So long Irvine, until next time (Recap)

By Lonny Lovins

 

The tournament here in Irvine wrapped up last evening, and it was a good one.  I really enjoy coming to Irvine, the city is nice, and the rink is really well run.  Everyone is helpful and quick to jump if you need something done.  The team working at the Rinks, works just as hard as the teams on the rink.  A big thank you to Eddie Limbaga’s staff for helping us run smoothly.  I have my new Rink Rat “Identity” wheels.  I will put them to the test tonight, and let everyone know how good they are.  Nick over at Rink Rat is promised a redaction from my previous blog if these are indeed better than the “Split” series.  Now onto the final action.

 

Atom Division – The Atom Gold final featured two teams that know each other quite well.  The AKS ‘05 and Anarchy.  Both of these teams played really well in the round robin play, racking up some very impressive goal totals in the process.  When it came to the final game though, only one would stand above the rest.  With all of the offensive firepower, it was surprising that neither of these teams scored until midway through the first, when AKS broke through with a goal scored by their sniper #11 Phillipe Lalonde, on a nice pass from #4 Francois DeVilliers.  Anarchy would come right back with a goal of their own, when their big scorer #23 Christian Kim would make a nice pass over to #93 Zeev Buium for the game tying goal.  AKS would break the tie at 2:32 of the first on a goal by #1 Jett Kerfoot.  Anarchy would come back with less than a minute to go in the first frame to tie with a goal by #23 Kim.  It looked as if we may go into the second period tied, but #11 Lalonde had other ideas, as he would score with less than 2 seconds left to give the AKS team a lead going into the break.

The second period would start with Anarchy winning the opening face off, going down the rink and scoring less than 30 seconds, on a nice individual effort by #23 Kim.  AKS would then go on a little tear starting at the 15:00 mark.  They would score 3 goals in 3 minutes to take a commanding 3 goals lead.  #1 Kerfoot and #11 Lalonde combined for all 3 goals with Kerfoot getting 2 of the 3.  #23 Kim from Anarchy would try and pull his team to victory, as he scored a couple of goals to get them within 1 goal.  It was to no avail, as AKS would add 2 more goals by #11 Lalonde and #1 Kerfoot to seal the game and their gold medal.  Final Score:  AKS ‘05 8, Anarchy 5.

 

The Atom Silver final was bit more lopsided than the gold final.  The Next Gen played against the San Diego Rockets.  From the drop of the puck, Next Gen came out flying.  They scored quickly in the first period as #5 Aiyhden Martinez scored.  Next Gen would come back with another goal a couple of minute later, with #44 Trevor Connelly picking up the marker on a pass from #7 Zack Ellis.  It would be #7 Ellis from #44 Connelly on the next goal for Next Gen late in the period, and #5 Martinez would add more insurance before the buzzer sounded.

The second period started off similarly, with #7 Ellis scoring on a nice pass play from #5 Martinez.  The Rockets would get on the board midway through the stanza with #11 Aapo Jaakkola scoring on a pass from #56 Aiden Engels.  That would be all the Rockets would get, as Next Gen goalie Dylan Newton shut the door and preserved the lead for Next Gen, who scored three more goals from #44 Connelly and #5 Martinez respectively.  Next Gen would skate to the gold medal by a score of 8-1.

Our top scorer for Atom Division had 20 goals and 3 assists for 23 points in the round robin play.  From the Anarchy it was #23 Christian Kim.  The top goalie for the Atom Division made 52 saves on 66 shots, from AKS ‘05, #32 Ethan Woolcott.

 

Mite Division – The Mite Gold rosters are en route to me at the moment, once they get here, I will update the division with names.  The Mite gold final featured the same familiarity we saw in the Atom final, as the AKS ‘04 played against Anarchy.  These two teams met in the round robin where the AKS team beat Anarchy.  Anarchy would look to get revenge in this game, as they opened up the scoring early on a goal from #9 that was assisted by #15.  Anarchy would score again a minute later to take a 2-0 lead on a goal from #98.  Anarchy would continue to play well, and put another goal in at the 3:00 mark of the first with #72 getting the marker on a nice pass from #9.  AKS who had been reeling most of the period, would come back with a goal to cut into the lead at 1:27 when #4 would score on a pass from #91.  Anarchy would extend their lead back to 3 goals before the period would end with their 4th different goal scorer #11.

