This weekend the Team Comcast 14U Bantams wrapped up a strong AYHL League campaign with a 3-0 playoff winning victory over North Jersey Avalanche.
After finishing the regular season with a 27-4-5 record, Team Comcast entered the 2014-2015 AYHL Playoffs with the second best record in the league. After splitting their first two games of the AYHL Playoffs, Team Comcast rallied back, rolling off three consecutive victories over the New Jersey Colonials, Connecticut Wolf Pack and finally the top seeded North Jersey Avalanche.
The final win over the Avalanche was sparked by the lockdown goaltending of Ian Graiff in net. Graiff stopped all 16 shots faced in the contest, shutting out the league’s second highest scoring offense. Sealing the victory for the team on the offensive side of the ice were Ryan Baker, Kyle Peters and Zach Egber, who scored a goal apiece.
All season long Team Comcast’s 14U Bantams squad has seen tremendous play all over the ice. In goal, Ian Graiff and Matt Sanker combined to allow just 35 total goals while facing more than 600 shots on goal. Both netminders maintained goals against averages under 1.5 per game, with Graiff posting a 1.50 and Sanker holding a 1.26. Overall Team Comcast allowed just 48 goals in 36 AYHL games this season, the lowest total of any squad.
Team Comcast was just as stellar on the offensive side of the ice this season scoring 171 goals. The team’s leading goal scorer this year was forward and Mantua, NJ native Kyle Knight. Knight knocked home 39 scores this season while adding 15 assists. Second on the goal scoring leaderboard was forward Dylan Feoli who evenly distributed his goals and assists this year with 21 goals and 20 assists.
Kyle Peters, a forward from Mount Laurel, NJ notched a 20 goal regular season of his own while adding 21 assists. His strong play continued through the AYHL Playoffs as he scored five goals, two more than any other Team Comcast skater in the postseason.
Resident “assist-machines” David Mester of Swarthmore, PA and Maxim Kouznetsov of Voorhees, NJ tallied 39 and 33 assists respectively in the regular season. Mester would add 11 regular season goals totaling a solid 50 point 2014-2015 campaign. Kouznetsov finished the regular season with 14 goals and wrapped up the AYHL Playoffs as the team’s second leading postseason goal scorer with 3.
After what amounted to an incredible season by the entire Team Comcast 14U roster and coaching staff, the team will now move onto the AAHA/AYHL Districts on March 7th and 8th. The games will be played at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia.
Congratulations to the Team Comcast 2000s on yet another fantastic year of hockey.
Written By: Dan Kmiechick