Superseries’ Bantam Bracket Madness; Mississauga Rebels Border Battle

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — And then there was one.

Thirty-two teams began Superseries’ Bantam Minor Bracket Madness in Rochester this past weekend, but over the course of the three-day event from Nov. 16-18 at Bill Gray’s Regional IcePlex they were slowly whittled down to a sweet-16, an elite-eight, a final four and finally a championship bout between the last two teams standing. And when the ice chips settled, the Markham Majors stood alone as champions.

Andrew Pittini scored three goals and assisted on a fourth, Taeo Artichuk had a hat trick and Jalen Bianchet also scored twice as the Markham Majors skated past Compuware, 10-1, in the final of the Bantam Minor Bracket Madness on Super Sunday.

Robert Wang and Christian Mitsis also scored for the Majors, which defeated the Boston Jr. Rangers, San Jose Jr. Sharks, Buffalo Regals and North Shore Shamrocks en route to victory. Marshall Braunscheidel scored for Compuware, assisted by Shane Marion.

The tournament finale capped a whirlwind weekend for many teams due the Nor’easter storm that blanketed the Northeast with some teams fighting through 17 hours of travel through the wintry conditions to reach The Flower City.

“The Bracket Madness format always makes for a great event,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “The March Madness-style winner-take-all-event is a lot of fun for the players and gives us flexibility to match teams up against even competition throughout the entire tournament.”

All told, nearly 500 2005-age players from 32 teams spanning California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania joined with teams from Ontario, Canada at the tournament hosted by Superseries Elite Hockey, which never charges a gate fee.

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Superseries’ Bantam Bracket Madness Tournament Champions, Markham Majors. (Photo courtesy of Superseries)

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(Photo courtesy of Superseries)

NORTH YORK, ONT. — Superseries Elite Hockey, in association with the Mississauga Rebels, hosted 72 teams — over 1,000 players — from three different age groups for the “Mississauga Border Battle.”

The international affair saw 2004, 2006 and 2008-age youth hockey teams from Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania hit the ice with teams from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec over the course of the three-day, round-robin event, Nov. 16-18 at Chesswood Arena and ScotiaBank Pond in suburban Toronto.

“We love partnering with the Mississauga Rebels to bring the very best competition in the USA and Canada together,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “By playing in a showcase format, we are able to give teams five games against the best teams in North America. The amount of ties and one-goal games that we had is a real indication of how great the competition is.”

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The Chicago Fury battle the Oakville Rangers during the “Mississauga Border Battle” at ScotiaBank Pond in North York, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Superseries)
The North Jersey Avalanche skate against the Whitby Wildcats at ScotiaBank Pond during the “Mississauga Border Battle.” (Photo courtesy of Superseries)

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS

Special to HockeyClan

 

Main Image: Superseries’ Bantam Bracket Madness Tournament Champions, Markham Majors. (Photo courtesy of Superseries)

 

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