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14U Girls Extend Season with Invite to Nationals
by posted 04/12/2021


The 14U Girls will be the first MYHA team to compete in a national tournament.

 

They gathered together on the visitors bench inside Dwyer Arena, 420 miles from their home rink, and mourned the end of their season. After five games in 52 hours, the MYHA's 14U Girls watched the Rome Grizzlies celebrate at center ice. Sixteen minutes of game play earlier, the Tigers had been tied with the Grizzlies with one period remaining in the NYSAHA Tier II Girls State Tournament final. But a four-goal outburst by the top-ranked team in the state earned a 5-1 win and a state championship for Rome and ushered in the offseason for the Tigers.

Or so they thought.

One of the NYSAHA officials from the East Section walked over to the Tigers to congratulate them on a tournament well-played and to deliver a surprise: an at-large berth to the USA Hockey National Tournament.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime hockey experience," said MYHA president Brendan Collins, whose daughter, Molly, scored the Tigers' only goal of the championship game -- just the second goal allowed by the Grizzlies during their five games up in Buffalo. 

This will be the first team in the MYHA’s 26-year history to advance to nationals, which will be played in Denver, CO, from April 28th-May 3rd.

"We have come so far this season," said Parker Caldara, who scored a state tournament-leading eight goals, including five in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tompkins Shooting Stars. "We have overcome a lot of obstacles and have really bonded. I feel like I have 13 sisters now."

It’s been quite a ride for the 14U Girls (22-9-1) through this COVID-interrupted season. They went more than a month between their second and third games of the year, then endured a two-month pause from mid-November until a mid-January jamboree in West Chester, PA. Once New York State reopened for hockey, the Tigers played 16 games in seven weeks, preparing for a state tournament that remained unconfirmed deep into the winter.

Mamaroneck qualified for States as East Regional champs, and promptly went 3-0 through round robin play up in Buffalo. On Sunday morning, they eliminated Canton PeeWee in the semifinals, 2-1 -- their second nail-biter in three games. Kendall Shima scored the game-winner with 50 seconds left in regulation to lift the Tigers into the final; on Saturday morning, Victoria Tesoro's goal with 18 seconds remaining in the third period closed out a dramatic 2-1 win over Malone. 

"I will always remember this weekend -- from Niagara Falls to winning four in a row to downtown in the hotel to the great competition and making our relationships stronger," said Caldara. "This was my first time going to states, and it was probably the best competition we had all season. We showed what we were made of, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish at nationals."

"I'm incredibly proud of the girls," said team captain Julia Heintz. "The energy was crazy this weekend. We played our hearts out and are honored to have a chance to compete in nationals. We are more than teammates. We are a family."

After all that, all the cancelations and uncertainty, the endless gameless stretches and the run to the state championship game, the longest season in MYHA history still has more hockey left to play.

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MYHA Girls Hockey: A Trio of Tourney-Bound Tigers
by posted 04/08/2021


 

It has already been a unique hockey season. Now, it has the chance to become unforgettable.

For the first time in MYHA history, three girls teams -- the 19U, 16U and 14U Tigers -- have qualified for the New York State Amateur Hockey Association Tier II tournament. All three will compete for state championships this weekend up in Buffalo, looking to bring a hat trick of titles home to Hommocks. 

Round-robin play begins on Friday, with the semifinals and finals slated for Sunday.

19U (13-5-1)
Friday, 12:25 p.m. vs. Monroe County
Saturday, 12:10 p.m. vs. Canton PeeWee
Saturday, 6:25 p.m. vs. Norfolk-Norwood

16U (13-5-2)
Friday, 12:25 p.m. vs. Adirondack Northstars
Saturday, 10:05 a.m. vs. Amherst Knights
Saturday, 4:20 p.m. vs. CNY Bobcats

14U (18-8-1)
Friday, 12:25 p.m. vs. CP Dynamo
Saturday, 8:15 a.m. vs. Malone ADK 46ers
Saturday, 6:25 p.m. vs. Tompkins Shooting Stars

Photos and results will be posted to the MYHA Facebook page and Twitter account. Follow the teams throughout the weekend, and be sure to share your well-wishes to our trio of Tigers teams.

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