 7-2 in the quarterfinal, shut out Haverhill A1 5-0 in the semifinal and later topped Lynn 4-1.
Peewee North National – AA
Seventh seeded Newton Peewee AAA defeated a first seeded Charlestown Peewee AA in a tight 5-4 championship match. Newton first eliminated South Boston AA in the quarterfinals 4-2 and then Medford AA1 4-3 in the semifinals before advancing to the finals where they upset Charlestown 5-4.
Peewee East National – A
Top seeded Lexington/Bedford Peewee A1 skated past seventh seeded Arlington Peewee A 4-1. Arlington fought an impressive battle against the number 1 seeded team but eventually fell short. Lexington/Bedford shut out Dorchester AA2 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Cape Ann A 4-0 again the semifinals and let up just one goal in the championship against Arlington.
Squirt South American AAA
Sixth seeded Acton-Boxboro Squirt AA1 fought their way to the finals where they they faced a tough top-seeded Stoneham team where Stoneham ended up shutting out Acton-Boxboro 4-0. A notable effort by Acton-Boxboro to compete against a significantly higher seeded team!
Squirt North AA Championship
An incredible performance by Winthrop Squirt AAA who was the seventh seeded facing Winchester Squirt AAA2, the second seed in the league finals on Sunday, April 8th. Winthrop held their own putting up a 3-2 win over Winchester.
Bantam North National AA
Sixth seeded Framingham Bantam AAA put up a fight against a top-seeded SMS Bantam AA team. Framingham eventually fell 2-1 but competed well against a skilled SMS Bantam team.
Bantam West A Championship
Waltham Bantam A finished as the eighth-seed to face off against a third-seeded NE Edge Bantam A team in the American vs National finals on April 8th. The Edge eventually topped Waltham 3-1 but congratulations to Waltham who fought hard against this lower seeded team.
Squirt South AAA Championship
A fifth-seeded Cambridge Squirt AAA team held #1 seeded Stoneham Squirt AA1 to a one goal game. Cambridge fell to Stoneham 2-1 in the league championships but what an outstanding effort by both teams.
Photos from VHL Championship games can be found under our “Championship Moments” tab down on the index listed on the right. To appear on this page, please tag us in your pictures on social media using #VHLPOSTSEASON.
No matter where your season ended we are proud of all of our teams this season. We saw many acts of sportsmanship, overall skill improvements, among so many other things. We love to see the game grow and thank all players, coaches, parents, refs, time keepers, team managers and beyond for their efforts in making the Valley Hockey League what it is. We hope to see you all next season!