Nearly 3,500 players from over 230 teams across the United States and Canada hit the ice at 18 different rinks across the Northeast for the fifth annual Boston Breakout SuperSeries this past weekend.
All told, the colossal youth hockey event brought together 3,478 hockey players of all ages from Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, the Carolinas and Canada at the prestigious, highly-anticipated event which has become synonymous with the beginning of hockey season.
“Year One we had 33 teams,” Roberto Gomez, Director of Hockey and Business Operations for the Boston Breakout SuperSeries, said. “This is our fifth year of the event and we have close to 240 teams between 2003 and 2008 right up to U-18. We have a total of 3,478 kids at 18 rinks from Northern Rhode Island through Boston to Southern New Hampshire plus we’re hosting midgets, U-15, U-16 and U-18 at Quinnipiac.”
“We have great relationship with LiveBarn and a good participation factor from the usual suspects from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota plus a good following from teams in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Kuper Academy in Montreal. We even had teams from Florida and Carolina even though they were affected by Hurricane Irma.
“A good following and a lot of great teams that come to our events all year long,” Gomez said.
Divisions in the round-robin tournament spanning four states include 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 birth years as well as U-15, U-16 and U-18.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BOSTON BREAKOUT SUPERSERIES
NJ Titans 7, Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers 1 (2006)
Allen Fang scored four goals and Christian Chouha connected twice to power the Titans to victory at the Rhode Island Sports Center. Dion Gargagliano also found the back of the net for the Titans, which utilized Hayden Thorsen and Hunter Galgani in between the pipes throughout the tournament. C.J. Sherwood scored for the Rangers.
NH Avalanche Elite 2, Westchester Express 2 (2006)
Owen Carey’s goal, assisted by Brett McKinnon with 17 seconds remaining in regulation, helped the Avalanche erase a two-goal deficit en route to a tie at the Rhode Island Sports Center. Liam McCurry and Colin Carey scored twice in the first period to stake the Express to a 2-0 lead, but Beau Dubois scored in the second frame to slash the deficit in half.
Chicago Mission 4, Providence Capitals 4 (2006)
Joshua Sardo’s unassisted effort in the final minutes of the third period lifted the Mission to a tie with the Capitals at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, R.I. Justin Smith, Maxwell Vanderwiel and Alexander Rudolph also hit for the Mission. Daniel Buckley accounted for two goals to pace the Capitals, which also got goals from Chase Watts and Marcello Martinelli.
NY Saints 3, Minutemen Flames 2 (2006)
Jack Gerne was the hero when he converted Evan Jones’ pass 14:02 into the final frame to lift the Saints past the Flames at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, R.I. Cam Cooke gave the Flames a 1-0 lead, but Daniel Dalessandro tied it and Pyotr Sysak gave the Saints a 2-1 lead in the second period. Teddy McAusland tied it back up at 2-2 for the Flames before Gerne delivered the heroics.
CT Jr. Rangers 3, NJ Devils YHC 3 (2006)
Tyler Chmiel’s unassisted goal in the third period rallied the Devils to a tie with the Rangers at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, R.I. Connor Kelly and Zachary Silva gave the Devils a 2-0 lead, but the Rangers stormed back with three straight goals from Trifan MacIntire, Dillon Moneypenny and Holdt Gore to take a brief, 3-2, lead after two periods of play.
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Main Image: Connecticut Jr. Huskies (2005) courtesy of SuperSeries