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.
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.
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Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: October Bracket Madness 2007 Tournament Champions, the Vaughan Kings. (Photo courtesy of Superseries)
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