PJ Kavaya provides the OT heroics and gives AKS their first Finals victory.
Through the regional season I got to see most of the Mission AKS Empire. When all the guys get together for a regional event its not only great hockey, its fun. Pat is always there with “the whistle”. These guys wore fake mustaches at the Escondido regional a month ago and won it in dramatic fashon, no pun intended. These guys played a phenominal tournament and overcame so much, including OT a couple of times. They play year after year and get close. They have won regionals, Winternationals and now the ultimate win, Finals. They deserve it!
Midget Platinum playoffs were going as well and man were these good too. FTB (MI) were the top seed and move easily into the Semi’s as did the Colorado Kodiaks. The Mission Black Ice 92′s had a good tournament and were looking to better things by going all the way. The Tour Excitement 92′s had to play an extra session with the Tour Outcast ’92 squad in the quarters but got the golden goal to move ahead. FTB played well enough to get past a tough Kodiak team 2-1 and reach the final tomorrow. The battle of ’92 squads was another close call as the Excitement not only took it 3-2, but we can now say the leap by Excitement coach George Brown is now patented.
Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam Skills were exciting and all the games in each division have been awesome to watch. Platinum is always a pleasure to be a part of and its my favorite time of year. They always have that pick-me-up feeling. The long days where most need coffee, I need to watch a platinum playoff game. Each team is now watching the boards and seeing how each will look heading into the playoff rounds soon.
Junior Platnium is just getting started, Girls and Womens division are on the move tomorrow. NARCh Pro also starts tomorrow so keep an eye on the schedule and check that out!! Men’s Platinum and 35 and over are also up soon too. I can’t believe there’s only a few days left!!