What an exciting weekend of hockey!
This weekend we’re at one of our very favorite rinks, The Silver Creek Sportsplex in San Jose. 48 Teams competed through every division, from 6u cubs all the way up through adults. Here’s how the tourney played out:
We had four cute little cub teams compete in this regional. It’s always a treat watching the cubs, as it’s a combination of cuteness, bloopers, and the unexpected. The Silicon Valley Quakes and North Stars met in the championship and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. It took overtime to settle, and the North Stars came out on top in their first tournament.
In the atom division, The Delta River Rats went through the round robin undefeated and beat the NorCal Extreme in the semifinal and the Silicon Valley Quakes got past Puck Attack in their semi to land in the championship. High Scorer of the division for the River Rats #99 Jack Wedowski had a hat trick in the finale’, but the River Rats couldn’t keep pace with the Quakes in the this rematch. Marisa Trevino had a goal and four assists in the championship and Ryan Tuckwood was the recipient of many of those passes, as he had 5 goals in the game. Quakes over Rats, 9-5.
7 Teams battled it out in mite action. The silver championship would match up the newly formed Puck Attack Team against the Delta River Rats. Gabel Longshore had a championship to remember, as he tallied 5 goals and the River Rats took home the title by a final of 5-3.
In the gold championship two clubs that have been evenly matched for quite some time squared off, the Silicon Valley Quakes and the Mission Revision Mustangs. The Mustangs had a 2-1 lead at half, but the Quakes scored in the second half to tie it up. In a game with a lot of action, some great saves, and no lack for crowd noise, Jaden Guzman was the hero of the day for the Quakes scoring the game winner in a tight one, 3-2.
The squirt division was an 8-team field. The Delta River Rats faced the Bauer Riot in the round robin and lost, which dropped them into the silver bracket. They handled the Quakes in the semi, then the Jr Thunder in the championship to win the Silver Title.
In squirt gold it would come down to the Bauer Riot and Extreme Hawks. The Riot were in control from start to finish, as #98 Cody Tanod had a hat trick and #9 Christian Sy had 2goals and 2 assists. Riot grabbed the squirt gold title by a final of 5-2.
Two teams went undefeated in the peewee division through round robin play, the Red Tails and Delta River Rats. The championship was an up hill battle for the Red Tails, but they only trailed at half 2-1. Despite getting outshot 2 to 1, the Red Tails played solid but couldn’t close the gap on the River Rats. Derek Ellingson and Austin Blair were the potent 1-2 punch for the River Rats, as Derek had 3 goals and Austin assisted on every one of them. The River Rats were once again crowned gold, 4-2.
In Silver the Bauer Riot and Mission Rampage did battle for the title. Carly Marquiss is one very talented female player, showing that she can not only just hang with the boys, but excel at this level. She had the first and last goal for the Riot, as they defeated the Rampage by a final of 4-2.
As is often the case, bantam was our largest division with 9 teams. The NorCal Extreme, Delta River Rats Black, and Silicon Valley Quakes would battle it out in gold after the split and it was the Quakes and River Rats advancing to the championship. Like many of the championships on this day, this one was awesome! Once again regulation would not be enough time to settle it, so we went to overtime, and then on to a shootout. Quakes Goalie, Jack Robinson, made some big saves and the snipers sniped their way to the gold.
In bantam silver the Bauer Riot would match up against the Nor Cal Elite White. 9’s were all over the scoresheet as #99 Johan Sjodan had a 4 pts in the championship, and so did #19 Michael Mylchreest. Riot over Elite White, 7-4.
6 teams battled in out in Midgets. The lower seeded Mission Revision Mustangs got past Bauer Riot in the silver semifinal, and the Silicon Valley Quakes defeated the Mission Rampage to set up or Silver Championship. This would be one of the most memorable games of the weekend. With just one second left on the clock, Alex Shearin would bring the crowd to their feet with a goal that would tie the game 3-3 and send it to OT. It was Shearin’s 3rd goal of the game. Overtime was back and forth with quality chances for both squads. It would take a shoot-out to settle this one, and the Mustangs prevailed and are your champions.
The two teams with a perfect record would meet in the midget gold championship, Alpha Dogs and Nor Cal Elite Brown. This was a physical matchup, with no weak links on either team. We saw 6 different goal scorers in this one. The Elite got to a lot of loose pucks first and seemed to want it a little more. Alpha Dogs had their chances though, as a ring off the post on one end would turn into a goal on the other, just 10 seconds later. Like it or hate it, that’s the bounces of hockey. Elite would win 4-2.
We had a balanced Junior – Men’s combo division. No team would get through the round robin without a loss. The Reno Aces defeated the LA Dragons in the prelims, but could not defeat them twice to make it to the championship. Local grown NCR would face the Dragons in a game that saw the Dragons jump to an early 3-0 lead. In the second half the Riot would score 3 quick goals in a 1:06 second span to tie it up. Jeremy Hurst had a hat trick and the Riot pulled it out, 6-3.
Reflecting back all we can say is wow! What an action-packed weekend of hockey we had. We wish we could have captured every great goal and exciting moment we witnessed on tape, but if we did this recap would be hours long. We hope you enjoyed the ride through these 108 games as much as we have and we look forward to seeing you at the next one!