The SuperSeries AAA took its latest tournament to the ice at the Bill Gray’s Regional IcePlex in Rochester, New York over the weekend and saw every one of its 16 matchups go to the limit.
Over the 16 games that were played on the final day of action on Sunday, 11 were decided by one goal or less, 13 by two goals or less and 15 of the 16 by three or less.
Geary’s OT Goal powers the 2004 Buffalo Jr. Sabres to the November Bracket Madness Title
The 2004 Buffalo Jr. Sabres capped off their perfect November Bracket Madness Tournament run when defenseman Patrick Geary brought the house down in overtime.
Geary took a pass from behind the net from Kaleb Smith and ripped a shot into the back of the net at the 3:02 mark of overtime to give his team a 3-2 victory over the Florida Alliance and the championship crown.
Buffalo trailed 2-1 late in the third period, but it was defenseman Nate Stachowiak the evened the score at two-apiece with 1:25 left in regulation. Forward Nicholas Peluso controlled the puck at the point and set up Brody Crane who eventually fed Stachowiak for the equalizer.
Jaden Helm got the scoring started for the Sabres in the opening period, just 35 seconds into action, but that lead did not last long, as Austin Cyhaniuk quickly added the equalizer two-minutes later off of a pass from Luke Jankauskas.
Anthony Kahl put the Alliance up 2-1 with just 23 seconds left in the second, off a pass from Gavin Brindley, before the Sabres came up with late heroics late in the third and in the overtime session to take home the championship gold.
Both teams had no problem finding the back of the net throughout their five games in the tournament and it was the Alliance who outscored their opponents 30-7, while posting a 4-1 record and the Sabres had a +19 margine, outscoring their opposition 23-4, going without a blemish at 5-0.
Consolation Bracket: Pietila’s Power Play OT winner ignites Little Caesars (2004) over Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (2004) to the Third Place victory
With 2:21 left in the overtime session, Chase Pietila took a pass from Zachary Cline and found the back of the net on the power-play to send the Little Caesars 14-U 2004 squad to a 5-4 victory in the third place game of the November Bracket Madness SuperSeries AAA tournament.
Pietila ripped a wristshot from the left side of the point on the powerplay and was able use his teammates in front of the net as a screen to put home the game-winner.
After a scoreless first period, it was the Penguins that jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Matthew DiMarsico and Cole Bianchin, but that lead did not hold up long, before Little Caesars got its offensive attack going.
Tommy Jacques first got Caesars on the board with a goal at the 4:53 mark of the second, but just 23 seconds later it was DiMarsico that struck again to put the Pens back up by two.
Pietila was able to draw his team a little closer, when he scored the first of his two goals with 2:15 left in the second and that momentum carried on into the third for Little Caesars.
Brando DiAntonio evened the score at 3-3, off a pass from Pietila, with 12:28 left in the third and it was Luke St. Ledger that put his team up for the first time late in the game at the 4:26 mark.
The Pens would not go down without a fight and Cole Bianchin found the equalizer with just 53 seconds left in regulation to force the OT session, before Pietila eventually ended it for Caesars.
Little Caesars finished 4-1 in the tournament, outscoring its opponents 23-8 and the Pens finished with a 3-2 record, scoring 24 goals and giving up 14.
Written by Chris Costa/ HockeyClan.Com
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