Blazers - 10
Warriors - 5
MVP's: Talbot Biles & Ethan Beale
In game one, the 0-1 Blazers were matched up against the 1-0 Warriors. Coming off a 1-goal loss last week, a motivated Blazers squad jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after one period. However the Warriors struck first in the second to begin their comeback, powered by Ethan Beale’s two-way play. But after Talbot Biles’ dominance at the faceoff dot, the Blazers were able to head off the comeback and took an 8-3 lead into the 3rd period. The Warriors played hard in the 3rd keeping their opponent to 2 goals and the final ended 10-5 in the Blazers favor.
Thunderbirds - 7
Wildcats - 5
MVP's: Carson Chun and Leo Douglas
In a battle of two teams looking for their first win, the Thunderbirds met the Wildcats in game 2 of the day. The matchup was a tight right off the bat with the teams deadlocked at 3-3 early. After a grinding middle period, back-to-back goals in the 3rd from the Wildcats put the game at 5-3 in their favor. But the Thunderbirds struck back with a 4-goal run of their own with two of the goals from the dynamic Carson Chun. Down 2 goals with only a minute to play, a frantic effort from the Wildcats fell just short after a save on the breakaway.
Swarm - 8
Rattlers - 6
MVP's: William Yun and Kellan Byrne
The Rattlers and Swarm played Game 3 of the day in a battle of undefeated squads. The Swarm jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 early in a defensive struggle, largely thanks to Cameron Kim’s motor and two-way play. But the Rattlers climbed back to tie things up at 4-4 after two periods, on the back of William Yun’s strong play. With 45 seconds left in the final frame and the score tied 6-6, Kellan Byrne scored a goal to put his team ahead for good. After an insurance goal, the Swarm won 8-6.
Seals - 1
Rock - 9
MVP's: Augie Patru and Brody Ganderson
In the first game of the Future Elite division, the Seals took on the Rock. With both teams looking for their first win of the year, the Rock came out humming, quickly building a multi-goal lead. Augie Patru led the way with his stick skills in tight for the Rock. The Seals showed fight and kept battling, with Brody Ganderson adding a tally. However the Rock kept coming and brought a sizable 6-1 lead into the third, finally closing out the game at 9-1.
Rush - 8
Roughnecks - 3
MVP's: Kellan Robertson and Tyler Kim
The Rush and Roughnecks met in a battle of undefeated teams to close out the day in the Future Elite division, with the winner getting the early inside track on 1st place in the division. After a back and forth first period, the Rush led 3-2, with Kellan Robertson scoring two goals. At the end of the second period, Rush led 5-3, with two Roughnecks goals coming from Grady Alton and Tyler Kim standing out with his athleticism and defense. But in the third, the Rush defense clamped down and shut out the Roughnecks, wining 8-3.
DC Lightning - 9
Knighthawks - 2
MVP's: Kai Konno-Renderos and Ben Phillips
The Knighthawks and Lightning met in the first Jr. Elite game of the day, with each squad seeking their first win. The first period began as defensive battle, with neither team striking in the first half of the period. DC Lightning finally broke through on a Billy Shotz goal and took a 2-0 lead into the break. After a pair of Sebastian Zuniga goals and a laser from Kai Konno-Renderos, the DC Lightning jumped out to a 5-1 lead midway through the second period. Ben Phillips kicked off the comeback shortly after with a finish in tight, but the Knighthawks could not sustain the momentum and the DC Lightning took a 5-2 lead into the break, and then scored the next two goals to go up 7-2 with 6 minutes left and they never looked back.
Vienna Eskimos - 7
Mammoth - 4
MVP's: Daniel Cecere and Riggins Legier
In the final game of the day, the Eskimos played the Mammoth in yet another battle of undefeated teams. Riggins Legier helped the Eskimos jump out to a 2-0 lead in the early going. But the Mammoth returned fire, and on the back of Will Irwin’s shorthanded tally, they brought the game within one late in the second period. The Mammoth sustained pressure but Riggins again struck to give the Eskimos a two goal cushion early in the third period. But another Mammoth shorthanded goal sparked a frenetic comeback with five minutes left, only to see an Eskimos goals at the 2:30 and 1 minute mark ice the game. Final score 7-4.