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  • By Lonny Lovins If you tuned out early last night, you missed some great games.  I know that most parents and teams wanted to get some rest, but in leaving, you may have left the best games of the tourney so far. It seems like everyday I am talking about the best game I have seen thus far, but I guess that is because as we get farther and farther into the tournament, we are going to see better and better games.  Last night I witnessed the longest game I have ever seen since I have been working

  • By Lonny Lovins We are well into day 4, and we have had a flurry of championship games.  Most of them have been really competitive, with a few needing extra time to be decided.  We also had a couple of divisions finish last night. Let's start with last night's action.  The San Diego Rockets, and the Colorado Stallions played in the Atom Platinum Final.  This was one of the best games I have seen in awhile.  I will go into full detail in my overall write up at the end of the tournament, but

  • By Lonny Lovins I am fresh off of the floor again from my refereeing shift, and today had an even better start than yesterday.   The Mites got us kicked off with a 6-5 thriller in which the Colorado Stallions edged out the Katios team from Colombia.  It was an intense game from the drop of the puck to the final buzzer.  A lot of open rink play, and nice passing.  Hopefully these teams get to meet again somewhere down the line, so that they can give us another showdown. I also got to take a l

  • By Lonny Lovins I got the opportunity to referee a few games this morning. I like getting out on the floor, because it always gives me a good perspective on how the tournament is going for the players, coaches and fans.   The hockey was a lot of fun to watch this morning, as I got to see the Atoms, Mites, and Squirts play.  The little kids were playing really well, and most of the games were very competitive.  The Silver division is always fun, because the level of play differs so much from

  • By: Lonny Lovins The early afternoon storm brought with it a fair amount of thunder and lightning, but it was nothing compared to what our skills competitions brought throughout the day.   I have been working with NARCh long enough to have seen almost everything, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how many kids signed up for the skills competitions.  The skills competition is still one of my favorite things to watch, and I am not embarrassed to admit that I snuck out to the floor to watch

  • By Lonny Lovins We worked late into the evening last night, putting the finishing touches on all three rinks.  We take a lot of pride in making sure that we put on a great event, and it took a strong team effort to make sure that everything was ready.   There is a lot of excitement about the drone camera capability, and I look forward to seeing how it will translate into the overall production of the games.  If it looks as good as it did during testing, it is going to look amazing when you se

  • We had a great wrap up to our regional season, with an exciting tournament in Mississauga.  We had some fun back and forth blog banter with our counterparts at other tournaments, and we came out smelling like roses.  Every time we come to Mississauga, we see a lot of talent.  A lot of these teams will be making the trip to Florida, so it was good to see what we are going to be in store for down there.  Phil Nolan, the head of the Mississauga Mission Rattlers, feels his top teams have a good

  • by Alex Morrison   This was a weekend of extremes in the Philly suburb of Broomall, especially temperature wise, as our final qualifier of the season comes to a close.  Friday started off with torrential rain showers, Saturday greeted us with cool weather, and the final Sunday brought on sweltering heat, bringing the rink well above 90 degrees.  We were able to put a full day of games in Sunday, working past 5pm, as our friends up north spent their half day at the arena, eventually gettin

  • By Lonny Lovins The games are flying up here, as we get ready to head into our first final of the weekend.  The two teams meeting for the Mite crown, The Oakville Coyotes and the Mississauga Mission Rattlers, met earlier today in a spectacular round robin game.  The Oakville Coyotes pulled off a big win in the 11-10 barn burner.  We expect the championship game to be just as exciting. The Men's/Jr. Division is providing a lot of strong play as well.  While the cream of the crop is going to b

  • by Alex Morrison   We have been at it here at Marple Sports arena for almost 12 hours now, arriving at the rink a couple hours early this morning to get everything set up, as our gear from the Pittsburgh regional last week didn't get in until quite late last night.  The good news for Mike Vickerman and I is that we are healthy and able to get through these long days with no complaints, eh.  I know that it is sometimes tough to survive the long NARCh regional season, but us veterans know h

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