This weekend we visited one of our favorite rinks, the 949 Roller Hockey Center in sunny Southern California. Every division from 6u cubs to pro took place and after 177 action-packed games we crowned 16 different champions. Here’s how the weekend played out.
The Pro Division consisted of 4 teams, Las Vegas Tour Rebels, Revision Vanquish, Mission Axiom, and Hockeymonkey.com (formerly the HB Ducks). It was a very balanced division as no team would win all of their round robin games and no team went without a win. Both semis would also be great games, as Mission Axiom defeated Vanquish 5-3 and Hockeymonkey got past the Rebels 4-3. Mission is coming off a big cash win in Hawaii where they were celebrating exactly two weeks ago to the day. They would also have reason to celebrate today, as they would go on to win a second consecutive title by the final of 4-2. #19 Taylor Kane played very well in Hawaii and carried that momentum into this one, scoring two of the four goals in the final for Mission.
Four 6 and under cub teams delighted the fans today with some impressive play. Since the snow cones after the game are as important as the outcome of the game, it’s always fun to have the cubs in action. In the championship it came down to the 949 Anarchy and Silicon Valley Quakes. These two teams played to a one goal game in the prelims, so we expected a good championship as well. #91 Jimmy Mastrosimone was a little too much for the Quakes in this one, as he had 4 goals and the Anarchy win gold for the home rink, 8-4.
Six teams would compete in our 8 and under atom division. The Summer Wildcats and Tour Raw Steel would win two games and tie each other in the prelims. 949 Anarchy and Raw Steel had a great game in the playoffs that Raw Steel would pull out 8-7 in over time to face the Wildcats once again for the AA Championship. In the final Raw Steel had a tough time containing #33 Zakary Karpa, as he had 5 goals and the Wildcats won the title by a final of 8-5.
The atom single-A championship would come down to the two teams that traveled the furthest to play, the Delta River Rats from Antioch and the Las Vegas Tour Rebels. #33 for the River Rats, Dominic Hofferber (AKA Boogie) scored a hat trick in the championship and the River Rats would take home the gold.
8 teams rounded out our mite division and Rink Rat Mission CA 2000 was the cream of the crop. They only allowed 3 goals against the whole tournament, zero once they hit the playoffs. The Groove from Arizona defeated the Puckhogs 4-2 in the semi to face Rink Rat in the AA Championship, but they just couldn’t penetrate the tough defense. This is a very balanced team, evident by the 4 different goal scorers in championship. Rink Rat Mission CA would take the championship by a final of 4-0.
In the Single A Division we had two close semi finals with 949 Anarchy defeating AKS 5-3 and Tour Raw Steel White defeating the Las Vegas Tour Rebels 4-3. In the first game of the event these two matched up in a great battle that would end 7-6 with Anarchy coming out on top. In the championship is was not quite as close this time, as the Anarchy went on to gold over Tour Raw Steel White by a final of 8-3.
The squirt division was our only odd-number division with 9 teams, and for that reason they would play 4 preliminary games. The West Covina High Rollers and Revision Vanquish ’99’s would both win 3 games and tie each other to grab the top two seeds. They would face each other once again in the AA Championship. This would also be a good game but the Vanquish seemed to keep possession of the puck and control the pace of play. As a result they would also find the back of the net a few more times than the High Rollers and would take the championship 3-1.
14 teams competed in the peewee division. We split the division into the top 6 and bottom 8 after the 3 preliminary games. Tour Raw Steel ’96 Black would grab the overall #1 seed winning their first 3 games and only giving up 2 goals in the process. They would have continued success in the playoffs as they defeated the Revision Vanquish ‘97’s in the semifinal. Coming out of the other semi was the Revision Vanquish ’96 squad who defeated the Tour Outcasts ’96 to give them their only loss of the tourney. The championship was an evenly matched game with scoring chances both ways, but the discipline and patients of the Raw Steel would prevail in this one, as they went on to victory by a final of 3-1.
Coming out of the Single A Division was the Nor Cal Elite and Eschelon to meet for the championship. This was also a great game that would come down to the wire. It was tied 2-2 until #18 Matt Swanson would score the go ahead goal that would prove to be the game winner. It was Matt’s 2nd of the game and the Elite would head back up Highway 5 with gold, 3-2.
The bantam division was the same size as the peewee division with 14 teams and we witnessed a ton of great bantam games throughout the weekend. Tour Raw Steel Yellow grabbed the overall #1 seed but fell just short in the semifinal to the Nor Cal Elite Brown in overtime, 4-3. It was Elite’s second straight OT Win, as they got past the Outcasts 94’s in their first playoff game, 3-2. They would face Mission/Bauer ’94 in the AA Championship after they defeated the Las Vegas Tour Rebels in their semifinal. The championship game was fast paced and the Nor Cal Elite had plenty of scoring chances, but Mission/Bauer’s goalie Holden Melgoza was full of answers and Mission/Bauer won the gold by a final of 5-1.
For the Single A Final the Bender Blades would get past Nor Cal Elite White and Labeda XDH Armada would defeat the West Covina High Rollers to set up the final. The Bender Blades jumped out to a 4-1 lead but Labeda XDH Armada would battle back and make it a game. The Bender Blades #13 Garrett Vincent scored his second goal of the game for the Blades and that proved to be the game winner, as they went on to victory by a final of 5-4.
The 10 team midget division was also a very balanced one. The RBK Jr Ducks Orange would grab the #1 seed with 3 wins, but their victories were by the scores of 5-3, 6-3, and 4-1. They would defeat the Raw Steel Black Team in the semi, which is actually a very talented bantam team playing up. In the other semi the Rink Rat Mission Team would battle hard with the Outcasts ‘92’s, but fell short 3-2 to set up the final. The Outcasts lost to the Ducks 5-3 in the preliminary round, but as the cliché’ goes it’s hard to beat a good team twice in a row. The Outcasts would prevail in the rematch by a final of 3-1.
The Midget A Division saw the Outcasts 93’s get past the Bandits Hockey Club 5-3, and the Revision Devil Dogs came from behind to defeat the West Covina High Rollers 5-4 in the semifinals. I’m not quite sure what the reason was for such a lopsided victory in this final as both teams played close games all tourney until this game. This championship would be all Devil Dogs from start to finish, as they easily took care of the Outcasts 93’s, 9-1.
We combined the Junior and Men’s Division to give us an 8-team division. The Las Vegas Tour Rebels would grab the #1 seed and face Saddleback College in the AA semifinal. They would go on to win that game 5-2 and face the Spray who defeated the Red Army in the other semi, 3-2. The Rebels are a strong Junior squad and really took it to the short handed Spray in the championship, taking the title in a lopsided affair. #80 Chris Francis had 4 goals for the Rebels in the championship.
The Single A Championship would be a little closer, as it would match up the LA Dragons Platinum vs the LA Dragons Silver. The Dragons program has come a long way in a fairly short time and have been playing in every NARCh Event that they can. In this inner club battle the LA Dragons Platinum team took this final by a score of 6-4 and have their sights set on the men’s platinum championship in Florida.
If you played in this event and had fun, don’t forget we have one last So Cal Tournament in Escondido on June 3rd-5th. We hope to see you there!