NARCh in Colorado can only mean one thing…great hockey. This weekend did not disappoint. 32 teams played in 6 divisions for the coveted title of NARCh champions. Here’s how the weekend played out:
Our Mite divisions had three teams playing 4 round robin games apiece. The Kodiaks Black and Kodiaks Green made their way to the championship game. The Kodiaks Black are a strong team and they had their way with the Green squad. They are led by #34, Lucas Sandoval and their goalie, #2 Austin Strom, the division’s top scorer and top goalie. Austin pitched a shutout and Lucas added one goal and three assists to give the Kodiaks Black an 8-0 victory.
Squirt division had 8 teams playing with the top four moving into the AA playoffs and the bottom four into the A playoffs. In the Squirt A final it was the it was the Talons against the Kodiaks 99. The Kodiaks opened the scoring with three straight goals by #25, Brody Medeiros . The Talons added two to start the second half by # 18, Rafe White and #11, Mac Campbell. The Kodiaks then broke it open and scored the next four ending the game. Final score 7-2. In the AA final it was the top seeded Crash Test Dummies against the Kodiaks 98. The Kodiaks got off to a great start with 2 early goals by #66, Christian Perry. The lead would hold for most of the first half until #19, Tony Salazar scored for the Dummies. They would also add one early in the second half when Salazar would get his second. With a little more than three minutes left The Dummies would take a penalty to put the Kodiaks on the power play. The Kodiaks capitalized as Christian Perry would complete the hat trick. The Kodiaks held on for the 3-2 win.
In PeeWee we had six teams playing with the top two advancing to the AA final and the bottom four in the single A semi-finals. In the Single A semis it was the Supreme and the Crash Test Dummies advancing to the final. The AA final was the Colorado Reebok Wolverines against the Kodiaks Green. The first half was an even game with each team scoring one goal. In the second half it was #89 from the Wolverines Mel Perea who provided the scoring. He had three goals and added an assist. The division’s top goalie, Dominic Gomezz stopped 21 of 23 shots to give the Wolverines the win by the score of 5-2. In the single A final the Supreme jumped out quick and never looked back. They scored early and often shutting out the Crash Test Dummies by the score of 8-0.
We had seven teams playing in Bantam playing four round robin games. The top two seeds advanced to the AA final and the third and fourth seeds competing for the single A championship. The single A final matched the Wolverines against the RMR Raptors. The Wolverines got on the board first with a tally from #4, Jeremy Glass. A minute later they added another goal to put them up 2-0. The Raptors answered back less than two minutes later when #8, Aaron Green put one past the goalie. After another Raptor score the teams headed to halftime dead locked at two. It wasn’t until a little over two minutes left that the tie was broken when #21, Christian Styles gave the Wolverines the lead. They added an empty netter to seal the win by the score of 4-2. The AA final would have the Tour Stealth and the Kodiaks. These teams know each other well and tied their round robin game earlier today. The Stealth scored first five minutes in when #8, Cody Bovee put one past the goalie. A few minutes later #16 of the Kodiaks, Michael Ellis scored to even the score. The Kodiaks took over in the second half with Michael Ellis putting two more home and adding a sweet pass on the other goal. The Kodiaks win by the score of 5-1.
The Midget had four teams competing. This was a very tough division with no team going undefeated through round robin. The semifinals were both close games with the Tour Stealth and the Kodiaks advancing narrowly. The final had the top seed Kodiaks facing the #2 seed Stealth. The Stealth opened the scoring a minute and a half into the contest. They added another when #18, Shawn Anderson lit the lamp. The Kodiaks answered back with two of their own as #33, Kirk Van Arkel tallied twice. The half would end 3-3. The Stealth’s Jeff Rampella, #19 scored in the opening minute of the second half to take some wind out of the Kodiaks. They added two more to seal the win. Final score 6-3.
The Jr/Men’s division had four teams this weekend. Each team made the playoff bracket and it was Team Padrino’s and Cloud 9 that prevailed in their respective semifinal games. The final was a high scoring affair. #5, Blake Page led the way for Padrino’s tallying two goals and six assists in the final. Cloud 9 gave a great effort but in the end it was Team Padrino’s with the victory by the score of 11-5.
We at NARCh would like to thank everyone for playing this weekend…especially the Moms! Another weekend is over which means we are one week closer to Estero. We hope to see you all in Florida.