Slap Shot Tournament - Day Two and Three
Written by: David Nicoletti
Day two of the Slap Shot Tournament was upon us Saturday morning. Today we would have an action-packed seven games on the schedule to cover for you.
Up first for game number one, we would have the Crabs taking on Reider for a 7:45 a.m. match-up.
The Crabs would get the game started by scoring two unanswered goals to take an early 2-0 lead. Reider would add one near the end of the first to make it 2-1 after 13 minutes of play. The Crabs would then go on to add one more in the second to make it a 3-1 game heading into the third.
Reider would add a goal early in the third but the Crabs would come back to score three goals to take the game at a final score of 6-2. The final shots on goal would be 24-16 for the Crabs.
Up next for game number two, we would have Reider taking on the Thunder for a 9 a.m. puck drop.
Both teams would remain scoreless through one period of play. The Thunder would then kick the second period off by scoring two unanswered goals in the first minute of the period. They would add two more as the period would go on, making it a 4-0 game after 34 minutes of play.
The Thunder would then add two more goals to cap off the game at a final score of 6-0. The final shots on goal would be 23-15 for the Thunder.
Game three would feature a 10:15 a.m. puck drop between the Mustangs and Reider.
The Mustangs would get the scoring started by scoring goals late in the period to make it a 3-0 lead after one. Reider would respond with a goal of their own to make it 3-1 after two periods. The score would remain the same as the game would come to a close. Final shots on goal would be 33-26 for Reider.
For game number four on the list, we would have the Vipers taking on the Stars for an 11:45 a.m. puck drop.
An empty score sheet would be the result after the first 15 minutes of play. The Vipers would outshoot the Stars after one period 29-4. The Vipers would finally get one past the Stars early in the second to make it a 1-0 game. George would record the goal for the Vipers. Shots were 38-11 for the Vipers heading into the third period.
The Vipers would then go on to add three more goals in the third before closing the game out with a win over the Stars 4-0. The final shots on goal were 51-16 Vipers.
Game number five was up next, for this one we would see the Panthers taking on Reider for a 1:15 p.m. start.
Reider would get on the board first to kick off the game, as it would be 1-0 after one period of play. They would add two more in the second to make it a 3-0 game heading into the third. Three more would be added in the third from their side of the score sheet. The game would come to a close as Reider would walk away with the 6-0 win over the Panthers. Final shots on goal would be 47-5 for Reider.
Up next we would have the Stars taking on the Ice Cats for a puck drop start of 2:45 p.m.
The Ice Cats would kick things off by scoring two unanswered goals in the game's first 15 minutes. Addy and Gibbon would be the ones who would help make it 2-0. Two more would be added for the Ice Cats in the game’s middle frame. That would be all she wrote as the final score would be 4-0 Ice Cats over the Stars. The final shots on goal would be 32-31 for the Ice Cats.
Finally, to end off day two, the Warriors would be in action taking on the Badgers for a 4:15 p.m. puck drop.
Five total goals would be scored in the game's first set of fifteen. Four by the Warriors, and one by the Badgers. The Warriors would outshoot the Badgers after one period 27-2. The Warriors would go on to add four more goals in the middle frame of the game, extending their lead to 8-1. The mercy rule running clock would be on as the Warriors would end the game defeating the Badgers at a final score of 13-1. The final shots on goal would be 65-11 for the Warriors.
The third and final day of the Slap Shot Classic got underway Sunday morning. We would see one game on the schedule to kick things off before we would get to witness our six championship games to round out the tournament.
Our opening game would take place at 7:15 a.m., as the Icers would take on the Crabs.
The Crabs would get off to an early 1-0 lead within the game's first minute. The Icers would respond with an early one of their own in the second, but the Crabs would add another one midway through the period to make it a 2-1 game going into the third.
The Icers would go into the third and score two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead on the Crabs. The Crabs would then find themselves in some penalty trouble and the Icers would respond to take a 4-2 lead. This would end the game as the Icers would take it over the Crabs. Final shots on goal would be tied at 22-22 for both teams.
Next up would be the start of our championship games. Up first, the Bantam A Championship, the Warriors would take on the Ice Cats for an 8:30 a.m. start.
The first period would end up scoreless for both sides. However, it would be the Ice Cats getting on the board first, going on to score three unanswered goals to go up 3-0 on the Warriors. Krynock, Boozer, and Shaffer would record the goals. Assists would be awarded to Gibbon (2), Boozer, and Putt. The Warriors would respond with a late power-play goal, as it would be 3-1 going into the third. McKelvey would get the goal with the assists going to Blough and Hoffman.
The Ice Cats would add another early in the third to make it a 4-1 game. Boozer would get his second of the game with the assist going to Gibbon. That would be a wrap, as the Ice Cats would be named Bantam A Champions as the score would remain. The final shots on goal would be 27-27.
Up next would be the 18U Championship game, as the Warriors would take on Reider for a 10 a.m. start.
A scoreless frame would be the result after 15 minutes of play. Reider would then go on to score the game's first set of goals. It would be 2-0 heading into the third. Reider would then go on to score four unanswered goals in the third, taking the game and the 18U Championship over the Warriors 6-0. Final shots on goal would be 56-17 for Reider.
Our Bantam AA Championship game would be up next, as we would see the Elites take on Evolve for an 11:30 a.m. puck drop.
The Elites would get the game started by scoring the game's first goal midway through. Evolve would however come back to score two unanswered goals and end the first period on top 2-1. Evolve would then go on to score two more goals in the second to make it a 4-1 game. The Elites would add one more while Evolve would add three more. Evolve would end up on top as Bantam AA Champions at a 7-2 final score. Final shots on goal would be 50-17 for Evolve.
Up next would be the PW A Championship game, as a 1 p.m. meeting would be scheduled between the Crabs and the Icers.
The Icers would go up on the Crabs 2-0 early as the first 13 minutes would go and come by. The Crabs would add one midway through the second, cutting the Icers two-goal lead to one heading into the third period. The Crabs would add one more, however, the Icers would go on to add two more in the third, as it would be an Icers PW A Championship at a final score of 4-2.
The PW AA Championship would be next, as a 2:30 p.m. puck drop meeting would take place between the Crabs and Reider.
The Crabs would start the first by scoring three unanswered goals. This would be followed by a Reider goal, then a Crabs goal, ending the period with a Reider goal to make it 4-2 after one. Reider would add one in the second frame to cut the Crabs lead to one goal. The Crabs would not be stopped, as they would go on to score two more goals in the final frame. The Crabs would take the PW AA Championship at a final of 6-3. The final shots on goal would be 25-22 Crabs.
Finally, to wrap up this Slap Shot Classic Youth Tournament, the U16 Championship was here. A 4 p.m. meeting would be the site between Reider and the Vipers. Reider would get the game's first goal early in. Then an awkward scene of events, as the whole Vipers team would leave the ice and into their locker room to switch into their red jerseys from their whites since Reider wears grey. The score would remain the same after the first 15 minutes of play.
The Vipers would add one to the scoreboard in the second period. This would make it a tied 1-1 game with the shots tied 11-11 heading into the final frame of the game, and tournament. Reider would go on to add one in the third which would later bring a close to the game. Reider would take the U16 Championship over the Vipers at a final score of 2-1. Final shots on goal would be 15-14 for Reider.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is a wrap on this year's Slap Shot Classic. Congratulations to all the teams who took home the Cup in their divisions. Well deserved all around!