Photo Credit: Carolina Premier Hockey
Hear from Program Director Jon de Castro on the success of many Carolina Premier Hockey teams this week.
Beat the Long Island Arrows 08′ AA 6-1
Lost 4-0 to NJ Hitmen AAA
Lost 6-5 & 6-2 to Westchester Express
2009 AAA: Rochester
The 2009 Carolina Premier Hockey team traveled to Rochester, New York to participate in the “2022 Rochester Border Battle” over the Veterans Day weekend. The tournament featured twelve AAA programs from New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and our team from North Carolina. The kids played their hearts out but were unable to notch a victory in 5 tries over 3 days vs. some high quality competition. While not reflected in the score, many of our games saw us take early leads, and the kids performance improved throughout the weekend. It’s also important to note while most view victories as a measure of success, we’d note that success in how we play is equally important. Much of the skill work and other intangibles (like teamwork and accountability) we’ve been working on in practice showed up on the ice during these games. Each one of the kids had some moments of success as well as things they need to work on regarding their individual and team play that can be used as catalysts for future success. Notable performances over the weekend were from Asher L. and Matt C. who each netted their first goals of the season. Charlie K., Brayden A. and Mitch A. each had 2 and John S. netted one.
2011 AAA: Rochester
The Carolina Premier 2011 AAA team left Charlotte Thursday shortly after the announcement of their teammate Carter Dorley. Carter had a seizure during school on Wednesday, scans showed a brain tumor. Carter underwent surgery the following day, and the team rallied for Carter’s namesake. Once in Rochester the team was greeted by a familiar face to many, Lucas Silva. The 2011’s began their five game weekend with tough competition from The Jersey Hitmen. Cruthers, Sweeney, Sisti, McAuliffe, all scored goals tying the Hitmen in game one. Game two put a win on the board for CPH with goals by Schieb, Sisti, Evfarestov, Hovey, Silva, Sweeney, and Cruthers against Westchester Express. The 2011’s came up short Saturday against The Jr. Whalers and top 20 ranked Mercer Chiefs. Sundays competition shaped up to be a rematch against Mercer and resulted in a playoff elimination for the 2011’s despite a hard fought battle with a short bench. While the team battled hard in Rochester Carter was recovering from brain surgery and is waiting to be discharged tomorrow as the team is anxious to get back and see their teammate. This week the team will practice in preparation for their first ever outdoor game in Charlotte at Truist Field.
10U AA: The Show Tournament in Cincinnati
They opened with a tough loss to start the tournament followed by a physical game 2 that ended in a 3-3 tie. Day two saw the team take a late start against the same team they had lost to on day one only to see them skate to a 4-2 win. Goaltender Max “GMAXX” Noel stand on his head while getting offensive support from Ryan Burns, Chase Johnston, Cam Riemer, & Gavin Miles.
With one guaranteed game left to play, the team needed a tie or better to get to the finals. After going down 0-1 in the first 5 minutes, the team decided to come together and really dictate play. Goaltender Landon Starbuck made some timely saves, and defenseman Gavin Miles carried the team offensively with a hat trick.
Having the late game the night before and the early game on Championship Sunday didn’t fare well for the 10UAA team as they lost in the finals 5-2.
12U A: Liberty University Weekend
12u traveled to Liberty University this weekend. The Lynchburg coyotes hosted CPH for two games. CPH went 0-2 but it did not disappoint this weekend. Sundays game was 3-2 with 7 minutes to go before the scoring turned to the Coyotes favor. The highlights of the weekend included the entire team attending and watching Liberty university club D1 own Delaware 10-0. Also the Captains were picked by the players and announced by the coaches that the Captain of the team is Connor Kubitz, and the alternates were being awarded to Raiden Kiger, and Kylee Holdenrid.”
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