It was another successful year for the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. During this year's Championship Monday, several big games were decided in overtime. Congratulations to all participants in this year's tournament. A full list of winners is below.
|Tier I Youth 14U||Detriot HoneyBaked (MI)|
|Tier I Youth 16U||Shattuck-St. Mary's (MN)|
|Tier I Youth 18U||Connecticut Wolf Pack (CT)|
|Tier I Girls 14U||Boston Jr. Eagles (MA)|
|Tier I Girls 16U||Shattuck-St. Mary's (MN)|
|Tier I Girls 19U||Chicago Mission (IL)|
|Tier II Youth 14U 1A||Portland Jr. Winterhawks (OR)|
|Tier II Youth 14U 2A||Tampa Scorpions (FL)|
|Tier II Youth 14U 3A||Oakland Grizzlies|
|Tier II Youth 16U 1A||Team South Dakota|
|Tier II Youth 16U 2A||Tampa Scorpions (FL)|
|Tier II Youth 16U 3A||St. Clair Shores (MI)|
|Tier II Youth 18U 1A||Portland Jr. Pirates (ME)|
|Tier II Youth 18U 2A||Ashburn Xtreme (VA)|
|Tier II Youth 18U 3A||Mid-State Mustangs (PA)|
|Tier II Girls 14U||Assabet Red (MA)|
|Tier II Girls 16U||East Coast Wizards (MA)|
|Tier II Girls 19U||Portland Pirates (ME)|
|High School Pure||Regis Jesuit (Colo.)|
|High School Combined||Cherry Creek (Colo.)|
|*Women's A||Minnesota McGoverns (MN) 2|
|*Women's B||Anaheim Lady Ducks (CA)|
|*Women's C||Minnesota Blue J Bandits (MN) 3|
|Tier III Junior (Division I)||North Iowa Bulls (IA)|
|Tier III Junior (Division II)||Boston Jr. Bruins (MA)|
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Youth Tier I National Championship | Amherst, N.Y.
|14U||Detroit HoneyBaked (Mich.)||Chicago Mission (Ill.)||2-1 (2 OT)|
Note: Second 14U national championship in three seasons for HoneyBaked.
|16U||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)||Detroit HoneyBaked (Mich.)||7-0|
Note: First-ever 16U national championship for Shattuck-St. Mary's.
|18U||Connecticut Wolf Pack (Conn.)||New Jersey Avalanche (N.J.)||5-4|
Note: First 18U national champion from outside Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan or Minnesota since 2002.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championship | Green Bay, Wis.
|14U||Boston Junior Eagles (Mass.)||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (Pa.)||2-1|
Note: First-ever 14U national championship for the Boston Junior Eagles.
|16U||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)||Chicago Young Americans (Ill.)||3-1|
Note: Third straight 16U title for SSM.
|19U||Chicago Mission (Ill.)||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)||3-2|
Note: Chicago breaks streak of six straight Tier I 19U national championships for either Assabet Valley (Mass.) or SSM.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 14U National Championship | Salt Lake City, Utah
|14U 1A||Portland Jr. Winterhawks (Ore.)||Idaho Junior Steelheads (Idaho)||3-2 (OT)|
Note: First-ever USA Hockey national championship for Oregon-based team.
|14U 2A||Tampa Scorpions (Fla.)||Chesterfield Falcons (Mo.)||5-4|
Note: First Tier II 14U 2A national championship for Florida-based team.
|14U 3A||Oakland Grizzlies (Mich.)||Steel City Renegades (Pa.)||4-1|
Note: Second straight Tier II 14U 3A national championship for a Michigan-based team.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championship | Plano, Texas
|16U 1A||Team South Dakota||Montana Thunderblades (Mont.)||4-3|
Note: Second straight Tier II 16U 1A national championship for Team South Dakota and third in four seasons.
|16U 2A||Tampa Scorpions (Fla.)||Affton Americans (Mo.)||3-1|
Note: Second Tier II 16U title in three seasons for Tampa Scorpions.
|16U 3A||St. Clair Shores (Mich.)||Hyland Hills Jaguars (Colo.)||4-1|
Note: St. Clair Shores adds to its numerous collection of USA Hockey national championships, the first of which came in 1968 at the single-class 17U tournament.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 18U National Championship | Troy, Mich.
|18U 1A||Portland Junior Pirates (Maine)||Charlotte Checkers (N.C.)||3-2 (OT)|
Note: First Tier II 18U national champion from Maine since Lewiston won in 2011.
|18U 2A||Ashburn Xtreme (Va.)||Team Ohio Black||4-3 (OT)|
Note: Second Tier II 18U 2A national title in three seasons for Ashburn Xtreme.
