The Clinton Youth Hockey Association played host to the New York State Amateur Hockey Association – Tier II Bantam (14 and under) Championship this past weekend at the historic Clinton Arena.
Nine (9) teams laced up the skates in the tournament, which began bright and early on Friday morning at 6:00 a.m..
The Long Island Rebels and the Long Island Edge represented the Downstate Section; the Camillus Cougars, Skaneateles Lakers and Clinton Comets represented the Central Section; the Tonawanda Lightning and Buffalo Bisons represented the Western Section, while Schenectady and the St. Lawrence Thunder represented the Northern Section.
After pool play concluded on Saturday evening, four teams were left standing to play in Sunday morning’s crossover semi-finals.
The Buffalo Bisons and the St. Lawrence Thunder squared off in the first semi-final, which saw the Thunder score five unanswered goals and notch a 5-2 victory and a ticket to the finals.
The Long Island Edge and the Long Island Rebels took to the ice in the second semi-final and the it was the Rebels who got the win, filling the remaining line in the final on the tournament bracket.
The finals saw the Rebels jump out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, but Saint Lawrence scored four unanswered goals over the course of the final 18 minutes of the hockey game to win the Tier II State Championship.
St. Lawrence advances to the USA Hockey National Championship in Wayne, NJ, March 28 – April 1.
Congratulations to The Clinton Youth Hockey, especially Tournament Director Dave Novak on an outstanding tournament!
The long list of volunteers who helped to make the State Championship Tournament happen in Clinton did an absolutely terrific job!
Congratulations to the Clinton Bantams as well, who, as the host team, finished at 1-2 in pool play, defeating Schenectady, narrowly losing to Long Island Rebels 5-4 (after trailing 5-0) and losing to the eventual champion Saint Lawrence.