The third installment of the 2018-19 Nation’s Cup series, AAA teams from ‘06 through ‘09-birth years squared off in the Battle of the Border over the weekend, with 52 teams representing their respective countries.
Canada dominated the ‘06 Division, with a near sweep on Championship Sunday. Canadian teams cleaned up on opening-games Friday morning and nearly ended the weekend in similar fashion, losing only the 7-seed vs. 7-seed matchup by a 3-2 final and winning the rest of the day’s matchups to win the points title.
In the ‘07 Division, USA would lose the 4-vs-4 and 3-vs-3 matchups but bounce back with wins in the 2-vs-2 and the tournament-deciding 1-vs-1 matchup to win the Nation’s Cup. Belle Tire’s 4-3 victory over Ajax Pickering earned four points and the win for Team USA.
The ‘08 Division would also come down to the final game of the weekend as just two points separated USA and Canada in the standings. In the 1-vs-1 matchup between the Chicago Fury and Burlington Jr. Cougars, USA would hold one to a 2-1 lead to win the finale and the title for their country.
In the largest pool of the weekend, the ‘09 Division had 55 standings points up for grabs on Championship Sunday and after six games, only one point separated USA and Canada. Wins by Grey Bruce Highlanders, Southern Tier Admirals, Waterloo Wolves and Sun County Panthers in the 4-seed, 3-seed, 2-seed and 1-seed matchups respectively would ultimately clinch the Nation’s Cup for Canada in the final games.
The Nation’s Cup series is one of the most unique events LEGACY Global Hockey has to offer. This tournament isn’t just about your team, but your country, as every win on Sunday has implications in the overall standings and the Nation’s Cup championship.
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