Little Caesars Big Winners at Superseries’ Elite Hockey Bracket Madness in Detroit

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DETROIT — Win and advance. Little Caesars replicated that performance throughout the playoffs before overcoming a one-goal deficit with five unanswered goals in the final en route to a 5-1 triumph over the Toronto Young Nationals at the Superseries Elite Hockey PeeWee Major Bracket Madness Championships at Kennedy Ice Arena in Trenton, MI.

Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club, which was established in 1968, shut out the Windsor Jr. Spitfires, 4-0, in the quarterfinals, then shut down the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals, 6-0, in the semifinals before finding itself down 1-0 to the Young Nationals just 56 seconds into the finale.

After Liam Hogan and Cole Thompson set up Hayden Reid to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the opening minute, Mason Benedict and Charlie Metz scored 3:23 later in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into intermission. Nicholas Kosiba made it a 3-1 game after two and Metz and Cole Bartnick  connected again in the third to cap the dramatic finish.

Little Caesars went 2-1 in pool play and 5-1 throughout the three-day weekend of festivities Dec. 7-9 in suburban Detroit, outscoring the opposition 29-11 at the youth hockey tournament featuring 2006-age players from 12 teams spanning nine different U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

The event was the latest in a series of successful bracket-style events from Superseries Elite Hockey.

“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 matchups throughout the entire event that result in close games and a champion that is the only team to go undefeated in the event.”

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Teams from Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin were on hand as well as a couple clubs from Ontario, Canada.

Superseries, which does not charge a gate fee, continues to be a leader in organized in organizing international youth hockey events.

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Metz scored twice and assisted on a third and Benedict finished with a goal and two assists for Little Caesars in the tournament finale. Tristan Trevino, Owen McGowan and Brendan Tighe also picked up assists in the final.

Little Caesars, Superseries’ 2006 PeeWee Major Bracket Madness Tournament Champions. (Photo by Nick Deranek, Superseries AAA Social Public Relations)

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS 

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