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  • The 16u Bantam Division was our largest of the event with 24 teams, which is larger than some complete tournaments. Making it to the top of platinum for our championship game were the Raiders Yellow and Militia Black.  We had some unbelievable games, especially through the playoffs.  To get to the platinum championship the Raider defeated the San Jose Inline Sharks in overtime, then the Revision Revolution 01 in a shootout!  I didn’t see the whole championship game, but definitely caught th

  • By Anthony Falette  The midget championships took place last night, with the platinum title up for grabs first.   We’ve had many playoff upsets but not in the midget's top division, as the preliminary top seeds #1 seed Konixx Outcast and #2 seed HB Groove would meet for the title.Scoring began with a turn over breakaway goal by Hunter Tillotson of HB Groove at the half way point of the first half.  There were chances at both ends of the rink, but score stayed tied at 2-2 at the end of reg

  • We’re already crowning champions in some divisions and will be deep into the playoffs by late tonight in many others.  The 10 team squirt division was the first to wrap up and it didn’t lack excitement.  Both gold semi finals took overtime to find winners.  The Revision Revolution 03 defeated the Pama Cyclones 03/04 3-2 on an overtime breakaway and the Revision Vanquish and High Rollers needed a shootout to determine who would advance to the championship.  The Vanquish would take the sho

  • Friday is flying by here in Irvine and I just thought I’d take a moment and share a few of the more memorable moments I’ve witnessed. First game of the event had one of the nicest goals I’ve seen in a while.  Raiders Yellow had a 1-goal lead on the High Rollers, 5-4 with less than a minute to go.  High Rollers pulled their goalie applying tons of pressure with the extra man advantage.  With 12 seconds remaining #88 Logan Corrigan pulled one of the sickest Michigan’s I’ve ever seen.

  • Kicking off a tourney on a Thursday Afternoon is not the norm, but there are a lot of things that aren’t typical with the Irvine Qualifier, in a good way.  268 games will be played over the next 4 days with 40 of the 120 teams traveling a distance to compete.  It honestly feels a lot like a condensed NARCh FINALS.  At least a telling preview.  At one point we will be using the 3 rinks at Huntington as well as the 3 rinks here.  While it’s a bit of a logistical juggle, it was the only wa

  • by Alex Morrison After a long cross country flight, and an obligatory stop at Primanti Brothers, Connor and I rolled into our hotel at about 1:30am.  The 7am alarm (4am our time) wasn't the most pleasing sound ever, but it got the job done, getting us up and ready for today's event in Mount Pleasant, PA, about 1 hour southeast of Pittsburgh.  We opened the curtains and looked out to see nothing but blue skies and an absolutely gorgeous day. We were excited as we pulled up to the rink, seeing t

  • I haven’t been this facility in a few years and it’s great to be back this weekend.  I have good memories of this place, especially when we hosted Winternationals here a few times a few years back.  There has been an ownership and name change but the new GM Tracie Carlson and her staff have been awesome to work with and super friendly. We’ve got a great mix of teams that traveled in this weekend from Georgia, Virginia, and even the Cayman Islands.  This tournament is heavier on the youn

  • By Nick Boyarsky This weekend’s Huntington Beach event saw an upset or two, a few blowouts, and many extremely hard fought battles.   Here are a few games that stood out to me. In the Men’s Gold Final Red Army looked to have things in hand with a 5-2 lead over South Coast Savage.  The Savage rallied late to tie it 5-5 at the end of regulation.  Nobody would score in overtime so we would go to a shootout, which is a format we only use for ties in the regionals.  The South Coast Savage wo

  • BY Nick Boyarsky I’m no stranger to being in the building from the first puck drop to the final whistle at a 3 day NARCh qualifier, but this is the first time I haven’t done it coaching 10 teams. This go around I’m spending my Friday to Sunday at The Rinks HB wearing a NARCh polo shirt, and manning the registration table checking 60+ teams into the event. After today, I have a whole new appreciation for the person on the other side of that table all those years I was walking up with my slo

  • By Nick Boyarsky Here in Orange County, it’s time to shove the ice hockey bag to the back of the garage because for the next few months it’s ROLLER HOCKEY SEASON! As things start ramping up at The Rinks Hunting Beach, players and parents alike couldn’t be happier to see the wheels back under the feet along with the excitement of another first class NARCh event! This first of three So. Cal NARCh qualifiers features over 60 teams forging their path to the 2016 NARCh West Finals in June and E

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