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 4th shooter made a great fake to freeze the goalie and scored and Northeast 4th shooter 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 Hockey season.