ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The mighty Westchester Vipers Bantam AA 14-Under age group hockey team is headed to upstate Amherst for the New York State Tier 2 Championships March 7-9.
The Vipers, who are based at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, are scheduled to represent the East Section of New York boasting an impressive 47-8-3 record. The team won the Tri-State League Bantam AA Championship and is an N.Y. East Section Finalist No. 2 Seed
The Vipers won the JWK Memorial Tournament, Rhode Island (Bantam AAA division (First AAA title in Vipers history) 5 Overtime victory in championship game, the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Patriots Weekend Tournament (Bantam Major) with a come from behind win in championship game down 4-2, winning 5-4.
"The things that make this team a winner are that they are all very serious hockey players," Vipers spokesperson and parent John Morello said. "They put the team first. and they all play hard for each other It's probably the best team dynamic I've seen in all the years my son has been playing."
Morello said the Vipers all played together as Pee Wees and reached their age group state championships two years ago and are motivated by that experience.
"A lot of these players made it to states with the Vipers and fell short, so they reflect on that a lot," Morello said.
The Vipers, all born in 1999, hail from Mount Pleasant, Chappaqua and Irvington in Westchester, as well as New York City, Suffern and Stamford, New Canaan and Westport, Conn.
The team is coached by Kevin Hagen, General Manager, Westchester Skating Academy with assistant coaches Michael Cookingham and Jamie Funigiello and team manager Pete Lipsky. Dave Mensi is the organization's president.
The Vipers roster includes; Aerin Frankel (Female) Goalie, Dillon Potter, Forward, Kyle Dearborn, Defense, Max Chalfin ( F), Tyler Ekstein (F), Johnny Morello (F), Matthew Mutkoski (F), Jack Lipsky (F/D), Trescher Prins (F), Joseph Geary (D), AJ Bella (F), Shaan Greenberg (F), Jack Klion (D), Alex Kostrzewski (F), Joshua Fu (F), Marc Orlin (F/D) and Anthony Stark (Capt.) ( D)