Seven new champions were crowned in yet another highly successful hockey tournament from OneHockey in Chicago, Illinois as over 600 players from 32 teams converged at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville and surrounding area rinks.
The Chicago Blues organization put four teams skating in the finals, winning three, as the U-18, U-16 and Bantam AA teams took home titles. The Midwest Blackbirds captured two titles with their PeeWee AA and Squirt A squads skating off the ice with trophy in hand. The Rockford Hockey Club (Bantam A) and the Orland Park Vikings girls team also won.
Already a world-wide phenomenon, OneHockey will attempt to set a new Guiness World Record for the largest tournament ever at its 2018 Holiday Invite this season. The unprecedented, four-day Christmas vacation event which will feature as many as 1,000 teams in both boys and girls divisions estimated to number more than 23,000 players from 10 countries squaring off on more than 75 sheets of ice is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the upcoming hockey season and this past weekend’s Chicago Tournament was yet another great hockey event along the way.
“It was great to be hosting our very first tournament in Illinois,” OneHockey CEO Sebastien Fortier said. “We feel we did very well and impressed many attendees. We plan on hosting several more tournaments in Illinois over the next several years.”
Chicago Tournament Championship Recaps
Chicago Blues 4, Twin Bridges Lightning 1 (U-18 AA)
Blake Vaca had a hat trick and Tyler Gut also found the back of the net as the Chicago Blues defeated Twin Bridges Lightning in the U-18 AA tournament championship at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Goaltender David Trapani stood out for the Blues in between the pipes. Henry Kasten scored for the Lightning, assisted by Jacob Eppel.
Trapani, Vaca and Jason Stern of the Blues were named tournament most valuable players. Kasten and Matthew Cowley from the Lightning were also recognized.
Chicago Blues 3, Twin Bridges Lightning 1 (U-16 AA)
Blake Connelly’s goal, assisted by Nolan Chapp and Joe Padmanabhan, proved decisive as the Chicago Blues defeated Twin Bridges Lightning in the U-16 AA tournament championship at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
After Connelly put the Blues up for good, Michael Imala added an insurance goal to cap the scoring. Imala and Alex Park set up Barron Woodring for the Blues’ first goal of the game. Grant Stone and Jack Robbins stood tall in between the pipes for the Blues throughout the tournament.
In a rare, sincere move, the entire Blues team accepted tournament most valuable player honors. Brett Bell and Mason Young received tournament MVP recognition on the Lightning.
Rockford Hockey Club 3, Chicago Huskies 0 (Bantam A)
Cameron Reimer, Nathan Kardell and Ethan Buntjer each found the back of the net to power Rockford to victory over the Huskies in the Bantam A tournament championship at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Reese Creswell assisted on two of the goals for Rockford, which also got an assist from Blake Bradle Jr. on their first goal of the game. Reimer and Zander Blomquist led the way in net for Rockford in the tournament.
Creswell and Bradle Jr. were named tournament most valuable players from Rockford. Joey Crowley and Matt Leslie from the Huskies were also recognized.
Chicago Blues 7, Chicago Wolfpack 1 (Bantam AA)
Liam Moran collected two goals and two assists and Bredan Bigane added two goals and an assist, powering the Blues to victory over the Wolfpack in the Bantam AA tournament finale at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Gavin Schoening, Jeremy Drayton and Anthony Bagnole also scored for the Blues, which received three assists from Korey Carlson. Ben Breen and Mackenzie Sinson tallied two assists apeice for the Blues, which got a standout performance from goalie Sebastian Wigfield in net.
Wigfield and Troy Walker from the Blues were named OneHockey’s tournament most valuable players. Chris Adams and Justin Gorstecki from the Wolfpack were also named tournament MVP’s.
Orland Park Vikings 4, Sabres U-14 2 (PeeWee A Girls)
Natalie Ginnodo’s second goal of the game, assisted by Maddie Boley, proved to be the game-winning goal as the Vikings skated past the Sabres in the PeeWee A girls OneHockey tournament at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Ginnodo opened the scoring for the Vikings, which also got goals from Paige Knight and Belle Vesel. Jess Tadevich tallied two assists for the Vikings in the win. Kaylee Pahr and Kylie Delre hit for the Sabres, which utilized Priya Thatchet in between the pipes.
The entire Vikings team accepted MVP honors on behalf of the girls, while Samantha Haraf and Emily Gasperer were recognized from the Sabres.
Midwest Blackbirds 3, Chicago Hawks 2 (PeeWee AA)
Joey Campagna’s unassisted goal proved decisive as the Blackbirds edged the Hawks in the final of the PeeWee AA tournament championship at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Noah Connolly and Ethan Rapacz also found the back of the net for the Blackbirds. Joseph Izzo and Michael Ryndak hit for the Hawks.
Tyler Phillip and Zach Reaume were named tournament most valuable players from the Blackbirds, while Izzo and Easton Rossi received tournament MVP recognition on the Hawks.
Midwest Blackbirds 3, Chicago Blues 2 (Squirt A)
Logan Gnatt’s goal, assisted by Nathan Struzik, held up as the game-winning goal as the Blackbirds slipped past the Blues in the OneHockey Squirt A tournament championship at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.
Struzik and Brogan Borst also scored for the Blackbirds, which leaned on Eli LaLonde and Luke Connolly in between the pipes throughout the tournament. Jeffrey Rozanski and John Muehlfelder scored for the Blues.
Eli and Tyler LaLonde of the Blackbirds received tournament most valuable player recognition from OneHockey. Blues’ Jack Hextall and Peter Chlebowski also received recognition for their standout play in the tournament.
Main Image: PeeWee AA OneHockey Chicago Tournament Champions, the Midwest Blackbirds. (Photo courtesy of OneHockey)
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