The coaches each had nice things to say about their opponent’s best guy too, as did others who faced them. Wile attended Newburyport’s first-round tournament matchup against Winchester, and after the game he said he spoke to Winchester’s head coach, who told him that Wile had made an impression on his team during the first period in a big way.
“After the first period, he said my guys don’t want to play against No. 5 anymore,” Wile said. “That just goes to show you that he plays the game fair, he plays the game square and he plays the game tough. I’d take him on my team anytime.”
Similarly, Yameen said he enjoyed getting to play against Hillick because whenever you have a chance to compete against a player of that caliber, it makes you better too. On graduation, Wile said he plans to attend West Virginia University and hopes to try out for the school’s club hockey team. Hillick, on the other hand, will not be headed to college just yet. Instead, he will transfer to Tilton Academy, which will likely serve as his springboard to the NCAA.
“Travis and Kyle, we’re happy for both of those guys,” Yameen said. “Years from now we can look back at these Triton and Newburyport games and have some outstanding memories.”