AKS would be a different team in the second period as their coach fired them up.  AKS would start their comeback bid with a goal a couple minutes into the second by #4 and assisted by #71.  AKS would be at it again with #1 getting the goal this time on a pass from their playmaker #71.  The game looked as if it was getting out of control for Anarchy, but they gathered themselves and scored with 5:38 left to give themselves a bit of insurance.  AKS would close the gap again with a goal from #91, but it was too little too late, as Anarchy scored a couple more and controlled the rest of the game to skate to a 7-4 victory, and the gold medal.

 

The Mite Silver championship game had another AKS team the 03-05 team playing against the Vanquish.  The Vanquish scored quickly off the drop of the puck with a goal from #93 Jedidiah Mayfield, who took the pass from #19 Aidan Wisdom and deposited it in the back of the net.  AKS would come right back a couple of minutes later with a goal from #4 Francois DeVellier.  The Vanquish would retake their lead at the 10:00 mark on a goal by #71 Luke Faas.  Not to be outdone, the AKS team would fight right back with #4 DeVellier scoring again to knot the game at 2.  With less than a minute left in the first, the Vanquish would score another goal, and this time it would be #25 Ruben Lopez taking the pass from #71 Faas.  The period would end with the Vanquish holding a 1 goal lead.

The second period started off the same was as the first, with the Vanquish scoring early in the frame.  #71 Faas would give the Vanquish a little breathing room with a goal that was assisted by #11 Torres.  The second period would be a defensive struggle with neither team scoring again until AKS broke through with a goal by #11 Phillipe Lalonde.  #4 DeVellier would add another marker less than a minute later and all of the sudden we had a tie game.  The Vanquish would not panic though, as they gathered the troops, played smart, and scored another goal with 1:30 left in the game.  #19 Aidan Wisdom would score the goal as #11 Torres would again find himself with a point on a nice assist.  AKS ran out of miracles by this point, and the game would end in a 5-4 victory for the Vanquish.    

 

Top scorer for the Mite Division had 5 goals, 4 assists for 9 points.  From the AKS 04 team #4 Kyle Isenberg.  The top goaltender for the Mite Division made 38 saves on 41 shots.  From AKS 04 #10 Sean Smer.

 

Squirt Division – The Squirt Gold final featured the Anaheim Dusters, and the CCM Bulldogs.  The Dusters cruised through the round robin, and looked really strong going into the finals.  The Bulldogs had other ideas for them though, as this game was a good one.  The Dusters would draw first blood about 5 minutes into the period, with #19 Joseph Harguindeguy getting the opening marker.  The Bulldogs would come back with a pair in less than 2 minutes, as #88 Matthew Augustine and #9 Donovan Gutierrez would score back to back to give the Bulldogs the lead.  The first period would end with the Bulldogs clinging to a 2-1.

The Bulldogs would open up the second period with a quick goal scored by #87 Ty Murchison and assisted by #44 Jacob Posner.  With a 3-1 lead and goaltender KURT YANO playing so well, this lead would be tough to cut into for the Dusters.  The Bulldogs would score again to blow the game open, on a goal from #3 Cody Vadeboncoeur.  The Dusters would push back with just under 4 minutes left in the game when #19 Harguindeguy would score to try and get a rally started.  #88 Augustine, for the Bulldogs, would score an empty netter to seal the game.  The Bulldogs would skate to a 5-3 victory.  On a side note, it was nice to see a new set of faces for the tournament, as the Dusters have joined a long line of ice kids who are coming onto the roller scene.  I hope that they will stick with it, as their team, and their parents seemed to really enjoy fresh aspect to hockey that our tournament provided.

 

The Squirt Silver final showcased the LAJK ‘03s against Notion.  These teams were equally matched, and it showed as neither team was able to get anything done against the other for the first 11 minutes of the game.  Both goaltenders saw a lot of work, but were unrelenting when it came to giving up a goal.  LAJK would keep at it though, and their hard work paid off with less than 6 minutes to go in the first, when #91 Andre Gasseau would score a goal that was assisted by #17 Aiden Hreshcuk.  The first period would end in favor of LAJK 1-0.

It took less than 15 seconds for Notion to tie the game in the second period, with #13 Eric Hultenius getting the goal on an assist by #28 Blake Christiano.  Notion would take the lead at just under 11 minutes left in the game when #23 Thomas Farwell would score on a great individual effort.   LAJK would come back with a goal less than a minute later to tie the game at 2.  #98 Ean Samoza was the recipient of a #91 Gasseau pass to knot us up.  The teams both tightened up defensively again, as neither team wanted to give up the go ahead goal.  The pressure was mounting with under a minute left in regulation, when #23 from Notion, Thomas Farwell, picked up a loose puck, and fired it home to give his team the lead.  LAJK would throw a few good shots at the net in the last minute, but they were to no avail as Notion held on for the victory 3-2.

