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 5-3 in one semi-final and Mission Black Ice would take down the Revision Vanquish 3-2. Remember, both FTB and Vanquish needed overtime goals to make it to the semi-finals, proving how competitive this division was.
Black Ice seemed to just be a notch better than their competition led by one of the top future pro stars in the game, John Schiavo. He stepped up big again the championship. John is surrounded by a stellar team that would individually be the Go-to guys on any other team, and together on the same team they’re so solid that it would take an off-game or stellar performance by their opponent for them to lose. They would go on to win the title over a very talented Kodiak squad, 5-3.
Division 1 is arguably the most exciting division to watch, and the toughest title to win at the NARCh FINALS. It’s the fastest division and many of the best players are the best players in NARCh Pro.
The semi-final games were incredible. I honestly couldn’t have written a more dramatic script. Alkali won their playoff game earlier in the day in overtime over Las Vegas Tour Rebels, which I wrote about in the morning blog. This time they would face the Mission Bauer Habs, which seem to be in the D1 Title game every year. Alkali would win their second straight overtime game 3-2 and play for the title.
Not to be outdone, the other semi-final was even more dramatic and we would need 2 overtimes to find a winner between the Alkali Asylum and Reebok Larceny. On a day with many exciting games this was probably the most exciting of the day in my opinion. The Asylum scored scrappy goals all tourney, where they just outworked guys to loose pucks. They’re from NY and have played NARCh for a long time, so for them to be on this stage so close to a huge title you knew that they weren’t going to get outworked.
Reebok has a lot of players capable of burying the puck, and in this one it would be NHL draft pick Taylor Aronson who would end it and send them to the title game.
The championship between Alkali and Reebok Larceny was a good one, but it would be hard to top those two semi-finals. Reebok would be down a goal fairly late and pressing hard, but Alkali’s defense really stepped up. It just seemed like Reebok didn’t get as many great scoring chances and you could see the frustration get to them. Alkali would also add a late goal on a hustle play to the net by Kyle Novak. I can’t remember who passed it, but it was a great feed and Kyle re-directed the puck with one hand on his stick while holding off a defender going full speed to the net, and Alkali shut out Reebok by a final of 2-0 to capture the title. Almost all of these guys in D1 are playing Pro too, so there’s still a lot left to prove, which is exciting.
Squirt and Bantam Platinum came to an end tonight so we’ll discuss that tomorrow, along with Peewee and Juniors and the arrivals of the NARCh Pro Division. Don’t forget to come watch the NARCh Pro Skills tomorrow night at 7:30. It’s always a great, exciting show!