The 18u Wings had won a few regional tournaments
this year but their ultimate goal was to win a National Championship. That road
would end in Taylor, Michigan at TORHS. They opened up their campaign against
rivals, Bar Down Billionaires. Both teams would fight hard but the Wings would
come out on top by the score of 5 to 3. Next, the Wings would play a hard
working Great Britain team. The Wings would win with the help of a great
shootout goaltending performance by Shane Irwin and Russ Rizzos new move, the
backhand, between the legs of the goaltender.
In the next game the Wings would play Black Ice out of Long Island.
Irwin would turn aside all 11 shots in route to a 4-0 shutout win. The Wings
would play another Black Ice team in their last round robin game. They would
mercy them 9-1. The Wings were given the 2nd
seed, losing the
tiebreaker to Pittsburgh Fusion. The Wings would play the 3rd
seeded, Bar Down Billionaires. The Billionaires were short their best 3 players
as they got into some fisticuffs with Great Britain at the end of their quarter
finals game. The Wings would win the game 5-3 and would face Pittsburgh Fusion
in the National Championship game. The Wings were down 3-2 going in to the
second half before Chad Loughren tied the game early in the 2nd
overtime, Russ Rizzo would take a hooking penalty to stop a scoring chance. The
Fusion would score on the ensuing powerplay to win the National Championship.
The Wings would take home the silver medal.
The Junior team had the same thing on their mind
as the 18u team, a National Championship. They started the tournament against
Nex Gen, from Pennsylvania. They were a new team and the Wings got the better
of them by the score of 3-1. Next, the Wings would play Great Britain. They
would play them well and win 5-1. The Wings next opponent was the GoodSport
Jaguars out of New Jersey. A Wings match penalty in the first period would lead
to 3 powerplay goals and ultimately a 5-1 Jaguars win. The Wings final round
robin game was against Tour Excitement. They would play them hard and seemed to
have tied the game late in the second but a quick whistle ended the threat.
They would lose 4-3. After an upset in Round Robin play the Wings would get the
number 2 seed. They would seek revenge against the GoodSport Jaguars. The Wings
would mercy them 9-1. The Wings then met the number 4 seed, Great Britain, in
the National Championship Game. Great Britain scored midway through the first
to make it 1-0. Then, with 9 seconds left in the first half, Shaun Golden put
one past the goalkeeper to tie it up. The next 28 minutes were scoreless. The
teams would need double overtime to decide the contest. In double overtime,
Todd Lyness won the faceoff in his own zone, faked a slapshot, walked around
the defensemen and went bardown to win the game. Shaun Golden was named the
teams MVP as he played the last 20 minutes of the game.