Hyland Hills teams were winning across the Country over President's Day weekend.
Here are a few highlights.
Congratulations to ALL!
The Hyland Hills Midget Black team entered the Slapshot tournament hoping to have a fun weekend of hockey and some extra ice time. After the weekend games, the Black entered the playoffs the only unbeaten and un-matched team. Playing their best hockey of the year, the Black knocked off a tough NYCH White(?, Dave help me out here) team in the semifinal Monday morning at the Ice Haus in Greeley. After an emotional day of schedule changes and tough hockey, the Black fell to the AYHL Stars and claimed the runner up banner with pride. Thanks to coach Sousa, Semp and Finley.
The Hyland Hills Bantam AA team had a great weekend in Phoenix, AZ during the Presidents’ Day Phoenix Invitational Tournament Feb. 13-16 2015. The weather was fantastic and so was the hockey! The Jaguars brought home the banner for our division by defeating the Houston Wild 7 1 in the Semi Sunday night, and then the Sno-King Jr Thunderbirds 2 0 in the Championship game at the Chandler Ice Den. The winning power play goal, scored by Adam Tilger assisted by Josh Kelnhofer and Nathaniel Benton came in the 3rd period. This team knows how to pull it all together when it counts and demonstrated that hard work pays off in the end. Parents and families all had a great time enjoying the Arizona sun, and we are all ready to tackle the last regular season game vs DU. Go Jags!! A big “thank you" goes out to our coaches and their spouses for the hours of dedication and sacrifices you make for our players and for the love of the game. It wouldn’t be possible without you!
Congratulations to the Midget Minor AA for sweeping the competition and bringing home the banner in the 2015 Colorado Springs Presidents Day Tournament. The Jaguars went undefeated against teams from San Diego, Utah, Montana, New Mexico and Anaheim and outscored the teams a total of 32-2.
Hyland Hills PeeWee A Complete the Sweep of the California State Winter Games
The Hyland Hills Jaguars PeeWee A team won the California State Winter Games championship in San Diego, California by defeating the Bakersfield Dragons by a score of 5-1 on Monday February 16, 2015 thanks to the great performance of Ben Marquis in goal, tenacious play by the D and another strong offensive effort. After trailing 1-0 through the 1st period, Imaad Siddique scored a breakaway redirect goal early in the 2nd period to knot the score at 1-1. One could say the tying goal opened the flood gates, as the team went on to score four additional unanswered goals in the 2nd period to make it a 5-1 final score.
The Pee Wee A team was invited to skate against a local San Diego Saints team in a pre-tournament game on Thursday and started of the long weekend with an 8 to 3 win. They took advantage of the situation to get their sea legs on and a chance to play at the arena where they would play the rest of the weekend.
Carrying the momentum from the night before, the team opened up their “official” tournament play on Friday, February 13, 2015 against a very good Anaheim Jr. Ducks squad, where it battled through a hard fought and physical game for a 2-1 victory. Imaad Siddique started the scoring with his first goal of the tournament. Jackson Knutsen knocked in a rebound goal that came off an initial shot by Brennan Hill to notch the game winner.
On Saturday, there was no rest for the weary as the HHHA PW A team faced a talented Redwood City Black Stars (San Francisco area) team that had won the day before with a 10-1 victory over its opponent. After falling behind 3-0 midway through the 2nd period and a brief inspirational moment at the bench involving both players and coaches, the HHHA PW A team began to mount its comeback when Sam Reinke scored the first and second HHHA goals of the game. The second goal came off a rebound from the high right circle. The comeback was completed when Brennan Hill took a stretch pass from Tyler Samson, after an initial great pass from the D and scored the game tying goal at the 8:07 mark of the 3rd period. Finally, with a Jag’s player in the penalty box, the improbable rally from behind was complete when Brennan Hill faked a pass to the backside of the net causing the goaltender to bite and scored a short-handed goal into a wide open net with 5 minutes left in the game. The Jaguars held on for the remainder of the game with their defensive shutdown and stole the victory from the jaws of defeat with a 4-3 victory over the Redwood City Black Stars.
On Sunday, the Jaguars faced an all too familiar team in the Boulder Bison. In spite of an abundance of great scoring opportunities by HHHA, the team faced a red hot goalie from Boulder in the first two periods and found themselves knotted at 0-0 at the end of two but a continued third period barrage by the team resulted in a final 6-0 win and a 3-0 record in pool play. The victory guaranteed the team the number one seed in Pool B, where it would face the number one seed in Pool A, the Bakersfield Dragons.
In addition, the Jaguars participated in a skills competition on Saturday afternoon where four of its team members participated in target shooting (Devin McClure), speed skating (Imaad Siddique), break away shooter (Tyler Samson), and break away goalie (Connor Haake). The Jaguars placed first in two of the four events when Imaad Siddique won the fastest skater competition and Connor Haake pitched a shutout in the break-away competition turning aside all eight shooters he faced. As a result of the individual achievements of Siddique and Haake and additional points earned by McClure and Samson, the Jaguars won the team Skills Competition at the 25th Annual California Winter State Games Hockey Tournament.
The victory on Monday over the Bakersfield Dragons secured the Championship and earned the Hyland Hills Jaguars the clean sweep of the tournament.
This was Pee Wee A’s fourth trip to a semi-final in tournament play this season; taking a second and third place in the seasons prior tournaments. The California Winter Games Gold Medal was the result of their hard work, perseverance and overall great team play. Congratulations again PW A!