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  • By Lonny Lovins  We are sprinting to the finish here in Irvine, after a delayed start to our morning.  We had a little condensation drip onto the floor, which made us start a little late.  Thanks to the amazing staff here at the Rinks, we were up and going with minimal delay.  On that note, I have to say, that the staff here in Irvine is some of the best that we have to work with.  They are always there at a moment’s notice to help with any issues that we have.  They have a top notch

  • By: Lonny Lovins  It’s a hasty start to the morning here in Irvine, and the weather seems to be in check at the moment.  Daryn was just remarking at how fast it seems this tournament is moving, and I couldn’t agree more.  It is weird to think that in a few minutes time, we will have some teams that are already out of the tournament.  With 22 teams in the PeeWee division, the seeding was wild.  Some of the teams that didn’t make the gold playoff were upset, but there were too many

  • By Lonny Lovins  The Beach Boys are playing over the speakers, and everyone is wearing sandals (even in the rain), I must be back in Southern California.  We are off and running in Irvine, and despite the rain, the floors have stayed dry so far, and the hockey has been non-stop.A few of the teams started last night, to free up travel time for our hockey birds to fly in from everywhere else in the Southwest.  The games last night were a lot of fun, as the Midgets, and PeeWees got going.  

  • By Lonny Lovins  NARCh wrapped up another regional in San Jose in stylish fashion.  The tournament ran like a well oiled machine, as we stayed on time throughout most of it, and the games were a lot of fun to watch.  People didn’t come here to see me write about the logistics though, so we will get right down to the hockey.  ATOM DIVISION - The Atom division featured four rival teams from the area, who always seem to produce good hockey players.  For the Atom Gold championship, we

  • By: Lonny Lovins  It is about midway through the day here in San Jose, and since the Sharks have graciously decided to leave the Spring time hockey to the kids, we are seeing our best bay area hockey being played here at the Silver Creek Sportsplex.The best game of the day was turned in first thing this morning, as the Delta River Rats and the NCR Tour Elite tangled.  It is impressive to watch how the Squirts play.  They are disciplined, and driven, and they are able to do things with the

  • By Lonny Lovins: As we wrapped up Winternationals in San Jose this year, it gave me a lot of time to reflect over the weekend we had had.  I can’t remember this many final games going to overtime, and I can’t remember the competition being so close in general.It is a testament to the sport, that teams are becoming more competitive, and the games are becoming closer.  It means that the game is evolving in all areas, and teams are taking it more seriously. It seems that the days are gone wh

  • By Lonny Lovins We have seen a bunch of great games today, both in the playoffs and the finals.  Jeremy Ellis' recap from this morning gave you a little taste of what we have been seeing so far, and I will provide you with highlights of the action as we head into the night. Our first Pro Semifinal featured the Tour Mudcats and the Rink Rat Outcasts.  The Mudcats rolled through round robin play, barely giving up any goals on their way to an easy first seed.  The Rink Rat Outcasts had to work a

  • By Lonny Lovins This is what happens when Sharks meet Cyclones for the gold medal! Bad movies aside, the Cub final was amazing, and was played between the San Jose InlineSharks and the Mission Cyclones. The script for this game couldn’t have been written anybetter, even if it was written in Hollywood. The Cyclones and Sharks were mixing it up throughout the game, and the Cyclones weregetting the best of it, as they jumped out to an early lead. A few minutes later in the first period, the Shark

  • By Jeremy Ellis It is almost noon here at the Silvercreek Sportsplex and I am excited to get my 2015 NARCh season underway.  My flight in from Chicago landed at 10pm last night and I immediately came to the rink to help put a bow on Day one of this season.  To say the rink was abuzz at that late hour would be an understatement!  The fans were out in full force to root on their heroes in Bantam and Men’s division action as the calendar turned to Saturday as we dropped the puck into the wee h

  • By Lonny Lovins   As we get ready to head out for the night, I want to reflect on a great start to our tournament so far.  There has been a lot of action, and a lot of great games, but one stands out in my mind. The Pro Division is supposed to provide the best action, and throughout the day it did not disappoint.  One of the best games of the day was brought to us by the Rink Rat Outcasts and the Puckfit Indians.  The Indians are comprised of the old guard, and some young bucks that were

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