The 2007 US NATIONALS begins play Friday May 4, with a field of 14 teams. This is the 33rd year for the Nats and the Leominster Jets are out to defend their crown.
The Jets are heavily favored to repeat, the team has several members that played on the Jr team that won the GOLD MEDAL in the ISBHF World Championships last June in Aosta Italy. www.ISBHF.com. Bobby Vorse in goal and combinations of Nick Caponi, Matt Levesque and Andrew Hildreth make the Jets a tough opponent . Formidable contenders for the Crown, the 06 CAN AM Champs and 05 National Champions, the Rams always tough to beat, field a strong team of veterans, Tom Perla, Jeremy Goguen, Allstar defencemen Chris MacKenzie and Joe Russo and the timeless Cury Breau in goal. New to the roster Nats 06 MVP Cody Warlia and Bobby Housser MVP at the World's.
The Rams are missing #19 - Josh McKenna who is currently stationed in Iraq. We are all wishing him a safe return.
Team Pittsburgh who lost 2-1 in OT in 05 and 06 bring a mix of veteran and young guns to the court. Led by Steve Russel, Dave Welsh last years MVD Dave Williams and sniper Ryan Kosinski Team Pittsburgh will look to capture the crown.
The 2003 US National Champions Gr Boston Stars coached by Peter Walters will challenge all the favorites. With two of the best goalies in the game, Dennis Beaupre and Tony Coridio and a stellar line up, that include Allstar Doug Cedille and Jeff Dadarrio the Stars are tough to beat and can upset any team in their sites.
You cannot count out former finalist Elite from Leominster, who boast a powerful young line up, Adam Meza, Matt Skeehan, Doug Nickle and steady Shaun Comeau in goal. Other potential strong teams, that could contend Mike DeSilva's Lowell Islanders, All time great defenceman Dan Broderick's Seahawks, the Mustangs run by player coach Dave Knight, and Lester Wilson's City Cab Cyclones with a spirted roster. The PA Knights run by Pete DiPasquale, with a solid roster could surprise many teams.
New to the field this year, Chad Poor's Demon's, three young teams two from Leominster the Saints and Coyotes boast future stars of the game, while the Fall River Warriors round out the line up.
The US NATIONALS for Street Hockey and Dekhockey is a 3 Game Round Robin event, sponsored by MYLEC and sanctioned by the IDTA and Street Hockey USA the Official Governing Body of the Sport.
The Schedule is printable in the download section of the web site. Watch Monday for the final results
FRIDAY GAME Scores Gr Boston Stars 7-0 Mass Law Saints, Rams 8-0 Leominster Coyotes, Lowell Islanders 2-2 Cyclones (Islanderes scored with .09 seconds left in the game.)
SATURDAY GAME Scores Elite 7-0 Mass Law Saints, Seahawks 6-1 Fall River Warriors, Jets 3-2 Lowell Islanders, PA Knights 3-2 City Cab Cyclones, Coyotes 2-1 Lowell Demons, Rams 5-1 Mustangs.
Jets 6-0 City Cab Cyclones, Lowell Islanders 2-2 PA Knights, Team Pittsburgh 6-0 Fall River Warriors, Rams 7-0 Lowell Demons, Leominster Coyotes 2-1 New Bedford Mustangs (Recap) Coyotes upset Mustangs to advance to a playoff Quarter Final. Jets 2-0 PA Knights, Lowell Demons 1-0 Mustangs, Elite 4-1 Seahawks, Gr Boston Stars 13-2 Fall River Warriors, Team Pittsburgh 8-1 Saints.
SUNDAY Quarter Finals Elite 5-2 Jets (Game was 2-2 near the end of the 2nd when Elite Matt Beauchmin notched the winner, Adam Meza and Steve Carkin scored the next 2 goals to make it 5-2.
Stars 4 vs 1 Seahawks ( Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Pat Sullivan and Tom Gallagher, the Seahawks cut the lead but the Stars James Bloxson and Rob Valley added insurance tallies. Seahawk Matt Ianello scored their lone goal. The Stars and Elite advance to the Semi's
Team Pittsburgh 4 vs 0 Coyotes ( Team Pittsburgh got 2 goals each from veteran Steve Russell and Dave Zimmick, Ed Pielen posted the shutout). Rams 4 vs 0 PA Knights ( Rams got goals from Joe Russo, Tim Richard, Jeremy Goguen and Chris MacKenzie to advance to the Semi's for the 2nd straight year against Team Pittsburgh. Curly Breau recorded the shutout.
Gr Boston Stars 2 -1 OT vs Elite. Stars Brandon Dribit put his team up early in the first period, Elite Doug Nickel made a goaul mouth pass to Adam Meza to the tie the game with 3:12 left to send the game into overtime. 1:23 into overtime Rob Sheridan of the Stars knocked a rebound over Kevin Clem to send his team to the final.
Rams advanced to the Finals defeating Team Pittsburgh in a hard fought battle 2-0 with an empty netter. Goalie Al Pater turned away 36 shots in defeat. After a scoreless first period Rams Conan Langlois came out of the corner and wristed a shot past Pater. Pittsburgh had several good chances late in the 3rd period, but Rams netminder Curly Breau came up big. Pete McKenna scored into the empty net with 18 seconds left.
Rams captured the 33rd US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS of StreetHockey/Dekhockey with a 3-0 victory over the Gr Boston Stars. The key to the Rams victory was their stingy mobile defence and forwards who tirelessly backchecked, only allowing 9 shots on goal, while firing 30 at Stars Tony Coridio MVG who made many spectacular saves. Outshooting the Stars 8 to 2 in the first period Rams Dante Suarez won a key faceoff with 22 seconds left, back to Joe Russo MVD who blasted a slapshot from the point 1 - 0.
The second period the Rams took 16 shots and after a 4 shot flurry rookie Bobby Housser stole the ball from a Stars players and slid a wrist shot past Coridio for a 2 to 0 lead. The third period was a blueprint of the previous period liminting the Stars to just 4 shots.
Rams cinched the victory when Dante Suarez poked home a Russo shot 3-0. Peter Walters the Stars coach had a high powered offence with many standout players during the tourney, Doug Cedille, Rob Sheridan, James Bloxson. The Rams mobile defence of Steve Kendall, Tom Perla, Chris MacKenzie, Dan Richard, Russo and Conna Langlois held teams to just 1 goal during the tournament. Rams Rick Breau in goal recorded the final game shutout and his 5th of the tourney, Breau had a record 0.16 goals against average.
The Rams launched three solid lines, at their opponents, Brad Forrest, Kevin Lizotte, Ted Reynolds & Dante Suarez, then Jeremy Goguen with rookies Bobby Housser and Cody Warila and a power line Pete McKenna MVP, Brian Reynolds and Leading Scorer Tim Richard 4 goals 6 assists. The Rams were coached by John Stamas and Ray Richard. This was the 17th time the Rams have won the US Nationals since the team was formed in 1976.