With 108 teams at the 2018 Bauer Fire on Ice tournament, LEGACY Global Hockey’s largest girls’ event of the year did not disappoint, as we crowned 14 champions across five different age groups. From Photo Galleries to tournament champions, Social Media Giveaway winners and college game results, everything you need to know about Fire on Ice can be found right here!
Two U-19 Tier-I teams squared off in a “home-and-home” of sorts, with the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite splitting the series one win apiece. Selects Academy winning 3-0 on Saturday afternoon and PPE winning 2-1 on Sunday.
Scoring just 11 goals in six games — the fewest among any of our tournament champions — Rochester Edge won four of their games by one goal, including two 1-0 victories and a 3-2 decision in the U-19 Tier-II Division championship over the Armstrong Arrows. A stellar defensive effort, Rochester allowed only three goals against all weekend and two of those came in the final game.
In the U-17 Tier-I Division, Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney claimed the championship in their home arena, with a 6-2 win over the Chatham Outlaws. Selects Academy posted a perfect 6-0-0 record over the weekend, outscoring opponents 34-to-11 and totaling five-goals-or-more in four of the six games.
The Ottawa Valley Thunder allowed just two goals against all weekend long, one of which came in the U-17 Tier-II Division championship game. The Thunder defeated Durham West Lightning 4-1 at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, capping off a 6-0-0 record with four of those wins coming along with a shutout.
The Flamborough Falcons and Brampton Canadettes played against each other twice in the U-17 Tier-III Division over the weekend, both of which were decided by just one goal. The Canadettes, however, would avenge their only loss of the weekend, winning the championship game 4-3 over Flamborough and finishing with a 5-1-0 record.
After playing in three straight one-goal games, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite defeated the Aurora Panthers 2-0 in the U-14 Tier-I Division championship. The three seed in the four-team playoff, PPE finished the tournament with a 4-2-0 record, claiming the title in the top U-14 division.
The Oakville Hornets posted back-to-back shutouts in the U-14 Tier-II A Division four-team playoff, rattling off five consecutive wins after losing their first game of the tournament. The Hornets defeated Stratford 2-0 in the semifinal game before defeating Nepean in the championship by the same score.
Scoring more goals than any other team in any division of the tournament, Norfolk-Potsdam North Storm won the U-14 Tier-II B Division with an 8-1 victory over the New Jersey Colonials. The North Storm scored 40 goals in six tournament games, including two games with an eight-goal total.
New York-based Oswego Buccaneers kept the U-14 Tier-III Division title in-state with a 5-1 win over the Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds. The win capped off a perfect 6-0-0 record on the weekend for the Buccaneers.
The Nepean Wildcats scored 17 goals in six games, but it was their defensive efforts that earned them the U-12 Tier-I championship. Nepean allowed just one goal in its final four games of the tournament, as they edged out Stoney Creek 2-1 to claim the top spot.
Another Nepean Wildcats team claimed the U-12 Tier-II Division as well, as they posted back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs to beat the Massachusetts Spitfires and finish the weekend with a 6-0-0 record.
The Kitchener Lady Rangers rolled their way to the U-12 Tier-III Division championship with shutouts in four of their five first games but the championship game against Hamburg Hawks was decided by a shootout at Lakeshore Arena. The Lady Rangers had just enough to finish their perfect 6-0-0 weekend, winning the championship 3-2 over Hamburg.
Assabet Valley defeated Markham-Stouffville Stars 4-1 in the U-10 Tier-I Division championship. Assabet Valley won three of its four pool-play games by one goal, earning the one-seed in the Fire Group before winning both playoff games to take the championship.
In their tightest game of the weekend, the Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds took the top spot in the U-10 Tier-II Division with a 3-2 victory over the Mississauga Chiefs. With a 5-1-0 record, Springfield won four consecutive games including back-to-back shutouts en route to the championship.
The main event on Saturday night, St. Lawrence University and Union College squared off in a Division-I NCAA game at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, showcasing women’s hockey in front of a packed arena full of Fire on Ice participants. The designated home team at a neutral site, St. Lawrence scored three goals through the first 40 minutes of hockey to earn coach Chris Wells his 200th career win. The Saints are currently ranked 10th in the country by USCHO.com with a 6-5-1 overall record and 2-0-0 in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC).
At the NCAA game Saturday night, LGS Hockey announced Madison Natter, defenseman for Saddlebrook’s U-19 squad, as the winner of a FitBit Charge 3 for her social media post voted as the most creative photo using the hashtag #RocFireOnIce.
With tons of winners both on and off the ice from Division-I women’s teams to the U-10 age group, Fire on Ice continues to grow as the largest girls’ hockey tournament in the U.S. and draws teams from across North America including California, Florida and Ontario. Want even more from Fire on Ice? Click HERE for game results, standings and more or check out the photo gallery HERE.