 

Top scorer for the Squirt Division had 11 goals and 4 assists for 15 points.  From the Anaheim Dusters #19 Joseph Harguindeguy.  The top goaltender for Squirts made 26 saves on 28 shots for a .917 save % from the Anaheim Dusters #1 Jared Guerrero.  

 

Pee Wee Division – The Pee Wee Division gold final was the Cal Rollers Black team against the HB Militia.  The Cal Rollers came out fast in this game, as they grabbed a quick lead scoring less than 2 minutes into the game on a goal from #91 Connor Tabone.  The Militia would come back with a goal at the 12:00 mark to tie the game when #37 Ryu Suzuki would take a pass from #19 Charley Lowe and put it in the net.  The game would slow down from there until with 3:07 left in the first, the Militia would find the net again.  This time it would be #11 AJ Green who would score to give the Militia the lead.  With less than a minute to play in the period, #11 Green would give the Militia a two goal lead.  The Cal Rollers, still intent on making a game out of this one, would score right before the buzzer in the first with #48 Ryan Robinson getting the goal.  

Unfortunately for the Cal Rollers, that is all they would get.  The Militia would shut them down in the second half, and add a couple of goals for insurance with #33 Tyler Browning, #11 AJ Green, scoring.  #88 Alexander would score the empty netter, and this one would be in the books as a 6-2 victory for the Militia.

 

The Pee Wee silver final had one of the many Outcasts teams playing against the CCM Bulldogs.  This game was a lopsided affair, as the CCM Bulldogs came out like gang busters early and continued to step on the gas late.  The Bulldogs scored with 11 minutes left in the first to open up the scoring.  The goal was scored by #87 Jack Garcia and assisted by #91 Rony Espino.  The Bulldogs would score again at the 5:00 mark when #13 Brayden Kohler would find the back the net.  Less than a minute later, it would be the Bulldogs again, with #15 Marty Torres getting the goal on an assist by #13 Kohler.  The Outcasts would score their lone goal of the game at 3:48 with #91 getting the marker.  

The Bulldogs would keep the pressure on, while only giving up 11 shots total.  #13 Kohler, #3 Vadeboncoeur, #15 Torres, and #91 Espino would all add goals to put this one out of reach, and take the gold medal 7-1.

 

Top scorer for the Pee Wee division had 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points, from Outcasts 99 #27 Christian Acosta.  The Top Goalies had a combined .917 save% from the Cal Roller Black team #78 Jared Levine, and #15 AJ Roth.

 

Bantam Division – This was our biggest division of the tournament, and provided the most fun for seeding.  It also provided some great finals games.  The Bantam Platinum final had the Outcasts playing against the Cal Rollers AAA squad.  This was a great game that featured two vastly different periods.  The Cal Rollers got on the board early in this game with #25 Cooper Ensign scoring an unassisted goal at the 15:30 mark.  The Outcasts would come back with just under 12 minutes to play and tie the game on a goal by #9 Chad Colwell, which was assisted by #53 Alex MacDonald.  #53 MacDonald would get on the scoreboard for the Outcasts again to give them the lead at roughly 8 minutes left in the first.  The Outcasts would extend their lead with under 2 to play, when #53 MacDonald would score again.  For good measure before the period ended, #13 Matt Poindexter would score to give the Outcasts a 3 goal lead going into the second period.

In the second period, the Cal Rollers came to play.  The Rollers would cut into the Outcast lead 3 minutes into the second frame on a goal by #25 Cooper Ensign.  The Outcasts would cling to their 2 goal lead, until late in the period when the Rollers would get a bit closer on a goal from #12 Austin Erickson.  That is as close as the Rollers would get though, as the Outcasts scored the dagger with 1:38 to play when #12 Brooks Mandryk scored to put the game out of reach.  The Rollers would add one more goal at the :19 mark, but that is all they would get.  The Outcasts would be our best Bantam team taking home a 5-4 win.

 

The Bantam Gold final gave us a show between the California 77’s and the Revision Vanquish.  The Vanquish scored early in this one, when #42 Cooper Haar scored on a nice play from #12 Casey Rhodes.  The teams would play back and forth for roughly 10 minutes, until late in the period, the 77’s would tie the game on a goal from #37 Derrick Beiter, which was assisted by Quillan Prenderville.  The Vanquish would stay calm and collected and score a late goal with #88 Lukas Uhler getting the goal.

