It was the girls’ turn to take center stage for the West-Michigan Classic, just two weeks after 114 boys’ teams squared off in the city of Grand Rapids. With 35 girls’ teams across five divisions, 48 percent of all tournament games were decided by two goals or fewer in what proved to be a tightly contested event from start to finish.
In the 19U Division, the Chicago Bruins upended Wisconsin to win the championship. A rematch of an earlier matchup on Friday, the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie in pool play but the Bruins edged out Wisconsin 3-2 in overtime to win the rematch and finish with a 5-0-1 record.
The Grand Rapids Griffins defended their home turf in the 16U Division, going 5-0-1 on the weekend. Five of those six games were decided by two goals or fewer, with the Griffins topping Wisconsin West 2-0 in the finale.
Wilmette went a perfect 6-0-0 in the tournament, impressively allowing just one goal against in its six games in the 14U Division. The Braves needed a strong defensive effort, as they edged out Naperville 2-1 in the semifinal and the Chicago Bruins Elite 1-0 for the championship.
The 12U Division championship came down to another one-goal decision between Naperville and Northeast Wisconsin. The Jr. Gamblers posted consecutive shutouts on Saturday to earn home-ice advantage in the finale, where they topped the Sabres 2-1 and finished the tournament with a 5-0-0 record.
In the 10U Division, the Lady Bulldogs scored four-or-more goals in all four of their tournament games to win the championship. They knocked off the Naperville Sabres 4-1 in the finale at Patterson Ice Arena.
In total, the 2019 West-Michigan Classic hosted nearly 150 boys and girls teams over the course of two weekends in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A key event in the Tier-II hockey calendar, the WMC is a can’t miss event for any team up to the challenge. Get all the details on these events, and more HERE!