It is hard enough to win an 8 game or 12 game tourney, but it is extremely difficult to enter a tournament with 15 other teams and come out on top. Well that is exactly what the Irish Squirt B Green did Dec 8-10th in Hibbing Mn. A Friday night opening win over Edina White 4-2 would start things off right and it would only get better on Saturday morning with a17-0 thrashing of over-matched Eveleth-Gilbert. The Irish would top it off Saturday afternoon by defeating host Hibbing 12-5 earning the #1 seed in Pool A and a birth in the Final 4. A 4-2 win over a tough Virginia would put the Irish up against Mesabi East where the boys would coast to a 7-2 Championship Victory. Congrats on a GREAT tournament.
The weekend of Dec 16th and 17th the Irish Squirt B Blue headed south down Highway 52 for a busy weekend of hockey at the Rochester Tournament. A great Saturday would earn 2 W's in victories over Rochester Red (7-1) and White Bear Lake (9-1). Sunday morning would start out HOT with a win against Rochester Black (3-1) to make it to the Championship game for the second weekend in a row. Pine City would be our opponent and another nail biter would be all tied up at 1 entering the 3rd.. The third period was back and fourth until the Dragons would take the 2-1 lead and an empty netter with 3 minutes left would seal the deal. The Irish once again held their heads high and maintained their composure with Irish pride despite the frustration and of another 2nd Place Finish. The Boys will try and get that monkey off their back Jan 5-7 in the Highland Tourney.
The weekend of Dec 8-10 that Irish Squirt B Blue participated in the “Salute to Hockey” Tournament in West St. Paul. They won their first 3 games (5-2 vs Prior Lake, 7-3 vs. Farmington and 7-4 vs. Lakeville North). This awesome 3 game run earned the boys the #1 overall seed and a trip To the Chip. The bad news however was this would mark the 3rd game in 7 days we would face Farmington and it is always difficult to beat a team 3 times. It was a hard fought game, but the Tigers would come out on top in a 3-2 thriller. Kudos to the boys on a great tournament and showing great sportsmanship in defeat.
The Squirt C Blue won the consolation championship at the Coon Rapids Invitational this past weekend. The tournament summary is as follows:
Squirt C Gold took 3rd place in the New Hope Classic after playing 5 games in 40 hours.
The Boys started the tourney off with their best game of the season in a 12 to1 win over Buffalo. The Irish followed that up with a 12 to 0 win against Blaine. A late Saturday night loss to prior lake 2 to 4 and early Sunday morning loss to Chaska/Chan 4 to 7 setup a Sunday afternoon 3rd place game against White Bear Lake where Rosemount would earn the hardware in an 8-1 victory.
Congrats to the 10U Green ladies for picking up their 2nd trophy of the season with a Consolation Win at Anoka. After a opening round 6-1 loss to Anoka-Rogers, the Irish got a 4-3 win over Roseville and a 3-1 win over Hopkins to claim the hardware. 10UB Green will try to make it 3 straight trophies when they play in the St Paul Hearbreaker in January.
Irish 7 Woodbury 2
Chaska-Chan 7 Irish 0
Irish 8 Delano 2
Irish 6 Apple Valley-Burnsville 3 in 3rd Place Game
Congrats to our Squirt C Gold who won the Minneapolis Cup over Thanksgiving Weekend. Big wins over host Minneapolis 11-0 and Edina 8-2 setup a Sunday Title tilt against Burnsville. An exciting game was knotted up at 6 apiece at the end of regulation and the boys would thrill the Irish Faithful with an OT winner and another Minneapolis Cup into the Trophy Case.
The 10UB Green team capped their Thanksgiving weekend by winning the Irish Ice Classic with a record of 3-1 in pool play and a 5-0 victory over Forest Lake in the championship game. It was a true overall team effort with two different goalies posting shutouts and many different girls stepping up to score key goals and make great defensive plays! Over the course of 5 games the team only allowed 7 goals while scoring 23 goals and made their coaches very proud with their collective defensive effort.
In addition to capturing the championship trophy on their home ice they also relied on the collective effort of their fans to capture the prestigious Hot Dog Eating Contest trophy which became an instant team favorite!
The Irish started out with a strong offensive showing and a shutout victory against Buffalo. Following that the Irish suffered a tough loss against Osseo Maple Grove putting them in the 3rd place game on Sunday. The team showed up ready to go the next morning, scoring 7 goals! The defense also showed their skills only allowing Moundsview/Irondale’s powerful offense to score 1 goal! Great job girls!
The Irish 12UB ladies started their tournament season out with a 3rd place finish at the Hopkins Turkey Tourney. An exciting quarter-final game against Moundsview-Irondale would go the Irish way with a 2-1 victory. The girls would fall short in the semi's to cross-town foe Lakeville 3-1, but bounce back in the 3rd place game shutting out Buffalo 2-0. Great start in adding an early trophy to your shelf.
The Rosemount Squirt C Green team took home the won the Consolation game at the Breezy Point November 17 – 19. The team played 4 games in the tournament and won three of their four match ups losing only to the eventual tournament champions STMA. Throughout the tournament, the Irish displayed a high level of sportsmanship and built relationships both on and off the ice. It was a great start to the year!
The Irish Peewee AA traveled to Moorhead over Halloween weekend to play in the 24 team Big Pumpkin. The Irish were pre-seeded #4 and opened up with a 9-0 thrashing of Blaine. 7 different skaters lit the lamp for the Irish with Gabe Jonasen pitching the shutoout. Next up was Chaska-Chan and another Irish victory 7-3 with Charlie Stramel leading the way with 2 goals and 2 assists. Onto the semi's and a bout with #1 state ranked Hermantown. Down 4-1 in the 3rd, the boys would fight back with 2 goals to make it 4-3, but a late Hermantown goal with a minute to go would earn the Hawks a 5-3 victory. The Irish would wrap up the 3rd place hardware with a 5-4 win over Andover with William Whitelaw notching the hat trick. Great Job and congrats to all the players and coaches.