Our winter season is wrapping up and the spring season will be starting soon. We are offering our spring small sided hockey (3 on 3 and 4 on 4), as well as our Middle School and High School programs. All will run from early April through the end of May. We will have evaluations for the Middle and High School programs the week of March 23 before Spring Break.
In order to have a great season, we need players and coaches alike. If your player wants to participate, please sign up online today. Prices remain the same as last year. If you have experience and a coaching card, please consider volunteering to coach for one of these programs. For 3 on 3, please contact Herman Cho at
. For the school programs, please contact Chris Dorow at
More information about these programs can be found online under our Programs tab.
The Tri-Cities PeeWee Rep Jr. Americans celebrate their championship effort in Phoenix.
This past weekend the Tri-Cities Jr. Americans PeeWee Rep team attended the Arizona Hockey Union’s 2015 Presidents’ Day Invitational Hockey Tournament in Phoenix, which is highly regarded as the largest hockey tournament in the United States. After six games in four days, Coach Doc Anderson’s squad emerged victorious. In their first game the Jr. Ams came out a little flat and ended up losing to the Atlanta Fire 3-6. All in attendance were confident that the team could win a rematch with this team, but with a ten team single division field it would take a long time to know if a rematch would even be a possibility.
In Saturday morning’s first game of the day, the squad came out firing on all cylinders and was able to return to their winning ways with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Hockey Union’s Black Knights. They would return to the ice twelve hours later in the last game of the day and win a very physical game over the LA Jr. Kings 9-1. Sitting at 2-1, the team found themselves back in control of their own destiny. They were in a two-way tie for the fourth and final position in the championship round with the Orange County A3 team, who as luck would have it was their final opponent in the seeding round. Once again the Jr. Ams were able to show their mettle, gutting out a 4-2 victory over a very strong opponent to claim the fourth seed in the championship round.
After a very short overnight break, the team would face off against the #1 seed, the Tri-Valley Blue Devils of Northern California. The Jr. Ams were able to dominate the game and ended up winning 6-2. With the win, Doc’s team gained the opportunity to avenge their opening day loss, as the Atlanta Fire had squeaked by the Pasadena Leafs 4-3 in the other semi-final game.
The championship game started with the Atlanta team gaining the upper hand. The Jr. Ams found themselves fighting back rush after rush. Nevertheless, the whole team’s defensive effort and some outstanding stops by goalie Deryk Anderson kept the game knotted at zero. As the period wore on, the Jr. Ams began to even the balance of the game but could not find the net. After the first period the game was still tied 0-0.
The second period continued the even play of the game for almost 11 minutes. Then with two minutes remaining in the second period, winger Cam Langston was able to break the tie with a breakaway goal. The balance of the period would be a seesaw battle, but both defenses were up to the challenge and the second period ended with the Jr. Ams holding a paper-thin one goal lead.
In the third period the teams upped the ante and the game became even more physical. Six minutes in the Atlanta team was able to kill off a 3-5 to stay within one. Then with just under five minutes to go, the Atlanta Fire were able to tie the game with a highlight-worthy charge that caught the Tri-Cities defense unprepared. The balance of the period found both teams with great scoring opportunities, but neither team finding the back of the net. And so it would be that this sixth game of the weekend for both teams would go to overtime.
To start the extra frame the Jr. Ams would come out of the PK with a renewed intensity. Time and again the Tri-Cities team would be on the attack, but just couldn’t find the net. Then with less than two minutes until the shootout, Casey Heiman would grab the puck from a scrum in front of the opposing net and lift it over a sprawling goalie to grab the sudden death overtime victory 2-1.
The tournament as a whole as a great opportunity for the team and parents alike, and the rest of the day would find the group enjoying their long-awaited pool party soaking up the beautiful Phoenix weather. In addition to the championship hardware, the Jr. Ams took home numerous individual awards as well. Cam Langston led the entire division with 10 goals, 14 points, and 14 penalty minutes. Fellow forward Ethan Ennen was first with nine assists and second in points with 13. Goalie Deryk Anderson was first in saves with 80, and fellow goalie Andrew Tworkowski was second overall with a .909 save percentage.