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  • Today is the climax of the 2012 NARCh FINALS with the Pro Final and 20k up for grabs tonight at 7:15pm.   We still have divisions going through tomorrow, but it’s really more like a half day as we crown our last few champions.  If you love the sport and want to watch great hockey, today is the day you circle on the calendar. As I mentioned yesterday if you’re a pro team it’s all about making the playoffs, which is not at all easy to do.  This year there are some great teams and pl

  • July 27th There’s a ton of action right now here at Silver Creek and the house is packed!  It’s also hard to stay on top of it all with the updates, but here’s what is on my mind mid-day on Friday. The Pro Skills last night was a ton of fun.  I’ve never seen the rink as crowded as it was last night.  The players had a blast and the crowd was definitely entertained. Travis Noe from Reebok stole the show last night with a great move to win the sniper competition over Brandon Pirri

  • By Jeremy Ellis   Today was a day to crown champions and to delight the crowd.  Squirt platinum and Bantam platinum drew to a close with teams that fought through adversity all tournament taking home the gold.  Coach Joe Cook led his Alkali squad back from a shaky start to pool play to division glory.  In Squirts, it was a rematch when Wheels of Anarchy locked horns with the Revision Vanquish.      NARCh finals is a grind, ask anyone who has had the chance to raise a

  • Exciting Final Thursday in San Jose By Alex Morrison Today brings a lot of activity to the SportsPlex.  Pee Wee Platinum has just finished up their pool play, and has been seeded for the playoffs.  As I was walking by rink 3 earlier this afternoon, right at the end of the Anarchy vs Mississauga Rattlers game, there was a close play down in the Anarchy defensive zone, and right at the buzzer, a shot on goal.  The buzzer sounded just before the puck entered the net, preserving the tie.  What

  • By Jeremy Ellis It was roughly 10:45 this morning when it happened.  The seal was broken and the first of what is sure to be many more exciting goals was scored in the Pro Division.  Sixteen games within the NARCh Pro division litter the schedule here today.  Yours truly gets primo seats for two of them as I get to referee the best players in the world later this afternoon. With the opportunity to officiate the D1 Final yesterday, it will be back-to-back days of excitement for me.  As you

  • We opened up the day with some great games that I wrote about in a prior blog.   The playoff games after that certainly did not disappoint and were full of action.  The crowds were also very solid all day long as many divisions were in action.   Even parents and players that played in silver and gold that don’t have a dog in the fight on the rink today came out to watch some great hockey. In the midget platinum division the Colorado Kodiaks would defeat the Alkali Fusion FTB 5-

  • Day 13 - July 25th Every NARCh FINALS there’s usually 2-3 days that really stick in my head because of the great games and I’m pretty sure today is going to be one of those days. First it was the Alkali Fusion FTB that needed overtime to get by the CO Wolverines in midget platinum playoffs by a final of 4-3.   The Wolverines scored two goals in the last 1:20 to send it to OT, so there was a scent of upset in the air, but FTB had the finally say in this one. Next on the same rink i

  • By Alex Morrison Each of the Midget Platinum and D1 teams playing had 2 games today before ending their preliminary round.  In Midget, 4 teams really stood out to me over the last 2 days, and as it turns out, they are the top 4 seeds in the division.  Black Ice from Long Island, NY, the Kodiaks from Colorado, Alkali Fusion (a mixture of players from across the country), and Revision Vanquish from California all played well enough, and have a ton of talent on their squads.  The most unusual

  • By Jeremy Ellis Here it is the weekend and we are in full swing in Mens Gold and Silver.  The families get to take the day off to enjoy the sights.  Once again, we keep the division in mind with a noon start.  Still, during the first games of the day there were quite a few yawns seen on the floor.   Whatever shape their body or head is in come game time, these guys can flip the switch.  While this event provides a respite from the everyday grind and a chance to get away with ‘the g

  • Day 8 of the NARCh FINALS was another solid one here at Silver Creek Sportsplex.   The men’s divisions started today and filled up the schedule.  I wasn’t juggling as many projects today, which allowed me to take in and enjoy watching games and reflect a little on the tournament up to this point.   I’m very happy with the parity through the silver and gold divisions.    My goal is the same every year, and that’s to create the most balanced divisions possible.   Through ban