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  • By: Lonny Lovins I still have goosebumps from watching the playoffs and the finals for Pro today.  For a little while I felt like a kid again.  Watching the games where I knew a great deal of the players, feeling a bit of their anguish, and also their elation.  Having been in all of their shoes before, but never playing for such high stakes makes it all that more intense to watch. The Black Ice team started out in a rough patch, winning a close game, then dropping their next two.  They playe

  • By Lonny Lovins The first semi-final of the day had the upstart Black Ice kids playing against Next Gen.  Next Gen were a lot of people's odds on favorite to win the whole tournament, since they combine smooth passing, quick transition and high scoring.  There was a lot of smooth passing, and good transitions, but the scoring came up a little short.  For the second game in a row, Black Ice played incredibly strong defensively, and their goaltender, who has been growing feet out of his skull,

  • By Lonny Lovins I got the pleasure of watching the Pro quarterfinals this morning, and they were amazing.  Every game was good, with teams going for the big win, all the way till the end.  There was no slowing the game down and sitting behind the net, thanks to our referees making sure that teams were moving forward with the puck.  This created a lot more action, and evened the playing field throughout the tournament. Our first quarterfinal featured the 9th seeded Black Ice team, against the

  • By Jeremy EllisDay number 2 of the 2014 NARCh Pro division has come to an end and that means that this whirlwind of 3 day action has entered playoff mode.  Seventeen teams entered into the fray yesterday knowing that only 9 would play more than the scheduled 4 games.  Some teams were just trying to make it in while others were more concerned with what seed they would end up with.With 9 playoff teams, having the number 1 seed has distinct advantages.  They go against a team that has played an

  • By Lonny Lovins I know this blog is coming out a little later than they normally do, but that is because I had to wait for the Pee Wee Platinum Division to seed.  This division was amazing, with every team within 2 points of one another.  With 7 teams in the division, and only 4 able to make the playoffs, spots were at a premium.  In the end, we had 1 team with 5 points, 5 teams with 4 points, and 1 team with 3 points.  We had to go to least goals against as a tie breaker to decide which oth

  • By Jeremy Ellis Rolling into Thursday July 24, 2014 and excitement is in the air.  All of the top guns have been rolling into the Germain Arena and that means one thing; NARCh Pro starts today! The best roller hockey players in the world have converged on Florida to seek fame and glory.  The annual ritual is one that this sport’s community looks forward to every year.  While other events have Pro divisions, the one that takes place every year at NARCh is the biggest and the best. The Missio

  • By Lonny Lovins  The Platinum teams have moved in and taken over the tournament, and the action has never been faster.  The way that these kids move the puck and think on the fly is amazing.  The D-1 teams are well into their playoffs as well, as we have both of our semi-final games set and ready to go in a couple of hours.  Our Bantam Platinum Division is as close as any division I have ever seen.  Most of the teams have played their third game, and there isn’t winless team, or

  • By: Lonny Lovins  The Gold Division, Men’s Gold, Men’s Silver, and Men’s Bronze all wrapped up over the last couple of days.  There were a lot of good games, both in the round robin play, and in the playoffs, with three of our championship games going to overtime.  I will give the divisional breakdown, and walk through the final games.  Squirt Gold Division - The Squirt Gold Division was tightly fought, with only two mercies being recorded during round robin play.  The seeding

  • By: Lonny Lovins I am back in my black NARCh polo today, after being off the last couple of days.  I was on a playing hiatus, and I have to admit, I had some of the most fun I have ever had playing hockey.  Since I was off duty, I got to watch a lot more hockey, and interact with a lot more players than normal, and the consensus that I got from everyone, is that they were having a great time.   The playoff games were really tight, with most of the games being decided by a couple goals or les

  • By Jeremy Ellis “Playoffs??  Playoffs?? I just hope we can win another game.”  -Jim Mora Well, day 10 of the 2014 NARCh Finals is underway here at the Germain Arena and we are smack dab in the middle of Adult division playoffs.  We rounded out the final games of regulation play last night and under took the task of seeding 40 teams combined throughout the men’s divisions.  When the dust finally settled, 23 teams woke up this morning with playoff games on their to-do list. The Gold divi

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