This weekend the NARCh Regional Qualifier took place at Dreamsports Center in Apex, North Carolina. 29 teams competed in 64 games. The facility was rocking while we were witnesses to some dramatic finishes. Here’s how the divisions played out:
6 Teams battled it out in the mite division. The Dreamsports Dragons and Team Carolina 2000 would go undefeated until they would meet each other for the AA Championship. The Dragons came ready to play in this one, in control from start to finish. Team Carolina is very talented, but they couldn’t contain #88 Andrew Bettner, who had four goals in the final, as the Dragons won by a margin of 8-1.
The Mite A Division matched up two teams that tied in the prelims, the Speed and the Columbia Cyclones. The Cyclones had a thin roster and the deeper Speed took advantage, pressing the pace of play and controlling possession. #87 Alex Straughn had a hat trick and the Speed was in cruise control in this one, winning 9-4.
We also had a 6 team squirt division that saw only one team get through their first 3 games undefeated, and that was Team Carolina. Team Snogard ran into a speed bump with a tie against, you guessed it…….the Speed. Even with that, it would be Snogard and Team Carolina in the squirt AA finale’. Snogard got out to the early lead, up 3-2 at half. TC owned the second half though, outscoring Snogard 4-1. #20 Colby Peterson had a big game with 4 goals, and Team Carolina won 7-3. Snogard (pronounced snawgard) is Dragons backwards in case you’re wondering.
The Single A title game would match up Speed and Dreamsports Dragons White. They faced off against each other in the first game of the tourney and it ended in a tie. This one would also come down to the wire. Jacob Aponte scored with just 3 minutes remaining for the Dragons to tie it. He had the hot-hand and also found the back of the net with just 36 seconds left for the game winner on a nice pass from Buddy Barritt.
The Peewee Division was our largest for the weekend with 8 teams competing. After the preliminary round the top division semifinals included Team Carolina ’96 squaring off against a talented Dreamsports Dragons Red squirt team playing up, and Team Playmaker vs the Revision Revolution. Team Carolina handled the Dragons and it took overtime before the Revolution to get past Team Playmaker. Bryce Peterson had 2 goals and an assist in the championship and Team Carolina defeated the Revision Revolution 5-3, going a perfect 5-0 in the tourney.
In the Peewee A Division we had two great semis, as the Fusion and Nightmare ‘97’s tied, and remained tied through the overtime. It took a shootout to settle, and the Fusion advanced. It’s worth noting that both goalies were stellar in the shootout and out of 7 shooters only 1 goal was scored. In the other semifinal Nightmare White defeated the speed in a close one, 4-2. Garret Patnesky had a hat trick in the championship for the Fusion, as they win gold over Nightmare White by a final of 7-3.
The Bantams saw 5 teams compete in a round-robin format. Bodangles were the cream of the crop and only allowed 3 goals in their first 4 games. Playmaker Moneyshot defeated the Revolution to secure the 2nd seed and a rematch against Bodangles, who handled them fairly easily in the round robin. It would be a little closer championship, but Bodangles would still be victors by a score of 7-3. #44 Kyle Halladay had a hat trick and #26 Wyatt Sexton had a goal and 3 assists. They had a lot more success on the rink than off of it, and if we ever catch them trying to steal anything again they will be banned from NARCh.
For the young adults we had a combo division to get some midget and junior teams qualified. In the semi finals the Screaming Eagles gave Playmaker Black a bit of a scare, but Playmaker buried a couple of chances late and won 5-3. The Playmaker Red Team defeated the Snipers in the other semi to set up an All-Playmaker Championship. It was a clean game with no penalties. Trent Allen for Black and Zak Turco for Red exchanged hat tricks, but the Playmaker Black Team was a little older and more experienced. They took the gold by a final of 5-3.
It was a great weekend and we look forward to seeing most of the teams that competed at the NARCh FINALS in July.
Next week we’re off to Hawaii and Pennsylvania. Stayed tuned to NARCh.com for all your updates.