The 16U’s played in the Palmetto State Cup in Charleston, SC this weekend. On Saturday they dominated the NC Force with a 7-1 win. Their next game wasn’t until 10:20 that evening, where they faced the Swamp Rabbits. They again won with a score of 5 to 3.
Sunday afternoon they face the Junior Hurricanes where they took a loss. On Monday morning the second seed Freeze took on their league rival, Richmond Generals, in the semi finals. The generals took an early lead and the freeze just couldn’t catch up.
The Bantam LA team headed to Northern Virginia for the MLK weekend to play in the Congressional Cup Midwinter Classic.
The Freeze opened the tournament versus the Arizona Hockey Union on Saturday night with a 3-1 win. The Freeze played twice on Sunday, first beating the Ridgefield (CT) Lions, 3-2, then losing to the Amherst (NY) Knights in the nightcap, 5-0. The loss and the goal differential pushed the Freeze to the consolation game, where they again beat Ridgefield 2-1.
Overall, the Freeze finished 3-1 for the tournament.
The boys of the Bantam B team headed to Gardens Ice House this weekend to participate in the Big Bear Mountain King Tournament. To kick things off, Frederick faced off against the Montgomery Blue Devil Select team. It was a great start to the weekend. The Freeze took the lead early on in the game, finishing the first period 2-0. The second period turned into a scoring frenzy for both teams. Both the Freeze and Montgomery answered with four goals each. Despite the shots on goal, the Freeze weren’t able to produce another goal. Freeze ended with the win, 6-5.
The boys took a break between games and celebrated a team lunch nearby. The boys carried the momentum into the second game against the Flames. Off the puck drop, the boys were determined to get shots on net. The Flames answered first in the first period. At the end of the second period, Freeze was down 3-1. Freeze answered twice in the third period. At the end of the third, the Freeze were determined to fire off as many shots on net. What looked like a good goal, was abruptly stopped by the whistle, resulting in a tied game 3-3.
Sunday afternoon, the Freeze would face the most challenging team in the bracket, Montgomery Blue Devils LA. The boys needed a tie to secure a spot in the championship game. The boys came ready to play. During the first and second period, Montgomery scored, then Freeze would score. During a tough third period, the penalty minutes racked up and hampered the scoring opportunities for the Freeze. Their penalty kill was fierce. Unfortunately, Montgomery scored twice during the third, leaving the Freeze with a 4-1 loss. It was a great effort and teamwork made by the Freeze.
The Freeze would face off against the Montgomery Blue Devils Selects again. This game proved to be the most difficult game of the tournament. The Selects dominated much of the first two periods. During the third period, the Freeze showed up and racked up the goals. Unfortunately, Montgomery was able to put in two more also, giving them the win 7-5. All in all, it was a great tournament, with by far the most evenly matched competition we’ve seen during tournaments so far this season. Go Freeze!
PEE WEE LA
The Freeze Pee Wee LA Team went down to the Palmetto State Golden Puck tournament in Charleston, SC this past weekend. After the first three games, we were second seed playing in the Semi-Finals Monday morning. The team came out strong and won 4-0 to defeat the Carolina, Jr. Hurricanes- Jennings team, putting us in the Championship game at 5:00pm against the NC Force. During the championship game, after the first period it was tied 0-0. At the end of the second period, the score was tied 1-1. In the third period, the NC Force took back the lead to win the game 4-1. The team had a great weekend of hockey!
PEE WEE B
The Pee Wee B Freeze boys arrived in Pittsburgh determined to continue their past tournament success. After five games resulting in 20 goals for, only two goals against, and three shutouts, the boys successfully earned the Championship banner in the 2020 Steel City Tournament against a confident Michigan team. Final score of 4-1! It was an incredible defensive team effort by all of the boys. There were various individual highlights, but this series was a true team success.
The UA Squirts participated in the Congressional Cup Midwinter Classic in Haymarket, VA. Going 4-1 over the course of the weekend, the boys refusal to give up saw them make it to the finals. In a hard fought championship game, the Freeze triumphed in a 2-1 nail-biter over the Ridgefield (CT) Lions.
The weekend was a shining example of what this team is made of and the progress made under the coaching staff.
Last weekend, the LA team competed in the Three Rivers Cup Tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. Going into the tournament, we knew that the competition would be tough for our team, as it was a mixed A bracket. Our first game was against the Buffalo Shamrocks AA. The Freeze started out strong netting four goals in the first period, ending it up 4-0. The Freeze maintained control of the game into the second period, scoring two more goals to the Shamrocks one. In the final period, the Freeze continued to skate hard and defend their zone, but the third period belonged to the Shamrocks, netting five goals to the Freezes zero. Fortunately, the Freeze was able to hold on and secured their first victory of the weekend with a 7-6 win. The second game of the day proved to be just as competitive as the first when we took on the Wooster Oilers. It was a back and forth game, but the Freeze was able to maintain control and secure their second victory, 3-2, over the Oilers.
On Saturday, the Freeze faced off against Strongsville. Continuing with their upward momentum, this game was all Freeze! The first period ended with the Freeze up 2-0. The competitive skating, awesome goaltending and tough defense did not disappoint in the second period as the Freeze netted one more goal to Strongsvilles first goal, ending the period 3-1. The Freeze continued to dominate the game, scoring three more goals in the third period securing their third win of the weekend, 6-1. After securing their third victory, this left the Freeze tied for first place with Chevy Chase after the round robin games. Due to goal differential to break the tie, the Freeze found themselves as the second seed and were placed in the semi-final round against Reston UA. The semi- final game began with the Freeze dominating the ice, up by two goals, and holding Reston scoreless well into the third period. With two bad bounces, the tables had turned and the Freeze found themselves tied, 2-2 at the end of the third, pushing the game into OT. Overtime began with nail biting breakaways, tough defense and amazing goaltending. Unfortunately for the Freeze, Reston was able to net the final goal and handed the Freeze their first heartbreaking loss, 3-2, knocking them out of the tournament.
This weekend was one of our last scheduled non-league games, so while Coach Ball was away the AC's decided to “flip the script” and change everyone’s position around. The offense was on defense and the goalie was playing out. The team accepted their assignments and got to work quickly, going up three goals in the first period. The squirts continued to light the lamp through the next two periods, ending the game victoriously with a score of 6-2. Next week we’ll be back to business with our regular line up as we face Potomac on Saturday and SOMD on Sunday. Come cheer on the Squirt B’s as we make a push for the playoffs!
The Mite LA team had an idle weekend on the calendar, but received an invite to the CBHL jamboree in Reston to replace a team that could not play. The Freeze hit the road to SkateQuest and showed that they were ready to play! First up was TriCity, where six different Freeze team members registered goals on the way to a 7-0 victory. Next on the schedule was the team’s archival of the season, Bowie! As expected, it was a battle that saw only one goal traded between the teams, until Bowie found the back of the net late in the game to lock their 2-1 victory over the Freeze. The team rebounded against NoVA 1 in another hard fought battle to the end. A game that again saw goals traded back and forth until late in the game, where it was Frederick this time that netted the winner to take the 3-2 victory. They finished the day against Reston 1, where the Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Frederick answered with two goals of their own, but the Raiders battled back to steal the win away, besting the Freeze by a score of 3-2.
The Mite B1 team had a good weekend at their CBHL jamboree in Reston, where they played some great hockey and came home with two strong wins.
The Mite B2 had a busy day playing four games at home during our mini jamboree. They played hard and best of all, they are getting better together!
Congratulations to all the teams that had games & tournaments over the weekend. Keep up the great work & good luck in this weeks games!