The Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association Peewee Tigers on Sunday won their second tournament, the Thanksgiving Classic, at the Ice House in Hackensack in the Peewee A division, following their victory in the Silver Stick Northeast Regional Qualifier Tournament in October. After winning all of their qualifying games during the extended weekend and the finals Sunday afternoon, the Tigers’ season record now stands at an impressive 19-3-2.
Following dominating wins in the three qualifying games, the Tigers, aged 11-12, went through a nail-biter in the finals. Playing the Montclair Blues, a team they had beaten 5-2 only that morning, the Tigers took a total of 45 shots but were only able to get one through to stake an early lead. Montclair managed to tie it up not long after, and the score remained 1-1 through the rest of the game and a five-minute overtime, with Tiger goalie Tommy Spero turning away a total of 15 shots. The two goalies’ impressive play continued nine rounds into the tie-breaking shoot-out, as only one shooter on each team was able to get the puck in the net. Finally, in the ninth round, Tiger forward Colin Lavan’s shot glanced off the Montclair goalie’s left leg pad and into the goal to secure the Tiger victory.
“It was good to see everyone contribute. Each forward scored at least one goal during the tourney, the defense was great throughout the weekend and Tommy played well especially in the shootout,” said Tigers head coach Brian Payne.
The MYHA Peewee Tigers continue their season this weekend and will make their next tournament appearance in late January at the Silver Stick International Tournament in Port Huron, Michigan, facing regional tournament winners from around the US and Canada.
About MYHA. The Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association is a private, non-profit, parent-run corporation founded in 1994. Unlike many other travel teams which draw players from a wide area, MYHA teams consist primarily of Town of Mamaroneck resident boys and girls aged 7-18. MYHA’s select travel team ice hockey program is sanctioned under USA Hockey, with most first teams (Tigers), second teams (Cubs) and third teams (Cheetahs) competing in either the Long Island Amateur Hockey League or the Hudson Valley Hockey League. For more information about MYHA, see www.myhahockey.com.
— Submitted by Steve Lehman