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Timberwolves PeeWees defend state championship

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BRASHER FALLS - After surviving a pair of preliminary round losses, the Tri-Town Timberwolves PeeWees successfully defended its New York State Amateur Hockey Association Tier III 12-Under Championship this past weekend in Amherst.

Coached by the trio of Brad Adams, Chad Phippen and Chris Rose, the Timberwolves opened the tournament on a promising note with a 5-0 win over Onondaga but wound up suffering back-to-back losses to Jamestown (5-1) and Palisades (6-2).

Despite the losses, the Timberwolves managed to qualify for the semi-finals as the second seed behind Palisades in their division. They went on to beat Bronxville, the top seed from the other round-robin division, 3-1 in the semis, setting up a rematch with Palisades in the state final. Palisades advanced via a 3-2 decision over Saranac Lake.

The Timberwolves avenged their preliminary round loss with a 4-3 overtime win in capturing a second straight state title.

Members of the championship team included; Noah Adams, Rico DiMatteo, Payton Felix, Olivia Hunter, Ryan LePage, Brendan Phippen, Jasmine Pyke, Kaleb Rathbun, Jah Robertson, Torran Robertson, Carter Rose, Jarrett St. Hilaire, Logan Shantie, John Sullivan, Tyler Svarczkopf and Grant Taylor.

At the Tier III 14-U Tournament, the Tri-Town and Louisville Bantams both reached the semis where the Timberwolves advanced past the Lightning with a 5-1 win before falling 5-1 to Onondaga in the title game.

In their first round games, Tri-Town loss to Onondaga 4-2), beat Geneseo 7-2 and downed Pelham 3-0 while Louisville edged Cortland 4-3, blanked Olean 6-0 then beat Palisades 7-4 to earn the top seed from the division for the Sunday semifinals.

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