In two separate locations over the weekend, LGS Hockey opened up the big rinks to the little tykes to compete in full-ice action. More than 20 teams rocked in Rochester, New York, at Mite Full-Ice and 17 others showed up in East Lansing, Michigan, for the Capital Cup. For many, it was their first look at the 200-foot game and champions elevated to the top of their respective divisions.
Starting with Mite Full-Ice…
The Rochester Coalition won the 2011 Elite Division with a 9-3 victory over Depew Lightning. Rochester went 6-0-0 on the weekend and scored a tournament-high 46 goals during that run.
The 2011 AAA Division came down to a battle of two unbeatens betweeen the Hollydell Hurricanes and the New York Knights. A 7-3 decision in the finale for Hollydell would cap off a perfect 6-0-0 weekend for the Hurricanes.
In the 2011/12 Mix Division, it was the Jr. ROCO – Hogan squad avenging their only loss of the tournament with a 3-1 win over Ashburn in the championship. The two teams met in the first game of the weekend, a 9-2 tilt that went Ashburn’s way but it was ROCO getting even with the title on the line.
Coming from the Capital Cup…
The Detroit Flames shined in the Platinum Division, scoring seven or more goals in each of their five tournament games, including a 7-0 win over the North Stars – Peffer. The Flames went 5-0-0 on the weekend, allowing just seven goals against.
The Gold Division finale was a rematch between North Stars – Blue and the West Dundee Leafs. In their first matchup, the North Stars edged out West Dundee 5-4 on Friday morning, and when they met again in the championship, Michigan got the best of the Leafs again with a 3-1 win.
There was another championship rematch in the Silver Division as well with North Stars – Brady and the Naperville Jr. Sabres. The first go-round went the North Stars way in a high-scoring 9-5 decision but the rematch in the final would be much lower scoring at 5-3 and tipped in favor of the Jr. Sabres.
Full-ice opportunities like Capital Cup and Mite Full-Ice are unique opportunities for kids who typically play cross-ice games to get their first taste of the 200-foot game. LGS Hockey continues to grow and develop opportunities for the youngest group of youth hockey players with these events and other upcoming events up HERE.