Southeastern District Tournament Preview - 14U Tier I & 12U Tier II
- Written on Thursday, 07 March 2013
- Written by Chris Grosso
Washington Little Caps, Carolina Jr Hurricanes, Thunder AAA
Washington Little Caps - Last time out the Caps swept team Maryland in a best of three series to take home the PVAHA Championship. They’ll look to ride that momentum this weekend against two tough opponents in the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and Thunder Hockey. The Caps went 3-0 against the Hurricanes this season, while they lost to Thunder Hockey, 7-3, on Jan. 19. Their opening matchup against Thunder Hockey will be a highly anticipated game.
Thunder Hockey - The Thunder are ranked No. 14 in the country and with good reason. They are only allowing an average of 2.1 goals per game this season. When the offense heats up, they are as good as any team in the country. From Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, the Thunder went 7-1. During that streak they combined to go 3-0 in games against the Caps and the Hurricanes, and they’ll hope history repeats itself.
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - The Hurricanes last played on Feb. 17, when they put the finishing touches on a two-game sweep against Team Maryland. On Feb. 2, the Hurricanes also picked up a big victory, defeating Team Illinois, 5-3. The Hurricanes lost their most recent contests to the Washington Little Caps and Team Maryland, but they’ll have a great opportunity to exact some redemption this weekend.
Pool A: Ashburn Xtreme, Charlotte Jr. Checkers, Scorpions, Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears
Ashburn Xtreme - When you talk about the hottest teams in the country, you have to include the Ashburn Xtreme in that discussion. The Xtreme are 12-1-1 in their past 14 games and they have been lighting up the scoreboard. In 10 of those 14 matches, they have scored at least five goals.
Charlotte Jr. Checkers - The Checkers have not played since Feb. 9, but they were playing well prior to the break. They went 5-0-1 in six games and held the opposition to four goals or less in four of those tilts. Their defense has been superb all year long and has only allowed 72 goals all season.
Tampa Scorpions - The Scorpions are clicking on all cylinders coming into the tournament. Before losing to the Florida Panthers on Feb. 24, the Scorpions won seven in a row and shutout four of those opponents. If they receive that kind of play from their defense they’ll make a deep run.
Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears - The Bears have not played that many games, but they sport an 11-1-2 record. Last weekend, they swept a two-game set against the Nashville Jr. Predators. The Bears won the Cincinnati Fall Classic Championship earlier in the season and they’ll hope that experience can propel them.
Pool B: Richmond Royals, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, Florida Jr. Panthers, Nashville Jr. Predators
Nashville Jr. Predators - The No. 2 team in the country is primed to make a deep run in the tournament. The Predators have outscored the opposition 45-12 in their past six games, all of which have resulted in victories. They are playing superb hockey down the stretch and they are arguably the favorites to go all the way.
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - A couple weeks back, the Hurricanes had won three out of four and they’ll look to regain that form. A lot of their losses have come by one or two goal margins, so they are better than their record indicates. On Mar. 2, they picked up a big victory over the TPH Thunder.
Florida Jr. Panthers - The Panthers have won three in a row and they also defeated the Tampa Scorpions in an overtime thriller last time out. They play superb hockey on both sides of the puck. They have outscored opponents 136-70 on the season and when they get into a rhythm, they can keep up with anyone around.
Richmond Royals - The Royals, winners of three out four, picked up victories against the Hampton Road Warriors and the Howard Huskies last time out. In those three victories, they combined to score 22 goals. If the Royals get that kind of production from the offense they’ll be in good shape.
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