From the onset of the season, the Cape Cod Whalers looked like the team to beat in Massachusetts Hockey’s 16U Division this fall.
The Whalers, coached by Bob Beniers, Mike Moore, Jim Duran and Rick Coan, had a deep team with all ‘02s. In mainly convincing fashion, the Whalers proved their dominance this past weekend by winning the Massachusetts Hockey 16-U Tournament at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro. With the win, the Whalers have earned a bid to compete at USA Hockey Nationals in Grand Rapids, Mich., April 3-8, 2019.
There was a lot of good hockey being played at the 16-U level. The River Rats put on a valiant effort, downing the Junior Eagles in the semifinals to advance to the final. The other semifinalist was the East Coast Wizards. The four quarterfinalists were the Junior Bruins, Springfield Rifles, Islanders HC, and Eastern Mass Senators.