The Rochester Invitational hosted 44 teams across eight divisions this weekend. In total, 108 games in three different arenas in western New York led to the crowning of these champions…
The Syracuse Nationals claimed the 16U Division with a 4-1 win over the Amherst Knights. Syracuse went 6-0-0 on the weekend with four victories decided by three goals or more and allowing just one goal against during the Sunday playoffs.
The ‘04 Division championship came down to just one goal, as the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes defeated the Cazenovia Chiefs in a 3-2 finish.The win capped off a perfect 5-0-0 run in the tournament, as Carolina dominated pool play before wins over Saints Hockey and Cazenovia in the four-team playoffs.
In the ‘05 Division, the Buffalo Icehawks’ second shutout of the weekend propelled them to a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh Icemen. Allowing just three goals against in the tournament, Buffalo got it done at both ends of the rink shutting down opponents while also netting 31 goals offensively.
With a 4-2-0 record on the weekend, it took a gutsy effort from the Rochester Coalition to defend their home turf in the ‘06 Division. Going 2-2-0 in pool play, the Coalition avenged both of their losses in the four-team playoff with a 6-0 win over Oshawa and a 4-3 victory in the championship over CP Dynamo.
The Markham Waxers survived the ‘07 playoffs with back-to-back one-goal victories to take the Division championship. At 5-1-0 on the weekend, Markham’s 6-5 win over the Grey Bruce Highlanders in the championship avenged their only loss of the tournament.
The Seaway Valley Rapids led the ‘08 Division wire-to-wire, opening up with a commanding 7-2 win on Friday afternoon and closing it out with a decisive 4-1 victory over Grey Bruce in the finale. Racking up 33 goals, Seaway Valley’s high-powered offense propelled them to a 6-0-0 record on the weekend.
In the ‘09 Division, the Buffalo Saints squeaked past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton not once, but twice in one-goal games. The first meeting closed out round-robin play on Saturday, with Buffalo topping the Knights 4-3. Less than 24 hours later, the Saints pulled it off again with a 2-1 win in the championship.
No team in the Rochester Invitational scored more goals in the tournament than the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, as their 36 goals fueled a run to the ‘10 Division championship. Held to just three goals in the finale, the Sabres’ offense was able to do just enough to defeat the Rochester Coalition 3-1 to take the title.
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