I'm back..... 18u and 21u Torhs Regional recap!
The 18u team came back home with some new faces and the home town on their side. They started their weekend against the Buffalo Wolfpack on Friday evening and ended the game in the first period with a 8-0 Mercy, with the help of Anthony Days 4 goal performance. Next they would play the newly formed Buffalo Fusion. The game was very chippy but the Wings ended up on top and clinched a spot in the Championship game, the following day. The Wings would play Excitement in a round robin game. The two would meet in the Championship game regardless of the outcome. The Wings would go up 3-0 but see their lead slip away, and Excitement would end up winning 5-3. The following day the two teams met in the finals. The Wings would take an early lead yet again, but this time would not give it up. They would go on to capture the Gold Medal 6-2.
The 21u team got their first chance to play as a team this past weekend. They started out strong with a win over the Revision Buffalo Wings Green team. They are the Wings 30 and over team with a few last minute pick ups. Next, they played Cincinnati Smoke and handled them with ease. To wrap up the round robin play they took on Excitement. A win meant a trip to the Tier 1 playoffs and a lost meant fate would decide where they would fall. They would lose that game 5-3. The Excitement scored a buzzer beater on an empty which cost the 21u team a trip to the Tier 1 playoffs. In the Tier 2 semi finals, the Wings would play Buffalo Stampede. They started off strong and beat them with ease and would play The Revision Buffalo Wings Green team again, with Gold on the line. However, they would have more trouble with the bunch this time around. The 21u team was up by one with a few minutes left until Dave “RV Nation” Spina put a clapper past Robert Tates, the 21u goalkeeper, to tie the game. The game went into overtime and was ended on a Justin Banazack slapshot; he was named the games MVP. Robert tates won top goalie and Chad Shaw was the Top Scorer.
Greetings from Long Island!
Recently I played with the Revision Buffalo Wings 21u team under Coach John Brown at the TORHS regional at the “Amherst Spina Center.” We played pretty well, as it was the first time we had played together. We went 2-1 in the Round Robin and got the top seed in Tier 2. We beat Buffalo Stampede in the semis and Revision Buffalo Wings Green in the finals. They were the 30 and over team, with a few pickups. They should do some damage when they play over 30 and over teams cause they have been successful against adult teams. Also, I helped Johnny coach 18s and they took home the Gold against Tour Excitement.
Lastly, the reason I was giving a blog…UB Roller Hockey! As a club I think we were disappointed with our results at Nationals. The B team lost in the first round of the playoffs. However, we lost 3 games by a combined 4 goals and our only win was by 8 goals. The D1 team beat Lindenwood and UMSL in the round robin and got the number 1 overall seed entering the bracket portion of the tourney. They beat Stony Brook and Central Florida in the first two rounds before losing to Arizona State in the semis. But we can’t let this overshadow the fact that we did win both D1 and B Division ECRHA Championships.
The Brooklyn Dodgers had a saying “There’s always next year.” We have some big names coming in, including Revision Wings goalie prospect, Shane Irwin. Also we have a goalie from Long Island that won the HS Championship down there that has expressed interest in playing for us. I’ve gotten emails from kids from Long Island, Hudson Valley, California and even Alberta, Canada saying they want to play. Also, we have a few players that have played ice for Monroe Community College in the NJCAA they may play. I know we are losing a lot of players including Golden and Walser but the future looks bright for UB Roller Hockey.
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