Chicago, Ill – Over 100 players took the floor this past weekend in the Windy city as MLRH’s north division’s teams met once again in the full check MLRH2, league, the elite AAA league, and the minor AA program. Twelve games were played in total and here are the highlights:
The North division had the opportunity to see two of the top players in the world play, with 2009 IIHF Team USA silver medalist teammates, Pat Lee from the Mission Syndicate, a home town favorite of the Chicago Roller Snakes, and Itan Chavira from the LA Pama Cyclones, playing on the Michigan Thunder. This was the first appearance of the season for both players and they did not disappoint the crowd of 200 onlookers watching anxiously. Lee helped his team clinch another overtime win against the Detroit Revolution on Saturday night. Chavira, powered up the Thunder to help them prove that they will be a contender in the future. Both players met face-to-face Sunday in a high scoring game.
When Lee and Chavira faced off on Sunday their coaches attempted to match them up against each other as much as possible. Lee and Chavira had numerous chances to show their stuff to the crowd’s delight and “walked” through the opposing team numerous times.
Steve Tomszack(#29), Chicago’s goaltender, was on fire and robbed Chavira repeatedly as Itan shook his head, looking at his stick blade as if to say, “What do I have to do to get a goal ?”. Being the tremendous team player he is, and recognizing he was falling short to a hot goaltender, Itan, did only what a talent player of his caliber could do, he focus on setting up his teammates for some incredible goals. The final score ended in a 9-5 Chicago victory.
Chicago and Detroit met in the “AAA” division and gave the crowd something to cheer about as Neal Gerber (#26) of the Snakes was on fire, scoring 5 of his teams 6 goals. Gerber got the game winner as he broke the 4-4 stalemate and with less than two minutes left in regulation he added his final goal of the game which was an empty netter from well inside his teams zone to the crowd’s delight.
The DC Filibusters have been slipping under the radar and are going to be a force to be reckoned with when playoffs begin. The DC team has been winning a majority of their games, and most teams who have been underestimating their skill and the work ethic of the team. DC could become the dark horse in MLRH when the playoffs begin. Look for them to make an aggressive move on the playoffs at their home Festival, March 13th and 14th.