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The Lawrence Flames are the premier youth hockey organization in Mercer County. Our players, coaches and parents work together to provide great opportunities for kids and to instill the Flames program with the core values of fun, focus, and fundamentals while displaying a genuine love for the game of hockey.    

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Flames Squirt Team Clinches Playoff Berth
02/14/2017
Flames Squirt Team Clinches Playoff Berth The team punched their...
Flames PeeWee A take 2nd
01/28/2017
Congratulations to the Flames Peewee A team on their 2nd place...
16 AA Midgets Make the Playoffs!
10/25/2016
Flames 16U AA qualified for the NJYHL playoffs behind the solid goaltending...
Midget U16 "A" Team Goes 2-2 at Weekend Tourney
09/02/2016
After a rough start on Friday, the Flames U16 A team bounced back...
Flames 18AA Take 2nd in Season Opening Tourney!
08/07/2016
Our 18U AA team took second at the War at the Shore on July...
16U A & AA Get a Little Chippy!
08/07/2016
If you were at Loucks Thursday night you may have witnessed...
We Are Growing & It's News Worthy!
05/04/2016
To Bolster Hockey Numbers, CVC Coaches Launch Program By S...
Mite Madness - Flames Score a Second Place Finish in Ocean
02/29/2016
The Lawrence Flames Mites took the ice in March Mite Madness Tournament...
Pee Wee B Stands Tall at Hershey Tournament
12/02/2015
After taking one on the chin to start the tournament, the Pee Wee...
Lawrence Flames Player Drafted by NY Islanders!
06/27/2015
Andong “Misha” Song was drafted in the 6th round, 172nd...
 
Flames Squirt Team Clinches Playoff Berth

2016-17 Lawrence Flames Squirt Hockey Team

Flames Squirt Team Clinches Playoff Berth

The team punched their ticket to the NJYHL playoffs with a thrilling 6-3 victory over local rival Princeton Tigers.

 

After compiling a league record of 13 wins, 2 losses and 3 ties, the Lawrence Flames Squirt team qualified for the NJYHL playoffs as the #2 seed in the Lillehammer South Division. They will take on North Jersey’s best in the fight for a state championship as the playoff tournament is set for the weekend of February 24-26 at Aspen Ice in Randolph.

“I’m really proud of these kids. They’ve played hard all year and I’m glad that they are being rewarded with a playoff berth after a great season of strong team play,” said coach Jim Meissner.

The team, which is made up of both first and second year Squirt players, is led by Forwards Wyatt Ewanchyna, Bailey Cook, Tino Tiberio, Graham Bricker, Cade Jones, Dean Meissner, Ryan Kim and Daniel Farrell. Collectively they scored 92 goals in 18 games of league play – good for 4th best in the statewide Lillehammer (A) Division.

The Defense is led by Austin Kolczynski, Garrett Heffern, Kyle Pechalski and Gavin Tuniewicz, and backstopped by Goalies James Friedman and Jake Lenox.

As a team, they only surrendered 44 goals in league play – 2nd in the Lillehammer Division.

Congratulations and good luck to the Flames!


by posted 02/14/2017
Flames PeeWee A take 2nd

Silver Medal Team: Lawrence Flames PeeWee A

Congratulations to the Flames Peewee A team on their 2nd place finish at the Liberty Cup Tournament in Philadelphia the weekend of January 14, 2017!  Way to go Flames!


by posted 01/28/2017
16 AA Midgets Make the Playoffs!

Flames 16U AA qualified for the NJYHL playoffs behind the solid goaltending of Jack Treiman & Danny Cobb. Nikita Nesterenko, Matthew Manahan and Connor Zrinko are the team leaders in goals.

Best of Luck in the Playoffs men! Game On!


by posted 10/25/2016
Midget U16 "A" Team Goes 2-2 at Weekend Tourney

After a rough start on Friday, the Flames U16 A team bounced back on Saturday with two shutouts thanks to very stingy defensive play and goaltending.  They lost in the semi-final game 4-1 at the Mid Atlantic Summer Showcase to a very solid PA team.  The Flames were in it to the end, minus an empty netter when Coach Jay pulled his net minder for an extra attacker.

