WIHC Varsity Wizards Moving Through Regular Season on Fire
By Ariana D. Den Bleyker
Newburgh, NY—The Washingtonville Ice Hockey Club hosted four games over the past two weekends. The Varsity Wizards continue to dominate the offensive zone and would come up two wins, making them a team to contend with, boasting a 9-1 record, losing only to the Arlington Admirals.The Varsity Wizards continue to keep the puck moving into the net week after week while the JV Wizards continue to build up press forward with aggressive teamwork.
WIHC’s Varsity: Lead by Head Coach Bob McGrath and Assistants Bob Eisenhauer and Jon Branch, went head-to-head against the FDR Presidents at Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, NY,in Game 1 on Friday, November 30th, coming up with a 3-1 win.With several outstanding plays, Wizards Devin Durante and Jack Vander Plaat would go onto score goals, supported by Goalie Troy Ryan in net.
In the game against the John Jay Patriots at Ice Time, in Game 2on Saturday, December 8th, their teamwork was no match for a 10-1 win.Andrew Godfrey would earn a hat trick and additional goals by Jack Levitsky, Jacob Branch, LucBoudreau, Devin Durante, Joseph Brennan, and Dean Soutar, supported by Goalie Ryan Troy in net.
WIHC’s JV:Lead by Head Coach Chris Deftereos and Assistants Steve Den Bleyker and Chris Rohe, JV faced the FDR Presidents at Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh, NY,in Game 1 on Friday, falling 10-1 in a penalty intense match. Wizard John Rufranoskated away with a beautiful goal, preventing a shut out.
In the game against the John Jay Patriots at Ice Time, in Game 2 on Saturday, December 8th, these Wizards displayed immense teamwork and keen passing, playing hard with an empty net late in the 3rd period. Despite picking up a 5-4 loss, Wizards Jesse Walker, Myles McGrail, James Berry, and Cam Longo would bury the biscuit, supported by Goalie Ryan Whitchurch.
WIHC Varsity vs Saugerties Mustangs, 7:45 p.m., Saturday, November 15th, Kiwanis Ice Arena
WIHC JV vs Arlington Admirals (Gold), 9:15 p.m., Friday, November 14h, McCann Ice Arena
Varsity Coach and Dad Jon Branch on team success and his son, Jacob Branch’s experience this year: “This year has been really exciting to see the team find success so early in the season with a 9-1 record. My wife and I are extremely proud of Jacob who is playing his 4th and final year with the team. He has worked hard to battle back from three separate injuries during his freshman and sophomore years. His injury free senior year has allowed him to contribute with a fair amount of goals scored by our high powered offense.”
Washingtonville Ice Hockey Club is part of the Hudson Valley High School Ice Hockey Association, consisting of high school teams from Orange and Dutchess County. Its declaration of purpose provides its members will endeavor to provide for all young men and women of the Washingtonville, Warwick, and a few other surrounding communities the format and opportunity to learn and play ice hockey at various age and skill levels. Charter and Articles for the club were proposed and adopted on May 26, 1994.
Photo Credit: Michele Branch
Ice Time Sports Complex, 11/30/18
Pictured: Andrew Godfrey, Senior, Offense