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Three of four area state champions win USA Hockey national tournament openers


The New York State champions produced by the north country went 3-4 on the first day of their USA Hockey National tournaments Wednesday.

Skating to wins were the North Country Ice Storm 16&Under Girls along with the St. Lawrence Thunder PeeWee and Bantam boys teams while the Thunder Midgets suffered a one-goal loss.


In Frisco, Texas, the Ice Storm carried a 2-1 lead into the third period before going on to claim a 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Junior Sharks in the Tier II 16&Under tournament opener for both squads.

The Junior Sharks tied the game with the lone goal of the third period and the teams skated through five minutes of scoreless sudden-victory overtime before going to a five-state shootout to decide a winner. Margret Troiano and Allison Miller scored on their penalty shots for the Ice Storm before Megan Plumb converted in the bottom half of the fifth round to lift her team to the victory.

The teams went scoreless through the first 17-minute period before Plumb broke through in the second. The Junior Sharks countered with the equalizer later in the period before the Ice Storm regained the lead early in the third on a goal by Jordyn Clothier. San Jose regrouped to knot the game at 2-2 with five minutes left in regulation.

Maddie Dillabough had an outstanding game between the pipes for the Ice Storm, logging 28 saves through regulation and overtime and another three stops in the shootout.

The Ice Storm are slated to take to the ice again today at 6:45 p.m. (CST) against the Mountain States Rock Stars.


At the Tier II 14&Under tournament in Wayne, New Jersey, the Thunder Bantams rattled off three goals over the final five minutes in posting a 6-3 win over California’s Orange County Hockey Club.

The Thunder got off to a strong start with a pair of unanswered first period goals. Jordan Robert opened the scoring 4:57 into the game off an assist from John Paul Chauvin. Wyatt Wilmshurst made it 2-0 at the 10:56 mark assisted by Kaden Pickering.

Orange County countered with a pair of goals in the second periodas Blaise Johnson scored unassisted at 1:59 before Cole Greif tied the game with 3:39 left in the middle frame assisted by Matt Wiesner.

The Thunder regained the lead just 1:05 into the final period when JD Greenway finished off a play set up by Ben Sprague and Logan Ford but Wiesner knotted the score at 3-3 off an assisst from Nolan Fitch with 7:06 remaining.

Wilmshurst sparked a decisive three-goal outburst at the 11:13 mark when he connected for the eventual game-winner off assists from Robert and Pickering. Hayden Hart made it 5-3 a minute and a-half later assisted by Ford and Sprague before Chad Varney capped the surge off an assist from Patrick Manning with 2:31 remaining.

Logan Brothers handled 12 shots backstopping the win while Alexander Frosh recorded 32 saves working the Orange County crease.

The Thunder return to action this afternoon when they take on the Lancaster Firebirds of Pennsylvania starting at 5 p.m. The Firebirds beat the New Hampshire Monarchs 5-1 in their tournament opener on Wednesday.


In Ashburn-Reston, Virginia, the Thunder PeeWees opened the Tier II 12&Under championships by holding on for a 6-4 win over the Boulder Bison of Colorado in a game where six goals were scored in the third period.

The Bison struck first when Stefan Fruhwirth broke through for a power play goals assisted by Brodie Weiner and Matthew Radziharsky just 2:25 into the game but the Thunder answered with four straight starting when Joshua Sanchez netted an unassisted goal to tie the game with 8:21 left in the opening period. Corson Green put the Thunder ahead six minutes later with a power play goal assisted by Jay Chubb.

Green made it 3-1 at the 5:12 mark of the second period with an unassisted goal before Sanchez closed out the Thunder run at 1:13 of the third assisted by Kyran Sunday.

The Bison outscored the Thunder 2-1 over the next 11 minutes to make it 5-3 before Kyler Head put the game out reach with an empty-net goal assisted by Green and Cole Allen with 1:52 left in regulation. Paden Clark made it 6-4 just 28 seconds later assisted by Timothy Lopez.

Sanchez completed his hattrick assisted by Sunday and Head with 8:35 left in the game while Nathan Moffitt turned aside 19 shots handling crease duties in the win while Casey Lindholm (15 saves) and Reilly Herbst (3 saves) combined to tend the Bison goal.


In Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Thunder Midgets got the Tier II 16&Under tournament off to a tough start, dropping a hard-fought 1-0 decision to the Flint Phantoms of Michigan.

Eric Hewitt connected from Austen Griggs and Jeffrey Lewis for a power play goal just 1:43 into the second period and Ryan Gasparovic fielded the 22 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Jake Watson stood tall between the pipes for the Thunder, making 22 saves as well.

The Thunder return to the ice today at 1 p.m. against WHEL Madison of Wisconsin which fell 5-4 to the Littleton Hawks of Colorado in its tournament opener earlier on Wednesday.

All the games played by the St. Lawrence Thunder Midgets will be aired live on WPDM-WSNN-radio, 1470AM-99.3FM.

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