The Colorado Springs Peewee AA team put a stamp on an impressive weekend by winning the championship game in the 40th Annual President’s Day Tournament.
The team began the seven-game weekend Thursday night with an exhibition game against the Alaska All Stars. The Tigers came up big defeating a highly skilled Alaskan team.
The Tigers faced the Arizona Sun Devils to start the official tournament. In a decisive victory, goaltender Bennett Johnson earned a shutout win between the pipes. Leading scorer Easton Portner found the back of the net twice. Overall the team had three shorthanded goals with five different players scoring.
The next opponent was the Miners from Park City, Utah. Tigers Goaltender, Colton Engelke, kept the Miners scoreless while the Tigers team put an impressive offensive attack on the Utah team. Tigers forward, Chase Chapman, earned a hat trick in the victory.
The Texas Jr. Brahmas arrived in Colorado Springs with guns blazing. The Texas team took the Tigers to a very exciting 2-2 tie. Tiger forward, Reese Thornton, tallied the only goal in the first period. The Brahmas answered in the third period with two goals. Tigers coach, Wayne Chapman, pulled their goalie with 90 seconds left in the game. With only two seconds remaining in regulation Tigers forward, Wyatt Furda, snuck one by the Texas goaltender to even the score up.
The Tigers took on the Oklahoma Oil Kings for their fourth game. The Oil Kings came out strong scoring within the first 30 seconds of the game. Throughout the first two periods both teams traded turns posting goals. The Tigers found some life in the third and tallied two goals to clinch the victory from a very talented Oklahoma team.
Sunday evening took the Tigers to the Cadet Ice Arena for their semi-final game. The Tigers would to drop the puck against another Texas team as the Dallas Penguins looked to knock off the Colorado team. The Tigers found offensive attacks from all three lines. Tigers forward, Joe VanDyk, lead the way with two goals and one assist. In all, the Tigers received help from seven different goal scorers in an impressive team victory. The balanced offensive and defensive play from the Tigers provided momentum as they headed into the championship game.
The championship game was a rematch of Sunday morning’s game against the Oklahoma City Oil Kings. In an impressive defensive game, the Tigers only allowed seven shots on net. The Tigers had two goals from the blue line with defensemen, Tristen Chavez and Garrett Lindsey. Tigers goalie, Colton Engelke, posted his third shutout of the weekend during the championship win.
This is the first tournament win for the Tigers this season. Overall, the Tigers outshot their opponents 32-7, winning five games and tying one game.