We had 2 championship games on the docket today, both in the Squirt division. In the AA semi-final first thing this morning, the shorthanded SharpShooters (they only brought 5 skaters, and one of them is a 9 year old younger brother) downed the Jr. Mudcats Rocky Mountain to earn a birth in the championship game. Early in the AA final, Bender City Selects seemed to be too much for the SharpShooters taking a 4-2 lead into the 2nd period. The SharpShooters goalie would stand strong though in the 2nd and give his team an opportunity to get back in it. A pair of power play goals in the last 6 minutes of the game knotted things up at 4. Thats when Tucker Alspaugh decided to take over. He stole the puck from a Bender City Selects player, beat both defenseman, and roofed a wrist shot to give the SharpShooters the lead. They held off a ton of shots by Bender City late, and Hank Crone had a couple of great chances that just didn’t find the net as the SharpShooters won in comeback fashion 5-4.
Squirt AA Awards:
High Scorer – Hank Crone, Bender City Selects
Top Goalie – Mike Gipson, Jr. Mudcats Rocky Mountain
MVP – Tucker Alspaugh, SharpShooters
Revision Defenseman – Mitchell Anderson, Bender City Selects
In the Squirt AAA division the Tour Scorpions came out flying and proved why they were the talk of the tournament coming in. They got out to an early lead and never looked back as they downed the Colorado Crash Test Dummies is convincing fashion. This group is also playing Pee Wee AA and looking good. I hope they brought an extra suitcase for the flight home with all that hardware!
Squirt AAA Awards:
Top Scorer – Lucas Sowder, Tour Scorpions
HTop Goalie – Josh Cuni, Tour Scorpions
MVP – Lucas Sowder, Tour Scorpions
Revision Defenseman – Nathan Smith, Tour Scorpions
The Mite A & AA divisions came rolling out today, and man are these kids fun to watch. Just seeing the looks on their faces as they step on to the Arena rink and see all the seats, LCD scoreboards, and banners hanging is worth 1000 words. In early action the Lon-Star Posse defeated the SharpShooters 4-2, and the Springfield Snipers took down the Madhatters 8-0.
Division 1 has some serious talent this year. Pro players are all over the place with Sean Sullivan skating for the RB Selects, Shawn Gawrys is playing for Tour Excitement, and Chad Spezia, Ryan Lemke, and Weston Arch are anchoring an otherwise very young Bordercats team. The RB Selects are on top of the standings right now at 2-0, while the Bordercats are 1-0 and will face off with Tour Excitement in about 15 minutes.
I want to send out another thank you to the Dr Pepper Center staff, as well as my fellow tournament directors Mike Bell, Tom Schnieder, Chris Pierson, and Phil Maroon. This event has been as smooth as any I can remember, and the thanks goes out to those guys.
Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces over the next few days. Charlie Yoder, Walt Fraser, Matt Koleski, and Rob Chornomud should all be hitting the Lone Star State in the next day or two. We’ve made some great friendships over the years, and catching up with those guys is always fun. I just hope that Matt leaves his Debbie Downer pants back at Dumars’!