SYOSSET, N.Y. — Over 100 hockey teams from 16 states descended on New York and New Jersey this past weekend as part of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey’s National Invite and New Jersey Showcase, and when the ice chips settled several new champions were crowned.
With over 1,500 players in action representing California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, U-15 and U-16 players as well as 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 birth-years hit the ice at five different rinks: Ice Works in Syosset, N.Y., Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., Ice Land in Hamilton, N.J., Jersey Shore Arena in Wall, N.J., Mennen Arena in Morris Township, N.J., Rock Ice Center in Dunellen, N.J., and Bridgewater Sports Arena over the course of the three-day, whirlwind weekend of action Feb. 16-18.
House Young’s goal, assisted by Alistair St. Hillaire with 2:55 left in the second period, completed the comeback from two goals down as the Valley Forge Minutemen erased a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Hockey Club in the 2008 final at Ice Land in Hamilton.
Caine Bickel and Chase Longacre gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead eight minutes into the game, but Jeffrey Swartz slashed the deficit in half just over five minutes before the end of the opening period with an assist from Noah Cutillo. Grady Reilly tied the score at 2-2 just 1:52 into the second period before Young gave the Minutemen a lead they would not relinquish 10:15 later to secure the victory.
The Minutemen defeated the New Jersey Colonials, 4-1, to reach the 2008 finale. Philadelphia topped the PAL Jr. Islanders, 7-3, before bowing out in the championship game.
Keegan Sears scored twice and Joe Feinberg, Alec Nasreddine and Dylan Gibbs also scored as the New Jersey Devils Youth skated past the New Jersey Freeze, 5-1, to capture the 2007 Potvin Division title at Ice Works in Syosset.
Sears opened the scoring on an unassisted goal with just 2:15 remaining in the first period before the Devils struck for three goals in the second period to establish a 4-0 lead after two. Gibbs extended the Devils lead to five 7:42 into the third before the Freeze got on the board on a goal from Vincent Crisafulli with 3:56 remaining.
The Freeze doubled up the New York Saints, 4-2, in the semifinals to take on the top-seeded Devils in the finale.
Andrew Migliore and Lucas Husted-Edwards each scored twice, powering the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Boston Advantage to seize the 2007 Bossy Divison title at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow.
Migliore and Husted-Edwards hit to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead after one periods of play. Alexander Donovan made it a 3-0 lead 2:35 into the second period before Teddy Mutryn put Boston on the board with 7:44 to go in the second stanza. Matt Dedecko assisted on the Advantage goal. Migliore added his second of the game just 21 seconds later to make it a 4-1 game after two.
Husted-Edwards capped the scoring with his second goal of the game with 2:50 remaining in regulation for the Rangers, which defeated the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, 5-1, to reach the final. Boston Advantage shut out Team Maryland, 3-0, to reach the championship bout.
The New Jersey Rockets struck early and often to defeat the Valley Jr. Warriors, 6-2, in the 2007 Trottier Division final.
Six different players scored for the Rockets including Tyler Kusznier, Ayden Puppe and Dominick Sczygiel as New Jersey opened up a 3-2 lead after the first period of play. Tyler Jones and Anthony Pizirusso connected in the second frame to extend the Rockets’ lead to 5-2 before Peter Goffredo capped the scoring in the third.
Tyler Russo and Brandon Ward scored for the Warriors.
The Rockets slipped past Asburn Extreme, 3-2, to advance to the tournament finale. The Warriors shut out the Connecticut Jr. Whalers to skate in the Trottier 2007 final.
“This event was a great way to end the season,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “At the 2007 birth year there were three separate tournaments crowning three championships with the teams being split based on rankings providing teams with the most competitive games. The 2008 level saw great competition as well with the Valley Forge Minutemen winning the title.”
A host of U-15, U-16, 2004, 2005 and 2009 teams battled across five different rinks in the Garden State as part of Superseries’ New Jersey Showcase Feb. 15-18 that did not declare any team champions.
“Over 100 teams met in New Jersey in our showcase format with a remarkable percentage of the games being determined by one or two goals,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “SuperSeries was also able to use a great facility that we have never used before in the three-sheet Jersey Shore Arena as well as returning to Bridgewater Sports Arena, Ice Land and Mennen Arena where we have held many events in the past. We are looking to continue to grow this event as it has become a great way for teams to tune-up for their league playoffs or to end their season with.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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