Welcome to the Wisconsin Elite Hockey!
Under the approval of the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association
(WAHA), the WEHL was founded in 2006 to give upper level high
school players the opportunity to further develop their skills
while competing against players of the same skill level. The goal
is to better prepare players for their upcoming high school
WEHL 16U Fall Tournament
October 25, 2016
WEHL U16 FALL CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT
Much like the fall with the changing of leaves Tournament
Director Mike Gargaro made a change to the U16 fall tournament by
going to a new game format in the round robin games. The change was
2 period games of 17 minutes each; this format allowed 8 teams to
be eligible for the potential to reach the championship game. In
talking with the coaches the format was overall well received with
the consensus you better not dig too big of hole in a game because
the games were short.
The weekend once again proved league records could be thrown out
the window as all WEHL teams recorded victories and in the quarter
finals home teams from both Madison and Milwaukee battled each
other in very close games with Madison Blue and Milwaukee Kelly
coming up victoriously.
In the semi- finals Northeast defeated Madison Blue 6-1; one
wonders after Madison Blue emotional victory over there in town
rival how much gas they had left in the tank. In the other semi-
final Milwaukee Kelly defeated North Central 4-1 in a game that was
much closer than the score indicated.
The championship game provided plenty of drama with the
tournament rules being used to the utmost degree. With Milwaukee
Kelly clinging to a 2-1 lead Northeast tied the game with 21
seconds left in regulation after pulling their goalie in favor of
having 6 attacking skaters. The game went on to feature 5
minute 4 on 4 and 3 on 3 overtime play with neither team being able
to generate much offense as heavy legs caught up with both teams.
The game then went to a 3 man shoot out but excellent goaltending
prevailed with no goals scored. Milwaukee Kelly’s 4
thshooter made a great fake to freeze the goalie and
scored and Northeast 4
thshooter was denied giving Milwaukee Kelly a much
deserved victory. Congratulations to both teams on competing in a
great championship game.
Overall the weekend showcased some great games, individual
skill, and overall parity of all the WEHL teams. On ice competition
was excellent and sportsmanship was demonstrated throughout. The
items noted are a compliment to the coaches who have worked the
past months with these teams.
Many thanks to Mike Gargaro and Kelly Hanson for running a great
tournament and making the effort to have the Coulee Region Chill
Head Coach Ryan Egan come in Saturday afternoon and address players
and parents on junior hockey. All in attendance left with greater
insights to the workings of junior hockey.
Good luck to all WEHL players in their upcoming WIAA High School