It’s day 2 here at East Coast Winters. We saw a lot of great action yesterday and our lone championship was in the 6u cub division where the Gladiators defeated the Dreamsports Dragons White in a high scoring affair, 13-5.
We’re seeding atoms this morning to see who is going to fall in the gold and silver championships. Momentum is huge in hockey, but at this age it’s so big that it sometimes leaves you scratching your head, which is what I was doing this morning. Primetime Dragons Red was 2-0 going into today and looked like the team to beat. Dragons White lost solidly yesterday to the Tour Roadrunners, who the Dragons Red also beat. Today is a different day and the Dragons White defeated the Dragons Red to throw a real wrench in the seeding. 3 teams would be tied with 2 wins and a loss, so despite their great effort this morning the Dragons White will drop to the silver championship to face the Marple Gladiators, while the Dragons Red and Tour Roadrunners will battle it out for gold.
In mites both the BIRR and Carolina Force are undefeated after 2 games. I didn’t get a chance to see much of the BIRR yesterday, but I did watch the Force and they look incredibly balanced and strong.
In squirts the Black Dragons and TC 2000 are both cruising with perfect records through their first two games. Peewees have also played two games so far, and it’s the Raleigh Speed and Tour Roadrunners 99/98s with perfect records.
Black Ice looks super strong with all of their older teams, as none of them have lost a game in bantams, midgets, or juniors.
The men’s division has been great to watch and it’s our largest division of the tournament with 10 teams competing. Each team has played 2 games so far. We’ve seen a few close games, and even two ties, but also a few blowouts. This division will be split into gold and silver playoffs after their third game, then at that point it’s win or go home. The Alkali Assault White and Alkai Asylum look like the cream of the crop, as both cruised to easy victories in their first two games. The Tour Roadrunners Black and Alkali Impulse also look solid, but they faced each other the first game and tied 1-1. They will need to win their 3rd game and a little bit of help to remain up in the gold division for playoffs.
Today is going to be absolutely slamming with 10 championship games taking place. In about 14 hours we’ll have a lot of questions answered and you can check out all of the championship pictures on our Facebook page, NARCh Players.
Last but not least, we’d like to congratulate long time NARCh Player Pat Maroon on scoring his first NHL Goal last night for the Anaheim Ducks against the Nashville Predators. He knotted the game at 2-2 with a nice tip-in and the Ducks went on to win in a shootout. We wish the Big Dog all the best and hopefully it’s the first of many goals to come in the SHOW.