All in all, the Flames U16 A are playing better as a team as the season progresses and that was evident this past weekend. 


by posted 09/02/2016
Flames 18AA Take 2nd in Season Opening Tourney!

Our 18U AA team took second at the War at the Shore on July 31st!  In the Championship game, they played tough but lost to the NJ Wildcats.  They went 2-2-1 on the weekend.


by posted 08/07/2016
16U A & AA Get a Little Chippy!

If you were at Loucks Thursday night you may have witnessed the scrimmage between the Flames 16U Midget A & AA teams.  It definitely was a competitive half hour with the AA besting the A team 3-2.  Let's just say, it's nice to see both teams have the FIRE and Competitiveness at the start of the season.


by posted 08/07/2016
We Are Growing & It's News Worthy!

Junior James Gow in a game against Steinert at the Mercer County Park ice rink this season. On Gow’s team are players from Hightstown High School. (Photo by Suzette J. Lucas.)

To Bolster Hockey Numbers, CVC Coaches Launch Program

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By Samantha Sciarrotta

It’s no secret that ice hockey numbers are dwindling in Mercer County—the number of co-op teams in the Colonial Valley Conference alone tells that story. Teams across the county, like Lawrence and Hightstown, Nottingham and Hamilton West, and Robbinsville and Allentown are forced to combine due to low player turnout. That has been the case for several seasons.

So, a group of CVC coaches recently gathered together to discuss the state of ice hockey in Mercer County. Their goal was simply to brainstorm—what can be done to get more kids playing the sport at the high school level? Assisted by the Lawrence Flames travel hockey program, they figured it out, and launched a new outlet for local kids to access the sport.

The discounted program is open to new and inexperienced players 4-12, to be placed in separate divisions based on age: Atoms and Mites (4-8) and Squirts and Pee Wees (9-12). In addition, the Flames also launched the Lawrence Heat, an in-house, limited travel program intended for players (born 2004-5 for Pee Wee and 2006-7 for Squirt) just learning the sport. The program’s home rink is Louckes Arena at the Lawrenceville School.

Robbinsville/Allentown head coach Dan Bergan said the Heat will give children a “second chance” to get involved with the sport.

Competitive travel hockey is an integral part of success at the high school level, and the Heat’s goal is to give players two or three years of that experience that they might not have had otherwise before they enter ninth grade. Without that experience, they’re already at a disadvantage going up against powerhouse schools from areas like Bergen and Morris counties.

“In the past, high school coaches have just expected the talent to come to them, but in Mercer, the time has come for the high school coaches to take an active role in trying to promote, participate [in] and encourage hockey,” Lawrence/Hightstown head coach John Ritchie said.

Bergan called it an opportunity for kids who might not make elite travel programs, or athletes who got off to a late start playing hockey. The idea is that the more kids who enter high school with prior hockey experience, the more competitive CVC teams can become.

“The lack of participation at a younger age is what has caused our county’s teams to struggle,” West Windsor-Plainsboro North head coach Andrew Ferencevych said. “Many other counties have strong feeder programs, have leagues for middle school teams, and provide more opportunities for players to try hockey when they are younger. Early participation leads to increased amount of practice to hone skills.”

Lacrosse has seen a local renaissance over the last several years, and he said that younger kids might be more prone to gravitate toward that, as well the typical popular sports like baseball and soccer, rather than hockey.

Ferencevych also added that Mercer County teams had strong programs when IceLand had a sizeable house league, which allowed kids to at least try hockey. Now, they don’t have the option to test the waters.

“Where there were numerous travel programs feeding the local high schools, there are now very few,” Bergan said. “The sport is still healthy and strong as seen by the dominance of Jersey Shore teams. For the local high schools, teams that have been eligible for state tournaments have not been very successful, indicating we are in a bit of a down cycle and need to address that.”

The coaches hope to change that with the new Flames programs.

The majority of players from the top schools in other counties flow in through feeder programs. Here, though, they’ve dwindled over the last few years.

