Champions Crowned! Vaughan Kings Last Team Standing in Superseries’ Bracket Madness

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ROCHESTER — Adrian Manzo, Mars Sun and Guiseppe D’Addese each found the back of the net in a high-scoring first period and the defense made it stand as the Vaughan Kings defeated the Rochester Monarchs, 3-1, in the final of Superseries’ Bracket Madness at Bill Gray’s Regional IcePlex in Rochester, N.Y. on Sunday.

The three-day tournament, featuring 2007-age players from 18 teams, competed in a playoff-style bracket which saw the Kings, Monarchs, North Jersey Avalanche and Syracuse Nationals reach the Final Four.

In the final, Manzo opened the scoring just 3:44 into the game assisted by Xander Velliaris and David Blinder. Sun doubled the Kings’ lead 4:54 later when he finished what Andreas Mikrogiannakis started to extend the Vaughan, Ontario team’s lead to 2-0.

The Kings weren’t finished, however, as D’Addese recorded the Kings’ third goal in a span of 9:47 when he found the back of the net
with an assist from Michael Cecchini.

The goal, with 1:29 remaining in the first period, sent Vaughan into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

The Monarchs battled back in the second frame and cut the deficit when Cooper Dennis scored 8:01 into the period with an assist from Angelo Latore but that would be all the Kings’ goaltending tandem of Andrea De Melis and Paul Verman would yield.

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The Kings defeated the Nationals, 4-1, in the semifinals and the Cambridge Hawks, 5-1, in the quarterfinals to reach the finale.

The Monarchs doubled up the Avalanche, 4-2, in their semifinal bout after skating past the San Jose Jr. Sharks, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of a tournament that featured teams California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario.

“Our bracket events are a lot of fun and they have a really unique format that gives teams a five-game guarantee no matter what,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “The format is unique in that it creates great match-ups throughout the entire event that result in close games, overtime games and a champion that is the only team to go undefeated in the event.”

The Kings went a perfect 5-0, including a 2-0 victory over the Connecticut Jr. Rangers on Friday, outscoring the opposition 19-4 over the weekend.

(Photo by Kaleigh Thomson/Superseries)
(Photo by Kaleigh Thomson/Superseries)

Apparel for those who were not able to purchase at the Bracket are available by reaching out to TopTierUSA apparel at craig@toptierusa.com.

Additionally, team and player photos are also available by reaching out to ZR Photo at jaycee@zrphoto.net 

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS

Special to HockeyClan

 

Main Image: October Bracket Madness 2007 Tournament Champions, the Vaughan Kings. (Photo courtesy of Superseries)

 

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