As predicted the Mite Silver final couldn’t get any closer. The game remained scoreless until the 2:28 mark in the first. That’s when Jojo Berni from the Ducks dangled around two defenseman and got off a great shot. Momentum goalie Carson Dahl made an amazing save, but number 71 Simon Duda was right there for the rebound and sniped it top shelf. The score would stay that way for the remainder of the game as the Ducks took home the title.
In the Gold Championship it looked as if we would have another upset. The Blast 2002’s came out on fire scoring four unanswered goals until the 4:20 mark. That’s when Andrew Cook from the Blast 2001 decided he had had enough and sniped one past Chase Christopher. Three minutes later he would do it again, and then Dominic Tocco got in on the action and put one in with 1:04 remaining in the period. With :10 left in the first, Tyler Culleton from the 02’s buried one and the first half would end 02’s five, 01’s three. In the next half the 01’s Opened the flood gates and scored five unanswered goals by four different skaters and left with the Gold medals.
In the Squirt Silver final the Inferno from Tennessee would take on the Blast 2001, who are playing up a division. The Blast are very talented, and the top team in the Mite division in this tournament. It started out as if it was going to be an evenly matched game, with the Inferno up by only two at the end of the first period.
Jackson Sterrett from the Inferno would add three goals and one assist, and Ian McCollum would also add two goals to carry the Inferno to Gold Medals. Bryce Pierce and Josh Herrell also would contribute with two points each, while Myles Conlley would pitch the shut out.
The Gold final had the Dawgs taking on the Blast and at the end of one, it looked as if the Dawgs had no chance as they were down three to zero. The second half was a different story as the Dawgs stormed back and had tied it up by the eight minute mark, and then the battle began. Every time the Blast scored, the Dawgs would answer right back. The game would be tied with one minute left and that’s when Bud Winter from the Blast would get the go ahead goal, and then Van Kraemer would get the empty netter to seal the deal and the Blast came away with the Gold.
The Tour Blast rolled over the Coast 2 Coast Parker team in the Pee Wee Silver championship. The Coast 2 Coast didn’t plan on being in the Championship but the Wildcats were worried about getting back to Tennessee in a timely matter especially after the unexpected seven hour trip it took to get here.
The Coast 2 Coast Momentum however put on quite a show in the first period of the Pee Wee Gold Championship with great puck control and composure. The Nationals did put up a good battle but the chemistry of the Momentum was just to much and would take Gold with a score of six to two.
The Blast Black took the third seed in the Bantam division and would face off against the second seed Coast 2 Coast 96. In round robin play Coast 2 Coast handled Blast Black fairly easy, beating them eight to two. Well when in playoffs it’s a different game. The Blast 95 got on the board first with a goal from Kyle Filiput with 4:57 left in the first, and would that’s how the period would end. The Blast Black regrouped and just over 6 minutes into the second would get the tying goal from Gavin Schimph. They would battle back and forth, both with some great opportunities and with 1:52 left in the game number 29 Tyler Skaggs would get the go ahead goal for the Blast Black and the upset was complete.
In the final the Black Blast were simply outmatched. Coast 2 Coast 96 dominated from the drop of the puck and Took home Gold by a score of six to zero. Number eighty eight Beau Roberts lead Coast 2 Coast with three goals and one assist. Austin Ressequie also added had two goals in the contest.
Playing up in the Midget division the Coast 2 Coast 96’s went undefeated, but would almost get stopped by Coast 2 Coast in the playoffs. It was a close game and the 96’s won by a score of two to one.
The Tour Blast 95’s beat out the Falcons in the other semifinal and would face off against the Coast 2 Coast 95’s for the Gold title.
Goaltender David Farley, who won the Top Goaltender award the game before in the Bantam division, would continue his great play and stop all of the Blast 95’s 23 shots.
Paul O’Conner, John Waring, and Hunter Saunders had the goals of the game, while Brycon Johnson had two assists, and the Coast 2 Coast 96’s took home yet another Gold Medal.
Despite the Rain, Hail, and Tornados the tournament was a success. I saw a lot of great young talent here, and I’m looking forward to see how a few of these teams do at Nationals in San Jose, In particular Brycon Johnson and the Coast 2 Coast 96’s. Brycon’s knowledge of the game, speed, and unbelievable hands makes him a threat to any team he faces. There are a handful of other teams here that I feel would do well at Nationals. I guess we will have to wait and see if there up for the challenge.