|18U 3A||Mid-State Mustangs (Pa.)||Littleton Hawks (Colo.)||4-1|
Note: Back-to-back Tier II 18U 3A national titles for Mid-State Mustangs.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Girls Tier II National Championship | East Lansing, Mich.
|14U||Assabet Valley Red (Mass.)||Amherst Knights (N.Y.)||2-1 (OT)|
Note: Back-to-back Tier II 14U national championships for Assabet.
|16U||East Coast Wizards (Mass.)||Team Alaska||2-1|
Note: East Coast Wizards played in two of the three Tier II Girls national championship games in 2015.
|19U||Portland Pirates (Maine)||East Coast Wizards (Mass)||2-1|
Note: All three Tier II Girls national championship games were decided by 2-1 scores.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Junior Tier III National Championship | Simsbury, Conn.
|Tier III - Division 1||North Iowa Bulls||Northern Cyclones (N.H.)||2-1|
Note: Second Tier III Junior national championship in three seasons for North Iowa.
|Tier III - Division 2||Boston Junior Bruins (Mass.)||New York Aviators (N.Y.)||9-1|
Note: Second straight Tier III Junior national championship for Boston Junior Bruins.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Women’s A, B & C National Championship | Green Bay, Wis.
|Senior A||Minnesota McGoverns||Minnesota Blue J's||2-0|
Note: First Women’s Senior A national championship for the Minnesota McGoverns.
|Senior B||Anaheim Lady Ducks (Calif.)||Rochester Edge (N.Y.)||8-2|
Note: Second Women’s Senior B national title in three seasons for the Lady Ducks.
|Senior C||Minnesota Blue J Bandits||O'Leary Hawks (Mich.)||3-1|
Note: First-ever Women’s Senior C national title for a Minnesota-based team.
2015 Toyota-USA Hockey High School National Championship | St. Louis, Mo. (March 23)
|Pure||Regis Jesuit H.S. (Colo.)||Santa Margarita H.S. (Calif.)||3-1|
|Combined||Cherry Creek (Colo.)||Dubuque Devils (Iowa)||2-1|
Eight months ago, the Indianapolis Racers 12-Under Tier II boys team began its season. The journey had it fair shares of highs and lows, but it ended where few teams get to go — in the USA Hockey National Championship game.
Backed by fast starts throughout the tournament, Indianapolis got out to another quick start and never looked back en route to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh 98’s in the 2A championship game Sunday afternoon at Sharks Ice in San Jose.
Indianapolis wasted little time showing who the top team was on Sunday. The Racers potted two goals in the first period, started off by a scrum in front. Joey Bolger poked in the loose puck to open the scoring with 5:34 left in the first period. Will Schlagenhauf then poked in a backbreaker with less than a minute to play in the period. After a wraparound try was denied, Schlagenhauf picked up his teammate and cleaned up the mess in front.
The far post tap-in gave the Racers a 2-0 lead after one period.
“It was a great start,” Indianapolis coach Fred Knipscheer said. “We have been doing that the whole tournament. The kids didn’t show any nerves early, which was great to see. We have depth all the way through the lineup and we were able to use that again to our advantage today.”
Jack Knipscheer and Joey Barone assisted on the second goal. The unselfish play was a trademark of the Racers’ championship effort throughout their stay in San Jose.
“Fourteen of our 16 skaters scored a goal this week,” Knipscheer said. “It’s unbelievable. The boys knew their roles and really played outstanding hockey. Everyone on our roster had a part in us getting here.”
Matt Sawyer continued the Indy fun midway through the second period, scoring a power-play goal to extend the advantage to 3-0.
“We usually start games good,” Racers captain Riley Doyon said. “We all want each other to do well. It’s been a great experience. Right from the start, I always knew that we could do this.”
Sawyer lifted a wrist shot high into the top corner to end a strong power play with a goal.
The Pittsburgh 98’s came into the finals undefeated along with the Racers. The black-and-yellow clad bunch scored the first of two goals on the afternoon late in the second period.
Aiden Beck buried a pretty crossing feed from teammate Brendan Walkom to get the 98’s on the board with 1:31 left in the second.
Roman Kraemer tipped in the second Pittsburgh goal midway through the final period of play.
Nikita Slivchenko and Billy Harris each got assists on the score.
Justin Whited and Doyon each added goals for the Racers in the final period. Whited picked up a rebound next to the post and zipped behind the net to wrap in the pretty finish.
Doyon’s empty-netter started off the celebration with just less than a minute to play.
“It was crazy,” Doyon said about his emotions after the empty-netter went in. “I was just so happy that we did it. I just wanted the game to end so I could celebrate with my teammates.”
Story courtesy of Red Line Editorial, Inc.