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The hockey rink at Half Moon Bay School is getting plenty of use as the North Coast Hockey League is in full gear. Photo courtesy Kate Haley Photography

In the summer, Sunday is hockey day as families and kids descend on the Half Moon Bay High School rink for a season of roller hockey.

Sunday was opening day for the NCHL. The coed recreational league will host five games every weekend through July. There are more than 80 players ranging in age from 5 to 16.

The league is dedicating the 2019 season to Gabrielle (Gabi) Alheli (Jensen) Benz, who lost her battle with breast cancer on April 11. Benz began a lifelong love of hockey at the age of 5 as a squirt in the NCHL and played there for 10 years. League organizer Ryan Sullivan was her coach for several years as well as a close family friend. “She was probably one of the most positive people I have ever met,” he said.

 

Squirt 

McNamara/Cochett  12

Raul Castillo  10

Jeremy Raffai had four goals and an assist and Nathan DuBois and Michael Brozovich chipped in three goals and one helper each as Brian McNamara/Joe Cochett won a see-saw game over Raul Castillo. Matteo Haro, Maddie Haro and Wyatt Ament each had hat tricks in a losing cause.

 

Pee Wee

Goldworks  9

Premier Termite  4

Hat tricks from Brady Baer and guest Mateo Haro led Goldworks to a win over Premier Termite. Max Dill scored a pair of goals and Emil Al-Shaikh had a goal and an assist, while Kai Higaki chipped in a helper. Sealing the win was goaltender Matthew Wylie, who made 15 acrobatic saves. Michael Slye scored three times and had one assist, and Jake Curthoys had one goal and one assist in defeat.

 

Dr. Moody  12

Dr. Sheppard  11

Dr. Moody rallied to defeat Dr. Sheppard in overtime on the strength of Cody Moulton’s fifth goal.

Sophie Hunter and Ronin Halwani each had hat tricks, and Lukas Slusher had a goal for the victors, who benefited from 12 saves from goalie Julie Nair.

Junuh Eblovi had a rare double hat trick (six goals) and two assists, while guest Max Dill scored three times. Aaron McCoy had a pair of goals and Soren Brown made a day-high 25 saves for the defeated team.

 

Bantam

Bantam 2  6

Bantam 1  3

Pablo Jaramillo’s hat trick paced Bantam 2 to the 6-3 win. Alex Stevens had two goals and an assist, Treythan Krieger scored once, Tristyn Krieger had two helpers and Tommy Kahle made 14 stops in net for the victors.

Max Hunter had a hat trick and Johnny Brozovich had a pair of assists for Bantam 1 in the first game of their doubleheader, while guest goalie Chase Heiberger made 17 saves in defeat. 

 

Jungle Traders  6

Bantam 1  5

Alan Ou’s second goal of the game 1 ½ minutes into overtime clinched the win over Bantam 1. Billy Ou had a hat trick, Brandon Dong scored once, and Brennan Higaki and Eli Dill each had assists. Chase Heiberger stopped seven third-period shots and 15 overall for the victors.

Bantam 1’s Evan Reeve sent the game into overtime with his third-period goal. Max Hunter scored three times and Johnny Brozovich added a goal and three assists in defeat, while guest netminder Tommy Kahle turned aside 17 shots. 

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