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Historic Run Comes to Dramatic End for 14U Girls
by posted 05/03/2021


 

The long, winding road that was the 2020-2021 travel hockey season came to an end on Sunday morning. But before it did, the trail blazed by our 14U Girls took them longer (into the calendar), higher (a mile high, in fact), and further (all the way to the national quarterfinals) than anyone could have imagined.

A 3-2 loss to the Princeton Tiger Lillies -- the decisive goal coming with just 16 seconds left in regulation -- ended the Tigers' season two games shy of the USA Hockey Tier II national championship game. So, it's understandable that they would be disappointed by the prospect of what could have been.

But let's focus instead on what was.

When their season paused for the first time only two games into the schedule, it would have been unthinkable that this year would end where it eventually did. When surrounding states closed their doors to New York teams for two months, and the hopes of ever playing games in-state grew fainter each day, no one dared to dream that they would wind up resuming a full "regular" schedule by February. When the status of the New York state tournament lingered in uncertainty, who could have foreseen a run to the state championship game? Or the at-large berth to the national championships in Colorado that would follow? Or that they'd go undefeated through round robin play and become the top seed in their half of the eight-team playoff bracket?

The season may not have ended where the Tigers players and coaches and families would have preferred, so teasingly close to a shot at a title. Still, the first team in MYHA history to compete at Nationals created a Rocky Mountain highlight reel of unparalleled hockey success and indelible memories that will last a lifetime.

The MYHA community congratulates our 14U Girls on their unprecedented accomplishments. We celebrate the history-makers who, amid the adversity of pandemic conditions, showed every player in our program the boundless potential of possibility.

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Tigers Finish Perfect Pool Play at Nationals
by posted 05/01/2021


 

For 135 minutes and 22 seconds, the Tigers were unblemished. But even after they allowed their first goal at Nationals -- 7:22 into the third period of their third and final game of pool play  -- the MYHA's 14U Girls were able to stay perfect.

Another game of great goaltending by Madison Kata and goals by Olivia Fagan, Molly Collins and Julia Heintz led Mamaroneck to a 3-1 win over the New England (NH) Wildcats on Saturday morning. The Tigers finished the round robin portion of the USA Hockey Tier II 14U Girls National Championships with a 3-0 record, having outscored their opponents, 10-1. 

When the national quarterfinals begin Sunday morning, Mamaroneck will be the top seed in its half of the eight-team single-elimination playoff bracket. The Tigers will face the Princeton Tiger Lillies (1-2) at 10:00 a.m. ET. The winner of that game will take one step closer to a national championship, and will face the winner of the game between Glenville (IL) and New England in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon.

All games are available on HockeyTV.

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14U Girls Clinch Berth in National Quarterfinals
by posted 05/01/2021


 

The fifth and final goal scored in Friday's 5-0 win over the Anaheim Lady Ducks gave Mamaroneck's three goalies a pretty unique statline: Through two games at the USA Hockey 14U Girls National Championships, the goaltending trio of Madison Kata, Elizabeth Jacobsson and Ainslie Whitman are outscoring their opponents, 1-0.

"I'm very excited because I scored at Nationals," said Kata, who shut out Anchorage, 2-0, in the first round robin game on Thursday before skating out and scoring the Tigers' final goal in Game Two.

Jacobsson started Friday's game and was replaced by Whitman. They combined to stop all 19 Anaheim shots. Mamaroneck has faced 37 shots through two games and has yet to allow a goal.

"I think it was a great game," said Whitman. "Everybody played so well."

Victoria Tesoro scored for the second straight game. With two goals and an assist against Anaheim, her four points put her second in scoring in the entire 12-team bracket. Parker Caldara and Olivia Fagan both registered a goal and an assist against the Lady Ducks. Estelle Maggard, Molly Collins and Chloe Orlich all picked up an assist on Friday.

"It's exciting. Now we have a 2-0 record," said Jacobsson. "Hopefully, we do well in the next game."

That next game will be played Saturday at 12:50 p.m. ET against the New England Wildcats (1-1), and will close out the round robin portion of the national championship tournament. Eight teams will advance to Sunday's quarterfinals.

Mamaroneck already has clinched one of those eight spots. The Tigers have six points (each win is worth three points) and are tied atop the 12-team standings with Kensington Valley (MI). A win today could earn Mamaroneck the top seed headed into elimination play.

 

 

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14U Girls Open Nationals with a W
by posted 04/29/2021


It took 26 seasons for an MYHA team to make an appearance in a national championship tournament. It's going to take at least a little longer before they give up a goal at nationals.

Madison Kata stopped 18 shots Thursday evening, shutting out the Anchorage (AK) North Stars, 2-0, in the 14U Tigers' first game at the USA Hockey Tier II Girls Hockey National Championships in Littleton, CO. 

"It felt very scary," admitted Kata after the game. "There's a lot of pressure to keep pucks out of the net. Our team played really well and kept the rebounds away."

Mamaroneck got on the board in the first period on a goal by Victoria Tesoro. Kendall Shima added the insurance goal in the third period. Both Tesoro and Shima netted last-minute game-winners earlier this month during the Tigers' march to the championship game of the New York State tournament.

"I was at the right place at the right time," said Tesoro. "It was awesome. I never thought I would be at nationals. It was the greatest experience. I have amazing teammates who set me up for these plays."

On Friday afternoon, the Tigers (1-0) will play the Anaheim Lady Ducks in the second of their three round robin games. Anaheim played St. Louis in its opening game on Thursday night.

 

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Tonight's the Night: Puck Drops for 14U Girls at Nationals
by posted 04/29/2021


MYHA history will be made tonight.
 
When our 14U Girls team takes the ice at the South Suburban Sports Complex in Littleton, CO, it will mark the first time in our organization's 26-year history that an MYHA team will compete in a national championship tournament. The Tigers will take on the Anchorage North Stars at 7:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. MT), an opponent whose home ice is 4,380 miles away from Hommocks.
 
It's the first of a three-game round robin that will determine which eight teams advance to the quarterfinals of the Tier II Girls National Championship. Elimination play begins on Sunday. Here's the Tigers' schedule:
 
  • THU, April 29th, 7:00 p.m. ET vs. Anchorage North Stars
  • FRI, April 30th, 3:00 p.m. ET vs. Anaheim Lady Ducks
  • SAT, May 1st, 12:50 p.m. vs. New England Wildcats
 
All games can be watched live at HockeyTV.
 
We'll be posting updates and photos to the MYHA website and to our social media accounts (Facebook: @MamaroneckHockey; Twitter: @MamkHockey). Be sure to follow the Tigers' quest to bring a national championship banner home to Hommocks. 
 
And be sure to share your support with the girls on either Facebook or Twitter. 
 
Also, be sure to check out the story posted online this morning by LMC Media
 
And, lastly, find a few minutes to see the message our 16U and 19U girls teams -- both of which also qualified for the New York State championships this season -- sent to the 14U Tigers, who watched it at the rink after practice on Wednesday: https://youtu.be/48EhO6x5his
 
#BringHomeTheBanner! #CoolestGameinTown
 
                                       
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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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