LGS Hockey’s largest girls’ hockey tournament of the year occupied Rochester, New York, over the weekend with more than 130 teams assembling for Fire on Ice. With 14 different divisions across five age groups, we take a look at who brought the heat to Western New York.
In the 19U Tier-I Division, the hometown Selects Academy topped Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles with a 5-3 win to take the championship. Selects went 4-0-1 on the weekend while posting two shutouts and scoring four-or-more goals in each of their tournament games.
Ottawa Valley claimed the 19U Tier-II Division with a 5-1 win over the Kanata Rangers. After falling 3-2 in their opening game of the tournament, the Thunder rattled off five consecutive wins to claim the championship as a 3-seed.
The 17U Tier-I Division was decided by way of a shootout, as the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite ousted the Cornwall Typhoons 2-1 in the finale. PPE thrived in low-scoring affairs, producing just 12 goals for and allowing a stingy six goals against in their six tournament games.
Potsdam capped off a perfect 6-0-0 weekend with a 6-2 win over Glenview in the 17U Tier-II Championship. The Icestorm offense scored 30 goals over the weekend, including six-or-more goals in four of the six tournament games.
In the 17U Tier-III Division, the Lambeth Lady Lancers shut out Brantford 5-0 in the championship. The shutout was Lambeth’s third of the tournament as the Lancers finished the weekend with a 5-1-0 record.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite defeated the Agility Blades 4-1 in the 14U Tier-I finale. It was the second time in as many days that PPE knocked off the Russian-based Blades squad, going 6-0-0 as the top seed in the division.
The 14U Tier-II Fire Division championship was a 2-1 thriller with Whitby defeating Nepean. It was the fourth one-goal game that Whitby played over the weekend, including a 1-0 semifinal over the East Coast Wizards.
The Perinton Blades won the 14U Tier-II Ice Division with a 2-0 shutout of the Rome Grizzlies. Perinton allowed one goal against in their opening game of the tournament and proceeded to play 15 consecutive periods of shutout hockey with a 6-0-0 record.
The East Coast Wizards topped Toronto Leaside 2-0 in the 14U Tier-III Division finale. The teams were two of the highest-scoring offenses in the entire tournament but it was the Wizards’ defense that shut down Toronto in the end.
In the 12U Tier-I Division, the Massachusetts Spitfires beat Oakville 2-1 to win the championship. As the top seed in the division, Massachusetts led the tournament wire-to-wire and had just enough left to knock off the 6-seeded Hornets.
In a battle of unbeatens, the 12U Tier-II Division championship did not disappoint. The Stoney Creek Sabres defeated Markham Stouffville in a nail-biting 2-1 decision to take the championship and finish the weekend with a 6-0-0 record.
The Stratford Aces scored four-or-more goals in five tournament games including the 7-1 finish in the 12U Tier-III Division championship. As the 2-seed in the playoffs, the Aces upset top-seeded Mississauga to go 6-0-0 on the weekend.
The 10U Tier-I Division came down to just one goal, as Whitby defeated Stoney Creek 1-0 in the championship. The victory avenged their only loss of the weekend, a 2-1 decision at the hands of the Sabres but the championship rematch would ultimately go Whitby’s way.
In the 10U Tier-II Division, Stoney Creek defeated Skaneateles to claim the title. The Sabres allowed just three goals against in the five games leading up to the championship and finished the weekend with a perfect 6-0-0 record.
The 2019 Fire on Ice tournament saw roughly 143 games decided by two goals or fewer, in what was one of the most competitive years in the history of the event. For the first time ever, it also featured a team from Russia, the 14U Agility Blades and 131 other teams from as far as Arizona and California in addition to a wealth of East Coast teams, Midwest programs and Ontario. Want even more from Fire on Ice? Click HERE!