Become a Spitfire! In addition to the traditional tryouts we are offering opportunities for players to join Skills night. The following dates are open to any player and players may do more than one session. Players must sign up below. There is no charge for the sessions. For practice and skills visits, your daughter will skate their current age group. u8 - 2008 and younger - U10 - 2007, 2006 - U12 - 2004, 2005 - U14 - 2003, 2002
MA Spitfires U12 Major 2 Team wins RI Columbus Day Tournament in thrilling over-time victory.
It took 3 periods and a OT of hard fought hockey between two teams determined to win this game at the RI Columbus Day tournament in Warwick, RI. The U12 Major 2 Spitfires had already beaten the North Shore Vipers in the preliminary rounds by a score of 4-1. In the finals, the Vipers would attempt to right the previous game. The Vipers came to play and for 3 periods both teams battled each other for the puck. The goalie’s on both ends were working to keep it out of their respective nets. At the end of regulation, the score would stand at 0-0.
But the Spitfires were also here to win, and with 1:41 clicked off the clock in OT a determined Spitfire, Clara Bruno #11 decided to end it with a quick wrister into the top corner of the Viper’s goalie’s net.
It was all over for the Viper’s this time and the Spitfires stand to collect the winner’s trophy and medals.
Both teams gave the crowd something to cheer about. It was an awesome finish to a great tournament.
Eagles’ freshmen becomes first weekly award winner of 2016-17
October 10, 2016 |
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College freshman Delaney Belinskas won Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after her outing against Maine on Sunday.
The Port Orange, Fla., product scored four goals in the Eagles' 5-1 win over the Black Bears on Sunday. In the process, she became the first BC freshman in 21 years to score four goals in a game since Erin Magee '99 did so on Jan. 7, 1996 against St. Lawrence. It was also just the eighth time in program history a player scored four or more goals in a game.
Belinskas is tied for third nationally in goals with 5 and her 1.25 goals per game average is tied for fourth. Among freshman nationally, Belinskas has the most goals and is tied for second in points (5) with teammate Caitrin Lonergan.
This is Belinskas' first Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week award this season.
The fifth-ranked women's hockey team returns to action this weekend when they play a pair of road games. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Eagles will face New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center at 7 p.m., before traveling to Auburn, Maine, on Saturday, Oct. 15, to play the final regular-season game of the season against Maine. That contest will be played at the Norway Savings Bank Arena at 7 p.m.
Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was famous for saying "failing to prepare is preparing to fail." In any sport, the work done before a game directly influences the effort during the game. But practicing on-ice skills and improving athleticism aren’t the only things vital to success when it comes to hockey. Nutritional training and eating well to prepare the body for a game or practice is just as important.
Eating the right type of foods and drinking the right fluids can be the difference between a good game or practice and a bad one. However, for young players and parents rushing to and from the rink, proper nutrition is often easy to overlook. Additionally, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Young men and women playing in different age groups will respond differently to certain foods.
"Eating anything is better than eating nothing, but it's important to avoid foods that are difficult to digest," says Nancy Clark, a registered dietician from Newton, Mass., who has experience working with the Boston Bruins. "A lot of times, kids may just avoid eating because they're on the ice so early in the morning. In this case, even a bowl of cereal before bed can help. Blood sugar tends to drop over night, so eating before bedtime is better than not eating at all.”
Clark points out that greasy foods—a favorite among kids—are harder to digest. They can result in a child quickly losing energy during practice or a game. So, she recommends avoiding those foods around competition.
“The kids will learn too,” she says. “They'll see what helped them and learn not to eat certain things before a practice or a game."
The type of food and fluids that helps young people excel in an intensely physical sport like hockey are those that offer a boost of energy without excessive sugar or fat. It’s also important to remember that meals following strenuous exercise are as important as those before it.
"After a game, I suggest eating something packed with protein," says Clark. "Say chocolate milk and peanut butter. These help the body recover and build on the workout they just had in the practice or a game."
As a parent looking to emphasize healthy foods and drinks that will help your child succeed, it's important to think ahead. If your schedule includes early morning or late-night practices, planning ahead and developing a healthy food routine is even more critical. It will help you avoid those last-minute trips to rink vending machines or fast food restaurants, Clark notes.
"My daughter is a hockey player, and she has a lot of early-morning practices and games," explains Clark. "For parents in this situation, getting breakfast ready for the morning so you can just grab it and go will help get on that schedule. Things like fruit, granola bars, and even a bowl of oatmeal are all easy to digest and create the type of energy hockey players need."
In terms of hydration, water is the best bet, Clark says. Some sports drinks can offer a lift, particularly after exercise that last longer than an hour, but most of time, the best way to hydrate the body is to simply drink water.
"Energy drinks are really just stimulant drinks," Clark says. "They don't create energy. They just have stimulants. Hydrating with water or juice beforehand then maybe a sports drink during or after is the best way to stay hydrated."
Still, there is no single right answer for every young hockey player’s tastes. Adopting a nutrition routine that a child will actually accept is the first step. Once they see positive results, it will make it that much easier for them to stick to it. As children grow and advance through different levels of hockey, their nutritional needs don't change too drastically. However, this same type of routine, with some minor modifications, can be used all the way through when they become teenagers and young adults.
The hours spent becoming a better skater or mastering shooting and passing are critical to a hockey player's success during a game. However, just as important are those few moments deciding what to eat or drink before and after you come off the ice.