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Brick Tournament: Team Pennsylvania

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 12:00 PM / Features
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Brick Tournament: Team Pennsylvania


The BRICK Invitational Super Novice Hockey tournament is North America’s largest squirt hockey tournament representing the top 9 and 10 year olds from Canada and the United States, and is considered hockey’s version of the Little League World Series.

The tournament, which has been in existence for 24 years, is held annually in Edmonton, Alberta at the West Edmonton Mall. This year’s 14-team tournament will be held July 1-7, 2013. Many current National Hockey League All-Stars have previously competed in this prestigious tournament, including Dany Heatley (Minnesota Wild), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) to name a few.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have partnered to form Team Pennsylvania sponsored by GNC, which consists of the top 2003 born players in all of Pennsylvania. Both the Flyers and Penguins identified the top players in their respective regions and sponsored “select” teams that competed in a series of tournaments. The team held a selection camp on May 18th at Iceoplex in Southpointe as players from both teams attended from which Team Pennsylvania was selected. These players competed in the Ronald McDonald Tournament in Toronto June 7-9th, followed by a pre-Brick Tournament in Philadelphia June 21-23 prior to traveling to Edmonton on June 29th.

Former Penguin and Flyer, Mark Recchi, has been named head coach for Team Pennsylvania this year with assistant coaches Mike Schall from Bethel Park and John Povey from Philadelphia closing out the staff.

The team consists of eight players from the Penguins Selects team, seven players from Flyers Selects and three import players from Nova Scotia.

See below for updates on Team Pennsylvania throughout the tournament!



THE BRICK SUPER NOVICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
JULY 1 - JULY 7, 2013
SCHEDULE OF GAMES

TEAM PENNSYLVANIA

MONDAY JULY 1
10:50 AM VS. BC JR. CANUCKS 
5:30 P.M. VS. CHICAGO JR. BLACKHAWKS

TUESDAY JULY 2
7:10 P.M. VS. SASKATCHEWAN JR. PATS

WEDNESDAY JULY 3
10:50 A.M. VS. TORONTO BULLDOGS

THURSDAY JULY 4
9:10 A.M. VS. DETROIT RED WINGS

FRIDAY JULY 5
7:30 A.M. VS. TEAM MINNESOTA

SATURDAY JULY 6
7:30 A.M. DIVISION 1-SECOND VS. DIVISION 2-THIRD = SEMIFINAL A
9:10 A.M. DIVISION 2-SECOND VS. DIVISION 1-THIRD = SEMIFINAL B
2:10 P.M. DIVISION 2-FIRST VS. SEMIFINAL A = FINAL 1
3:50 P.M. DIVISION 1-FIRST VS. SEMIFINAL B = FINAL 2

SUNDAY JULY 7
9:30 A.M. GOLDEN BEAR HOCKEY SKILLS COMPETITION
12:30 P.M. FINAL 1 WINNER VS. FINAL 2 WINNER

CLOSING CEREMONIES






RECAPS AND PHOTOS


MONDAY, JULY 1

GAME 1: 10:50 AM VS. BC JR. CANUCKS (L, 3-0)
GAME 2: 5:30 P.M. VS. CHICAGO JR. BLACKHAWKS (L, 4-0)

Team Pennsylvania began the tournament with a 3-0 loss to the BC Jr. Canucks. Team Pennsylvania was under siege in the first period by the big and strong Jr. Canucks team, but in the last half of the game the boys found their legs and generated a number of good opportunities.

Team Pennsylvania finished the first day of the tournament by falling 4-0 to the Chicago Jr. Blackhawks.

--Recap provided by Chad Trenholm

TUESDAY, JULY 2
GAME 3: 7:10 P.M. VS. SASKATCHEWAN JR. PATS (OTL, 2-1)
In Game 3, the boys were better yet again. And with time fading away and trailing 1-0, Connor Trenholm scored with 2.5 seconds left to tie the game! After 3-on-3 and 2-on-2 overtime, Team Pennsylvania went to a shootout. Team Pennsylvania goalie Jake Goobie, who was the game's Third Star, stopped two of three shots, while Ty Voit and Matthew Argentia were stopped on the first two attempts. That left Connor Trenholm needing to score to extend the game, but he hit the post. Great effort and no-quit attitude by Team Pennsylvania!

--Recap provided by Chad Trenholm

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

GAME 4: 10:50 A.M. VS. TORONTO BULLDOGS (L, 3-2)
In Game 4 this morning, Team Pennsylvania played the defending champion and tournament favorite Toronto Bulldogs. With the score 1-1 after two periods on a goal by Matthew Argentina, Team Pennsylvania had a goal called back early in the third period and the Bulldogs scored on the next shift to take the lead 2-1. Sam Lipkin scored to tie the game 2-2, but the Bulldogs jammed one home with less than two minutes to take the game by a score of 3-2. Phenomenal effort by Team Pennsylvania, who are clearly improving each game.

--Recap provided by Chad Trenholm

THURSDAY, JULY 4
GAME 5: 9:10 A.M. VS. DETROIT RED WINGS (L, 3-0)
Dawson Richards made 28 saves to complete the shutout and led the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win against Pennsylvania. The Red Wings were sparked by Davis Codd, who tallied one goal. Codd scored 7:26 into the first period to put Detroit up 1-0. Shayne Beaufait picked up the assist. The Detroit Red Wings stifled Pennsylvania's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Pennsylvania's defense shut down Detroit Red Wings' forwards for much of the game, and Detroit Red Wings got off only 13 shots during the contest. The Detroit Red Wings additionally got points from Ryan Mast, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Detroit Red Wings also got a goal from Griffin Jurecki as well. Other players who recorded assists for Detroit Red Wings were Ty Gallagher and Henry Metz, who each chipped in one. The Detroit Red Wings incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Jake Goobie rejected 10 shots on goal for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.

--Recap courtesy of the tournament's official website

FRIDAY, JULY 5
GAME 6: 7:30 A.M. VS. TEAM MINNESOTA (OTL, 5-4)

Cruz C.E. Lucius gave Team Minnesota a 5-4 (OT) victory over Pennsylvania when he scored 1:49 into the extra period. Team Minnesota additionally got points from Damon Furuseth, who also tallied two goals and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Team Minnesota were Chaz C.H. Lucius, who had three.

Pennsylvania was led by Will Donato, who racked up two goals. Donato scored the first of his two goals at 2:57 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Donato's next tally made the score 3-3 with 12:56 left in the second period. Ryan Walker assisted on the tally. Pennsylvania also got a goal from Oscar Plandowski as well. In addition, Pennsylvania received assists from Luke Natemeier, Connor Trenholm, and Jackson Morehouse, who each chipped in one.

Anton Castro recorded 25 saves for Team Minnesota. Team Minnesota incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Michael Brown made 24 saves for Pennsylvania on 29 shots. Pennsylvania incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.

Team Pennsylvania finished the Brick Tournament with an 0-4-2 record.

--Recap courtesy of the tournament's official website

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--Photos provided by Chad Trenholm

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