TORHS2Hot4Ice Newest Addition a Big Success
As I've mentioned before, we believe that we have found a true winner in the Men's Aluminum Division. For the past few years I have watched different small market tournament series be successful with the beginner Adult players, so for the 2013 Tournament Season we added Adult Aluminum to the mix for Nationals. These guys play year round roller hockey, and are a huge part of every rink in the country. Why we haven't found a place for them to play more competitive tournament hockey is a big question to me.
In this division to eliminate teams that don't belong, you have to qualify at a Regional Tournament, and your roster may not change heading to Nationals. This weekend at the JCC we had 5 Aluminum teams compete, and almost every game was decided by 2 goals or less. That didn't change in the Aluminum Final.
The Alkali Impulse would meet a familiar opponent the Phoenix in one of the last games of the night here, and it was one of the better games of the whole weekend. Phoenix jumped out early, but the Alkali Impulse would rally back to cut the once 5-2 lead to 5-4. With just over 30 seconds left in regulation, Alex Silverson would knot things up as he through a puck towards the net that squeaked through Phoenix goalie David Princlers legs. In a Regional Tournament when tied at the end of regulation in a playoff game, we go to a 3 on 3 sudden death period, then if still tied we head to a 2 on 2 sudden death period, followed by a shootout. Well, you guessed it both goalies (Princler and Justin Spavale) played great in the OT periods so we headed to a shootout. The final shooter of the day, Brad White of Alkali Impulse would add to his great tournament with the game winning goal to give Impulse the 6-5 win.
Division Awards were as follows: Top Dishman - Valentin Bragan (Alkali Impulse), Top Goalie - Jimmy Whalen (IHC), and High Scorer - Brad White (Alkali Impulse).
A big thank you to all the teams this weekend that participated in the first Aluminum Division, especially to Mike Farinelli and David Princler who brought teams from Joe Dumars' Fieldhouse to make sure the division was a success.