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  • SILVER, CLUB, and CUB DIVISIONS NARCh CUB Division - As is normal with our Cub Division, there were only a few teams.  Two of them were pretty evenly matched, while the third gave a great effort each game.  This division was one our our easiest to seed, with the Fivehole Squarepants taking the top seed, the Detroit Mission Stars took the second seed, and Katios took the third seed. Cub Final: Fivehole Squarepants vs. Detroit Mission Stars.  This game looked as if it would be great on paper, a

  • GOLD DIVISIONS Atom Gold Division - The Atom Gold Division was the teams that didn’t make the Platinum level in the breakdown of the seeding.  The remaining teams were thrust into their own playoff for the Atom Gold trophy.  The seedings for Atom Gold were as follows.  St. Louis Tour Blast, the Detroit Mission Stars, the Fivehole Stormtroopers, and the Koguis. In the Semifinals for this division, the St. Louis Tour Blast met the Koguis and thoroughly defeated them by a score of 13-2 to secu

  • By Lonny Lovins The weather was beautiful, and just as one beautiful game ended with the World Cup, so have many beautiful games ended here at our 2014 NARCh Finals.  We had a lot to celebrate this year, as we saw some of the best games, and storied in NARCh history.  Below is coverage of every final game, and a small recap of every division from the playoffs.  It was a heck of a tournament, so we will dive right in. PLATINUM, D1 AND PRO DIVISIONS Pro Division - Watching the Black Ice run

  • I’ve been home from the NARCh FINALS for less than 12 hours, but I still feel like there’s work to be done.  We captured so many unbelievable roller hockey moments at this years tournament that I can’t wait to share the one’s with you that you have not yet seen.  I plan to do so through the offseason way more than ever before to keep you excited and thinking about the roller hockey and NARCh year round. It's personally rewarding capturing a special moment from our tournaments and getti

  • By: Lonny Lovins Today was the last day of our finals, and it was a bittersweet ending to a fantastic tournament.  I am happy to be done with the tournament, and out at our party, but I am also sad that I will have to wait until next year to see a lot of my good hockey friends, and colleagues.   The tournament was full of surprises, forgone conclusions, and great times in between.  The Germain Arena has climbed to the top of my list of favorite places that I have traveled for NARCh.  I get t

  • By: Lonny Lovins I still have goosebumps from watching the playoffs and the finals for Pro today.  For a little while I felt like a kid again.  Watching the games where I knew a great deal of the players, feeling a bit of their anguish, and also their elation.  Having been in all of their shoes before, but never playing for such high stakes makes it all that more intense to watch. The Black Ice team started out in a rough patch, winning a close game, then dropping their next two.  They playe

  • By Lonny Lovins The first semi-final of the day had the upstart Black Ice kids playing against Next Gen.  Next Gen were a lot of people's odds on favorite to win the whole tournament, since they combine smooth passing, quick transition and high scoring.  There was a lot of smooth passing, and good transitions, but the scoring came up a little short.  For the second game in a row, Black Ice played incredibly strong defensively, and their goaltender, who has been growing feet out of his skull,

  • By Lonny Lovins I got the pleasure of watching the Pro quarterfinals this morning, and they were amazing.  Every game was good, with teams going for the big win, all the way till the end.  There was no slowing the game down and sitting behind the net, thanks to our referees making sure that teams were moving forward with the puck.  This created a lot more action, and evened the playing field throughout the tournament. Our first quarterfinal featured the 9th seeded Black Ice team, against the

  • By Jeremy EllisDay number 2 of the 2014 NARCh Pro division has come to an end and that means that this whirlwind of 3 day action has entered playoff mode.  Seventeen teams entered into the fray yesterday knowing that only 9 would play more than the scheduled 4 games.  Some teams were just trying to make it in while others were more concerned with what seed they would end up with.With 9 playoff teams, having the number 1 seed has distinct advantages.  They go against a team that has played an

  • By Lonny Lovins I know this blog is coming out a little later than they normally do, but that is because I had to wait for the Pee Wee Platinum Division to seed.  This division was amazing, with every team within 2 points of one another.  With 7 teams in the division, and only 4 able to make the playoffs, spots were at a premium.  In the end, we had 1 team with 5 points, 5 teams with 4 points, and 1 team with 3 points.  We had to go to least goals against as a tie breaker to decide which oth

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