It’s the dog days of January but top teams at the Mid-Winter Classic were red hot this weekend in Detroit! With Divisions from 18U through ‘06-birth years, the MWC serves as a fantastic springboard into the backstretch of teams’ schedules as they home in on the post-season. Teams from Alaska, Maine, Arizona, Ontario and Colorado, among others, converged on Hockeytown, with only the best rising to the top. Get a glance at who grabbed the title across all five divisions below.
Belle Tire went 5-0-0 on the weekend, defeating the Washington Little Caps 2-1 in a shootout to determine the 18U Championship. Belle Tire finished the tournament with a plus-20 goal differential, allowing just six goals against in five games.
In the 16U Division, the Sylvania North Stars pulled away from Belle Tire in the championship with a 5-1 finish. The win capped off an undefeated weekend for the North Stars, as they went 5-0-1 in the tournament, winning the championship as the No. 1 seed.
The 15U Division was decided between two Michigan-based teams, as Belle Tire topped Victory Honda 5-2 in the finale. Belle Tire led the entire tournament in scoring with 32 goals in six games, compiling a 6-0-0 record along the way.
The Soo Jr. Greyhounds shut out the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 3-0 in the ‘05 Division championship. A 6-0-0 weekend record was fueled by a stingy defensive effort in which the Jr. Greyhounds allowed two goals or less in four of the six tournament games.
South Hills got a chance to avenge its only loss of the tournament on Sunday in the ‘06 Division championship against Compuware. Closing out pool play the previous day, Compuware topped South Hills 3-1 but, in the rematch, it would be the Panthers with a 3-1 win and finishing the tournament with a 4-1-0 record.
The winter tournament season is winding down as the end of January nears. MLK weekend will see FIVE different LGS Hockey events in three separate regions of the country, coming on the heels of the Mid-Winter Classic. Getting ready for spring hockey? Continue your LEGACY HERE.