Generals Mites B team shines in first season

Warren rappleyea

The Hub

T

he Greater Red Bank Generals Mites B travel ice hockey team completed its first season with a 31-0-2 record and won the New Jersey Youth Hockey League title for its division.

In regular season play, Red Bank went 17-0-1 in their division to take the B crown. The Generals, who call the Red Bank Armory and Ice Complex home, then defeated the Ramapo Saints and Morristown Colonials to win the division playoffs.

In the Ramapo game, Ben Stenson netted a pair of goals, while Ben Sawyer and Andrew Rosenbloom also tallied in the 5-0 triumph. Joe Williamson had a goal and an assist, and Michael Robertson contributed a pair of assists. Tyler Jackson earned credit for the shutout in goal.

Stenson tickled the twine four times in the finale as the Generals brought home the championship trophy with a 5-1 victory. Williamson again added a goal and an assist. Trey Potter had four assists and Thomas O’Mealia had a pair of helpers.

"It was an enjoyable season, the kids worked hard, they became close and they had a lot of fun — and we had a good group of parents," said John Ferrone who coached the Mites along with Bill Ryan and Dan Cappello.

Ferrone added that while it’s always rewarding to win, the Generals’ program stresses learning and player development on and off the ice.

"Our intention is, obviously, to make the kids better hockey players," Ferrone said. "I think it’s safe to say that everyone on the team is a better player today than at the beginning of the season. But there’s more to it than teaching hockey. We try to instill a positive attitude, a sense of commitment and responsibility and leadership skills. These things are important too."

The Generals Mites B roster is Shawn Cappello, Quinn McKean, Trey Potter, Dylan Pritchard, Michael Robertson and Joakim Ryan of Rumson; Chris Belmonte, Matthew Morgan and Ben Sawyer of Colts Neck; Thomas O’Mealia, Kevin Boyle and Andrew Rosenbloom of Middletown; Ben Stenson of Eatontown; Tyler Jackson of Little Silver; Joe Williamson of Sayreville; Robert McNulty of Shrewsbury; and Nolan Vill of Tinton Falls.

The Mites were not the only Generals team to see success in their first season.

The Squirt A travel team put together a solid second half, highlighted by a victory at the Nassau Invitational Tournament.

Twice during the season the Generals had fallen to the host team, but they avenged their losses to Nassau in the tournament.

In the final the Generals downed the Old Bridge Wings 5-1 for the championship.

The Squirt roster is Kevin Ketelsen, Ryan Hurley, Matt Langer and Chris Ruocco of Colts Neck; Kyle Cappello and Taylor Dickson of Rumson; Aron Campanile and Josh Goellner of Oceanport, Bobby Boyle, Alexandra Giaimo, Joe Sonatore and Chris Lombardi of Middletown; Bobby Arnold of Eatontown; John Jurewicz of Fair Haven; Drew Buscema of Holmdel, Michael McKenna of Little Silver; Tony Perrotta of Monmouth Beach; Jace Arliss of Red Bank and Brian Rappleyea of Sayreville.

For information about the Generals and upcoming travel team tryouts, contact the Armory at (732) 450-9001.