But those feeder programs are essential. Bergan added that if a child is athletic and a good runner, he or she can pick up most other sports fairly quickly. For hockey, though, players need two or three years’ worth of skating lessons before they’re considered skilled enough to start developing stick skills and taking part in contact play.

“Many potential players don’t realize what a great thrill it is to play the game until they are a little older,” Bergan said. “It has the hand-eye of baseball, the athleticism of basketball and the intensity of football, all rolled into one, all while flying over the ice at speeds unmatched by other sports. Because it takes those couple of years to be effective as a skater, perhaps the ‘immediate gratification’ factor lags a bit behind. But that is also what makes ice hockey players so special.”

The state of the economy, Ritchie added, has limited which sports are willing to try because tuition, ice time, and equipment can be expensive for a family unsure of whether or not their child will want to keep up with hockey. But prospective players eschewing hockey in favor of other less expensive (or less time consuming) sports is part of the down period it’s currently in.

But Bergan stressed the current situation is not “grave”—periods like this are normal, he said.

“All sports go through up and down cycles two to four years at a time,” he said. “I think hockey can be robust again without without this initiative, but this will certainly help us become more competitive on a statewide basis. I think the current Shore Conferences are a good benchmark…It’s simply time we take a proactive stace, rather than just taking whatever talent the pipeline feeds us and be satisfied with that. We’re taking a look at what top statewide programs do and hoping to duplicate that.”

The Atom and Mite programs cost $500 per player per season. The Heat program costs $600 per player and $300 per goalie per season. Half of the payment is due with registration and the remaining half is due by Dec. 31. Jerseys and socks are included with the price. For more information, call the Lawrence Flames organization at (609) 731-3083 or e-mail Rich Dickinson at rdickinson1625@gmail.com. On the web: lawrenceflames.org


by posted 05/04/2016
Mite Madness - Flames Score a Second Place Finish in Ocean

The Lawrence Flames Mites took the ice in March Mite Madness Tournament at Ocean Ice Palace in Brick, NJ.  The Flames ran through their preliminary schedule a perfect 4-0.  Their crisp passing and solid defense led them to wins over Old Bridge, two of the home Brick teams and Riverbank Youth from New York.  All players scored at least one goal during the four games with key contributions from Simon Barnes, Ben Deutsch, Joseph Faiman, Will Farrell and Patrick Slajchert who scored the first of his career.  The Flames made it to the final to take on the other 4-0 team from the tournament, the Toms River Blackhawks.  Our Flames who had not trailed at all during the tournament found themselves 2-0 after 1, 4-2 after 2 and 5-3 early in the third when Andrew Darst and Dean Meissner found the back of the net to tie the game.  In the 5 minute Sudden Death Overtime, Matt Allen put on a goalie clinic making many great saves to get the team to the shootout.  Charlie Jackson scored the lone tally in the shootout as the Flames fell 2-1.  A tremendous second place finish in a hard fought game capped a tremendous season for the Mites. As you can see from the smiles and the medals, the team was happy with their play and the parents couldn't be more proud!


by posted 02/29/2016
Pee Wee B Stands Tall at Hershey Tournament

After taking one on the chin to start the tournament, the Pee Wee B team played tremendous hockey against serious competition at the always competitive Hershey Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament. Playing in a field with 14 Pee Wee B teams, our Flames overcame injury, odd playing times and the crowded field to finish with a thrilling 4-3 victory. Congratulations on the great showing team!  


by posted 12/02/2015
Lawrence Flames Player Drafted by NY Islanders!

Andong “Misha” Song was drafted in the 6th round, 172nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Misha was the Captain of the Lawrence Flames Midget U18AA Red team in 2014.

Coach Andrew Ducko said of Misha’s draft, “He’s a really good kid. A great hockey player and I wish him the best of luck.”

According to the NY Islanders website, his scouting report says, “Andong Song becomes the first Chinese-born player to be drafted in the NHL Draft. Song, a native of Beijing, China, moved to North America at age nine, but captained the Chinese team at the 2015 U-18 World Jr. Championships (D-II). The Islanders selected Song from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he captained the team in his senior season.”

Congratulations Misha!


by posted 06/27/2015
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