In Auburn, Maine on Sunday, March 13 Maine Amateur Hockey hosted the New England Peewees Tier II Regional and Sectional. And by the end there crown a 2016 NED Champion from Maine!
Regional- Friday's pool play saw the Maine Moose facing CT1 East Haven, a team they had played a few times during the season. Most of the games had been close according to both coaches and this one had the same results with the Moose ending on top 4-3. Other games Friday had the Essex Sting defeating NH's Lake Region 4-2 and CT2 Avon defeating Berlin 7-1.
Saturday's pool play started the day with the two teams from CT playing to a 1-1 tied, NH's two teams having Berlin topping Lake Region 2-1 and the Moose defeating Essex 7-1. The afternoon play had East Haven beating Lakes Region 9-4, giving them third place in the tournament and a semi-final spot. Avon beating Essex 7-1, placing Avon as the #2 spot and a rematch with East Haven on Sunday. Closing the day, the Moose beat Berlin 6-0 which placed Moose as #1 and Essex Sting as the 4th seed for Sunday.
Sunday's Semi-finals had some great showing from 4 good teams from NE. The Moose went up 2-0 before the Sting struck twice. In the 2nd period,the Moose's added another one giving them a 3-2 lead. Vermont wasn't done, scoring the last goal in the 2nd tying the game 3-3. Quickly in the 3rd period, the Sting add another going up 4-3 just 38 seconds into the period. But that was the last of the Essex's scoring for the day. The Moose poured it on the rest of the game scoring 5 unanswered goals to a 8-4 victory and an afternoon spot in the finals.
The other semi-final game going on the same time at the Norway Savings Bank Arena, East Haven and Avon were battling into the third period before any scoring would take place. Avon went up 1-0 halfway through the 3rd. With just 1 minute 47 seconds left in the game, East Haven tied the game sending it to Over Time! The OT end just 1:27 seconds in when East Haven notched the win.
In the final, the Moose game out quickly with a goal just 1:45 in. They added a 2nd, a 3rd and a 4th in the 1st period. The 2nd period was scoreless. The 3rd period just had more Moose, scoring another 4 goals capping a 8-0 win. East Haven's coach stated "we were just out of gas after the emotional OT win this morning. These two teams (Moose and East Haven) have had some great games this season and they have always been fun. Today it was the Moose's day, great job!"
Sectional-Both Maine teams, the Southern ME Breakers and the Gladiators had great pool play and both made it to the semi-finals, meeting the two teams from MASS where they found their match. The Maine teams just could get by the two MASS Teams, each facing them twice, losing both games and beating the other teams from the other states, ending the weekend 2-2. Both Maine teams had great showings and represented Maine proudly. Great Job!!
Casco Bay wins the New England Squirts Tier II Regional! Details of the tournament are not available as of yet. More to follow.
The Maine Gladiators win the New England District Sectional in Waltham, MA on Sunday, March 13 and are 2016 Champions!
They started the weekend tournament with a win over Triton, the MASS 2nd team placed in the round robin, in a close game 1-0. A great way to start the tournament after a day of traveling.
Saturday's round robin play started with them facing a tough CT 1st place team, the Wonderland Wizards. In a close game, the Gladiators game up short in a 5-3 loss which will be their only loss all weekend. They finished the day against the Rhode Island team with a win, 4-1 and a trip to Semi-finals on Sunday against the top team out of the National Conference, MA 2 Barnstable, who went 3-0 in pool play.
The Semi-finals were set with CT1 Wizards facing Vermont's Essex Sting and the Gladiators facing Barnstable. Then upsets occurred! The two teams rank #2 out of both pools upset the #1 teams, both to the score of 3-1!! This placed the VT Essex Sting against the ME Gladiators in the afternoon finals!
Although no championship game is easy, the Maine Gladiators won 6-0 and are now crowned New England Districts Tier II Squirts Sectional CHAMPIONS!!
Congratulations and Great job!!