The Junior Hurricanes 14U Bantam AA Minor team hoisted the banner over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend by winning the Wishbone Classic at the Factory on Sunday.
The team went undefeated during round robin play to earn a spot in the championship with solid 9-2 and 6-1 victories in the first two games, followed by a hard-fought 2-1 victory against a physical Jr. Checkers team.
The team faced the Jr. Checkers again in the championship game and through focus, teamwork, and executing the plays the team has been working hard to perfect all season, the Jr. Canes came away with an impressive 5-0 shutout. This truly is a special group of kids who work hard, play as a team and support each other every step of the way.
The Squirt A Junior Hurricanes continued their winning ways by capturing their second tournament title in as many tries this past weekend at the Wishbone Classic in Raleigh NC. They started off Thanksgiving weekend by feasting on a good Eagles team in an 8-2 win. Their 2nd win of the weekend came on Saturday when they calmed the Rage team from South Carolina in another 8 tally performance 8-3. That same afternoon they ran into the undefeated Jr. Stingrays from Charleston who had not lost a game all year. They held off the Rays 3-2 in a hard fought battle.
Sunday morning the Jr. Canes faced off against the Reston Raiders and shut out the Virginia team 7-0. This set up a rematch against the Stingrays for the championship game on Sunday afternoon. The Jr. Canes continued their feverish passing game never allowing the Rays to get a lead and won the championship game 4-1. Strong passing and team play attributed to the 30 goals for and 8 goals against this past weekend. Their championship victory highlighted their 20th win of this young season.
Congratulations to the team and coaches for a great weekend!
This past week former Junior Hurricanes goalie Cameron Leonard signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Penn State next year. It is a big step and solidifies her commitment to the University.
You can read about the announcement on Penn State’s website here:
The Junior Hurricanes would like to congratulate Cam and wish her continued success in her career!
Logan Halladay was selected as co-winner for USHL Goalie of the Week award in the USHL. The former Jr. Cane won both his games this past weekend (and is on a 4 game personal winning streak). Halladay is currently playing for the Bloomington Thunder and has them in the middle of the standings early in the season. He has a very solid 92.6% save percentage and a 5-4-1-0 record on the season. Halladay is looking to excel in his last season of junior hockey before moving on to Merrimack College where he will attend next year.
U9AA Minor First Jr. Hurricanes Finalist at Bauer World Invite
Squirt AA Minor First Junior Hurricanes Finalist at the Bauer World Hockey Invitational
The Squirt AA Minor team had a historic weekend at the Bauer World Invitational Tournament in Chicago. The Junior Canes were one of ten teams playing in the U9 AAA Division and came to Chicago ready play. The Junior Canes were perfect in their bracket winning two games on Friday 8-3 over the Chicago Jets and 7-1 over the Nashville Junior Predators. On Saturday, the momentum continued with a 6-3 win against the Grosse Isle Islanders and 4-2 over the Arizona Bobcats.
With four wins the Canes earned a semi-final game against one of the top two teams from the other bracket and won an intense game 2-1 against the Atlanta Knights Sunday morning. Clinging onto a 2-1 lead with 1:55 to play the boys took two penalties on the same play and were faced with a 5-3 penalty kill that quickly turned into a 6-3 penalty kill when the Knights pulled their goalie. The same three penalty killers had to finish the game because there was not enough time for any changes. They played incredible as did the goalie and won the game in dramatic fashion and earned a trip to the Championship Game… a first for a Junior Hurricanes team at this tournament! Coach Andrew Barron said “the defense routinely controlled the play in the game, they were always looking to block shots and turn the puck up the ice quickly and our goalie earned the nickname 'Wall-y" for making some amazing five bell saves.”
The Championship against Kensington Valley, Michigan was a chess match of back and forth play. KV took an early 1-0 lead and it looked like the Junior Canes tied it 1-1 in the first but the goal was disallowed because of an early whistle. KV built on their lead with a couple of odd man rushes in the 2nd and scored two goals to take a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period. The boys were not about to give up and scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the period to make it 3-2. After several close chances to tie the game, the clock ran out giving the Kensington Valley Rebels a 3-2 win.
After the game, Coach Barron told the boys that their unselfishness and team play were second to none in this tournament. Almost all the goals scored had at least one assist, some two. The teamwork this team displayed made it difficult for opponents to defend.
The coaches are extremely proud of this very special group of boys. Many had a break through weekend in Chicago and are a force to be reckoned with in the future. The energy, positivity, and team play of both the parents and players make this team fun and exciting to watch and coach.
Congratulations to the Squirt AA Minor team for being the first Bauer World Hockey Invitational Tournament finalist!!!