Watertown Hockey Player Continues His Quest to Play in College

Tyler Gardiner, one of the leaders of Watertown High School’s successful boys hockey team, will keep his dream of playing in college alive by playing for a year with the Boston Junior Rangers of the Eastern Hockey League. Gardiner recently signed with the Junior Rangers’ Premier team, the higher of the two levels. He said this is a typical path to playing hockey in college. “Most colleges don’t take kids under 21. They go to the juniors or have a year of prep school,” Gardiner said.

Watertown Hockey Team’s Dream of a Repeat Ends With Overtime Loss

WOBURN – The magical state tournament run has finally come to an end for the Watertown High School boys hockey team, which fell 2-1 in overtime to Wayland in the div. 3 North Section final Monday night. 

The Raiders won the 2015 Div. 3 State Championship, and again seemed to have the skill and luck to make another run to the TD Garden. Watertown Head Coach Mike Hayes had faith in his team’s abilities, despite finishing the regular season with a 9-11 record. “I really did, I thought we had enough to get back in the tournament and make a run,” said Hayes, noting that the team won nine straight tournament games.

Watertown Boys Hockey Routs Weston to Earn Spot in Section Semifinal

The Watertown boys hockey team got its offense in gear in the second period of the MIAA Div. 3 North Section quarterfinal and swept past Weston 8-1 Monday night. 

The Raiders (11-11) wore the road uniforms, but looked at home on the familiar ice of John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown. The teams skated to a scoreless first period, but Watertown head coach Mike Hayes said he made some adjustments. “We were beating their D about halfway and taking shots instead of driving to the net,” Hayes said. “We wanted to come out in the second and take them wide and take it to the net.

Raiders Notebook: Watertown Celebrates First Boys’ Hockey State Title

Watertown hockey coach Mike Hayes worked with what he was given, and took the Raiders to the state title on Sunday. He hopes to stay in the hunt next year even after losing some key seniors. The Raiders skated to the MIAA Div. 3 state title at the TD Garden Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Agawam. The team did it with a roster of 19, and Hayes said five of those players did not hit the ice.