The second period was all Vanquish, as their goaltender Conner Taherian would shut the door on the 77’s.  The Vanquish would add a couple of goals to their tally for good measure, from #12 Casey Rhodes, and #42 Haar.  The Vanquish would skate to the victory by a score of 4-1.

 

The Bantam Silver final was played late on Sunday, and each of the teams playing felt like they belonged in one of the higher tier final games.  It made no difference, as this is where they ended up, and they were going to work for the hardware.  The NCR Tour Elite and the CCM Bulldogs found themselves in a dogfight for the gold medals.  Most of the scoring in this game was done in the first period, and it was the Bulldogs getting on the board first on a goal from #1 Dakota Ristow assisted by #7 Brenden Bixler.  The Elite would come back to tie the game on a goal by #6 Khoa Nguyen which was assisted by #88 Christian Acosta.  The Bulldogs would retake their lead on a goal by #87 Conner King.  In the waning moments of the first, the Elite would tie the game again on a nice tipped power play goal by #81 Anthony Carter, which was assisted by #6 Khoa Nguyen.  The period would end 2-2.

Whatever the Bulldogs coach said in between periods, must have worked.  The Bulldogs came out relentless in the second period.  They chased down pucks and won battles.  Their hard work paid off when at 9:33 of the second, they scored to take the lead on a goal by #6 Gavin Sodders.  No matter what the Elite did, they could not crack the Bulldogs goaltender, as he kicked away puck after puck.  The Bulldogs would score another hard work goal as #1 Ristow would end the scoring just as he started it.  The Bulldogs would give up nothing else, as they would skate to the 4-2 victory.

 

The Bantam top scorer had 9 goals and 1 assist from the Skittles #54 Matt Wiesner.  The Top Goaltender had a .957 save %, and came from the Outcasts ‘97s #22 Aaron Gittings.

 

Midget Division – The Midget Platinum final featured the Raiders Green team, against a cinderella story XDH team.  Both of these teams had a hard time containing their emotions in this game, as it had the most penalties by far of any of our finals.  The Raiders got on the board first in this one with a goal by #98 Coby Downs.  XDH would come back with a goal with roughly 5 minutes left in the first period when #91 Tanner Fox would find the net.  The Raiders would then score a pair of goals in less than a minute when # 69 Riley Hummitsch would score, and #98 Downs would score his second of the game.  The Raiders would take a strong 3-1 lead into the period break.

I guess strong is a relative word, as most in the hockey world know that a 3-1 lead is the worst lead in hockey.  XDH would score to cut into the Raider lead at 11:32 when #83 Blake Dymond would score on a pass play from #76 Bailey Simpson.  It would be XDH again to tie the game at 6:02 as #91 Fox would get his second goal of the game.  Neither goalie would give up another goal, and we would be headed to overtime.  In the overtime period, there was a lot of action, with both teams taking the body and giving up their bodies to insure that no goals would be scored.  This one would head to a shootout.

The shootout would take 7 rounds to decide, as the goalies played strong throughout.  In the end, it would be XDH capping off a miracle when #76 Bailey Simpson scored the winning shootout goal to give them the victory.  Final score XDH 4, Raider Green 3 in a shootout.

 

The Midget Gold final had the Verbero Voltage and the Mission Outcasts facing off.  The Outcasts started the scoring in this game roughly 8 minutes in when #13 Wes Fry scored on a pass from #89 Alex MacDonald.  The Voltage would come back less than 30 seconds later to tie the game when #2 Alex Van Nuland took a bad turnover and put it back in the Outcasts net.  The Voltage would not get long to celebrate, as the Outcasts came right back to take the lead again on a goal by #89 MacDonald.  The Outcasts would add 2 more goals before the end of the period, with #79 Noble Edmund, and #89 MacDonald giving them some more breathing room.

In the second period, the Voltage would cut into the lead 3 minutes in when #15 Danny Kumata would score a goal on a pass from #21 Paul Hermle.  The Outcasts would extend the lead to 3 goals again when #89 MacDonald would get his hat trick, all but cementing the victory for the Outcasts.  Each team would add another goal, but it was the Outcasts day, as they cruised to the victory 6-4.

