FRASER, MI — Joseph Muldowny set up teammate Zachary Glinski 2:07 into the game before scoring one himself just 20 seconds later as the Buffalo Regals defeated the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, 4-1, in the final of the Superseries 2004 Detroit Bracket Madness at Fraser Hockeyland this past weekend.
The tournament featuring 400 players from 26 teams spanning 12 different states scattered across the U.S., was yet another highly successful youth hockey tournament from Superseries AAA Elite Hockey.
After Muldowney put the Regals up 2-0, Joshua Przystal scored with an assist from Vincent DiRisio as Buffalo took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission on Sunday. Chase Arnett put the Jr. Hurricanes on the board 3:53 into the second period, assisted by Brooks Willoughby-Ray, but that would be all the Regals’ goaltending tandem of Matthew Alberti and Gavin Kreutzer would yield in the finale.
Carter Lukowski capped the scoring in the third period for the Regals, which got assists from James DeMatteo and Gavin Schrader en route to victory. Muldowney and Przystal each finished with a goal and an assist for the Regals, which defeated the Nashville Jr. Predators, 6-1, and the Chicago Hawks, 7-1, before edging the Chesterfield Falcons, 3-2, in the semifinals.
Goaltenders Grant Kloeber and Mason Rosado guided the Jr. Hurricanes to the final with victories over Florida Blades, Rochester Monarchs and New Jersey Devils Youth.
“Once again our bracket format provided teams not only with a unique experience within the format, but an incredible amount of very close games,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “Sixty-five percent of all games were decided by two goals or less and almost 80% were decided by three goals or less.
“Great competition provides players the best opportunity to improve and have fun and since all teams are guaranteed five games coaches are not incentivized to shorten the bench to try to earn extra games for their teams,” Dallow said. “As always, Superseries never charges a gate fee to watch your child play.”
Superseries Green Puck Showcase
Over 600 players from 41 teams took to the ice at three different rinks in Michigan and Indiana as part of Superseries’ Green Puck Showcase Dec. 14-16.
All told, teams from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin joined teams from Ontario, Canada, as 2005- and 2007-born players battled it out along with a U-15/16 division over the course of the three-day event held at Henderson Ice Arena in Culver, IN, Compton Family Ice Center in Notre Dame, IN, The Ice Box in South Bend, IN and Lawson Arena at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
The round-robin tournament which did not declare team champions, featured some top-notch hockey.
The Valley Forge Minutemen (2006), Milwaukee Jr. Admirals (2007) and Indianapolis Racers (U-15/16) each went undefeated in their respective divisions.
“Once again, SuperSeries was thrilled to bring teams to South Bend, home of Notre Dame for a great hockey weekend,” Jeremy Dallow, President of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey, said. “Adding to the experience, some Midget teams also played at Western Michigan University giving them the taste of two college venues and two college towns. Bantam Minor teams played at Culver Military Academy, one of the finest prep schools around.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: The Buffalo Regals, Superseries Elite 2004 Bracket Madness Tournament Champions. (Kaleigh Thomson, SuperSeries)
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