 

The top scorer for Midgets had 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points, from the Raiders Green, Adam Spaeth.  The Top goalie had a .964 save %, from the Alkali RPD #1 Kenny Eakle.

 

Junior Division – The Junior Platinum final had two Outcasts teams.  The Outcasts ‘92s and the Outcasts.  Both of these teams were very solid, but one of the teams is just a bit more polished than the other.  With most of the top Junior teams making up good portions of the Pro rosters, it is tough for any non pro team to hang with these guys.  The 92s are solid, and they came out quickly with a goal by #42.  The Outcasts, not to be outdone, came back with a goal of their own when #7 Kyle Aldrich scored to even the game.  The score stayed 1-1 until 8 minutes left in the first when the 92s went on a tear, scoring 6 goals in the remaining 8 minutes of the period to put the game out of reach.  The Outcasts tried to come back strong, but were only able to muster up one more goal.  The 92s put the screws in the Outcasts, and put them away with a strong one sided 9-2 victory.

 

The Junior gold final featured the Vanquish and the NAU college team.  These teams were very evenly matched, and both had fantastic goaltending.  Goalie phenom Angel Rios really showed his strength in this game as he turned aside everything that NAU could throw at him in the first period.  Matt Bertsch, from NAU, played just as well holding the Vanquish off of the board in the first as well.  

In the second period, it would be the Vanquish who would get on the board first when at 10:12 #98 Coby Downs would score to give them the lead.  NAU still had some fight left in them though, as 2 minutes later, they were able to even up the game on a goal from #5 Chris Eades.  This game looked as if it might take a little extra to figure out, but instead late in the game, it was #3 Lucas Hanson for the Vanquish who would score to give his team the lead again, on a nice pass from #19 Jeremy McHenry.  The Vanquish would find another open spot less than a minute later when they would score the insurance goal.  It would be #3 Lucas Hanson again scoring to secure the victory.  NAU played admirably, but they just ran out of gas and goals late.  Final score Vanquish 3, NAU 1.

 

The Junior top scorer had 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points.  From the Outcast 92s Chris Kumata.  The Top Goalie for the Juniors had a .923 save %, from the Outcasts 92s #1 Kenny Eakle.

 

Men’s Gold/Silver – The Men’s gold final featured a couple of teams that routinely do well in our tournaments, and I expect they will put together pretty solid squads for finals.  The NCR Tour Elite, and the Red Army.  Both of these teams are a throw back from the old days of hockey greatness both up in Nor-Cal, and So-Cal.  This was hopefully the start of a good friendly rivalry between the two.  The Red Army got the scoring started early when a minute and a half into the game #11 Tim Wender scored to give his squad the lead.  NCR would tie the game up midway through the first when #61 Rich Nash (no relation to Rick Nash) would score a goal on a shot clean up from #7 Kyle Aldrich.  NCR would score again a few minutes later to take the lead when #12 David Puckett would score on a pass from #4 Martin Flores.  Late in the period, it would be #7 Aldrich scoring the cushion goal from #4 Flores.  The period would end with the Elite taking a 3-1 lead into the half.

The Elite came out in the second just as hot as they ended in the first with #7 Aldrich scoring again to extend their lead.  The Red Army would wake up at this point and start making a game of it, when at 10:56 #92 Nikita Behm would score to cut into the Elite lead.  The period would wind away a bit until with under 6 minutes to play, the Elite would score as #4 Flores would find the net to bump the lead back up to 3 goals.  The Elite’s David Puckett would score his second of the game less than a minute later to give the Elite and insurmountable 4 goals lead.  The Red Army team would put it in desperation mode and score 3 goals in the last 2 and a half minutes, but that is as close as they would get.  The Elite would hold on for the Gold medal by a score of 6-5.

 

In the Men’s Silver final, we had the Dangl women’s team with a couple of male additions playing against a team that was enjoying their first taste of tournament play together, the Surf City Sabotage.  The Sabotage controlled this game from the drop of the puck and never really let Dangl get into it.  The Sabotage would score at the 12:00 mark of the first when #16 Joe Paquet would score.  While this was the last game of a very long Sunday night, the Sabotage fans were ecstatic.  The Sabotage seemed to feed off of the energy, as they scored again when #55 Alberto Mendez scored to give the Sabotage a 2 goal lead.  The first period would end with the Sabotage holding a 2-0 lead.  

The second period played out almost identically to the first.  Dangl could not find their feet, and they were unable to generate any offense.  The Sabotage scored a couple more goals when #78 Brandon Yost scored back to back to give them a 4 goal lead.  Chris Fredlow was dynamite between the pipes securing the only shutout in our final games.  Final score Sabotage 4, Dangl 0.

 

The top scorer for Men’s had 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points, from Dangl Joaquin Chavara.  The top goalie had a .938 Save %, from the NCR Tour Elite, Justin Kleinsmid.

 

Pro/Platinum Division – The Pro final featured a couple of teams that are very familiar with one another in the Pama Cyclones, and the Revision Vanquish.  This game was about as even as any of the games we saw throughout the tournament.  The Vanquish came out fast, when #19 Jeremy Materny scored a goal assisted by #22 Anthony Squirek.  The Vanquish would make it a two goal lead quickly when #91 Christian Weber scored with just under twelve remaining in the first.  Pama would come right back less than a minute later to cut the lead to one, when #91 Cam “The Stache” Prime would score.  The teams would skate pretty even up until Pama found the net again.  It would be #89 Eddie Limbaga scoring, while #10 Dana Richy would get the assist.  The Vanquish would regain their lead quickly, when off the next face off, they would take the puck straight down and deposit it into the Pama net.  #7 Jake Mays would score the goal unassisted.  With less than 2 minutes to play in the half, #7 Mays would score again on a play from #91 Weber, and the Vanquish would take a 2 goal lead into the half.

At the start of the second period, the Pama team would make a change in net, taking out Tim Tobin and putting in Corey Jones.  The move seemed to have worked, as Pama came out firing in the second.  Pama would score at 15:40 when #61 Joey Doran took a pass from Vince Free and deposited in the back of the cage.  Doran would be at it again a couple of minutes later as he fired the equalizer through the Vanquish netminder to tie the game.  Before it was all said and done, Pama would score 2 more goals by #89 Limbaga, and #10 Dana Richy, who looked as if he had borrowed someone else’s hands for the pretty little move he pulled off.  The Vanquish would not go quietly.  Less than a minute after Pama’s final goal, Vanquish goal scorer #91 Weber would score to cut into the Pama lead.  At 4:17 it would be the Vanquish again taking advantage of Pama’s D, when #91 Weber would complete his hat trick and tie the game.  Pama turned the jets back on, and started throwing everything they could at the Vanquish net.  After some early questionable goaltending, Angel Rios seemed to have found himself, and kicked away shot after shot.  Pama would come down on one final rush, but Rios was up to the challenge as he put the rebound into the corner and sparked a breakout from the Vanquish.  With less than a minute to go, it would be #91 Weber again scoring to give the Vanquish the lead, and subsequently the win in the Pro Division.  Vanquish 7, Pama 6.

 

In the Men’s Platinum final, we had the Hosers and the LV Tour Rebels fighting it out.  The Hosers knocked off a very good Outcasts team to get to this final, and the LV Tour Rebels felt they should have been in the Pro Final.  So this was an interesting game from the get go.  The Rebels got on the board first when at 13:13 #71 Nick Robone scored on a pass from #7 Andrew White.  The Hosers would come back 2 minutes later and tie the game on a goal from #14 David Baldwin which was assisted by his brother #9 Charles “Chucky Slick” Baldwin.  The Rebels would retake their lead with under six to play when #17 Shawn Peterson would score on a pass from #77 Chris Francis.  Again the Hosers would come back with a goal.  At the 5:20 mark of the first, it would be #25 Johnny Norris scoring to even things up.  The Hosers would have a defensive lapse late in the period, as with under 2 minutes to play they gave up goals to #77 Francis and #71 Robone respectively.  The Rebels would take a 4-2 lead into the period.

In the second, it would be Francis getting on the board again with a nice pass from #7 White.  The Hosers would do what they could to keep it close, as #17 Art Sprecher would score to cut the lead.  Unfortunately the lead was too much to handle, as the Rebels started pumping in the goals, with #17 Pearson scoring a pair, and #87 Micah Sanford padding his stats.  The Rebels would skate to the victory and the Platinum men’s gold medal by a score of 9-4.

 

The Pro top scorer had 7 goals and 2 assists for 9 points, from the Hosers Charles “Chucky Slick” Baldwin.  The top goalie had an astounding .851 save %, from the Revision Vanquish #1 Angel Rios.

 

A great tournament and a great time whenever we are in Irvine.  I have yet to go to Huntington Beach, but I am sure I will enjoy that tournament just as much.  I am looking forward to the action as we head toward the finish line in Florida.  Catch ya’ll on the flip side.