Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals are set to start on April 3rd in 3 different locations for 4 different age groups. USA Hockey has just released the Pools for 14U, 15 only, 16U, and 18U divisions for the national tournament. Each team will play three round robin games, with the top team in each pool advancing to the semi-finals. One bad loss in round robin play can really put you in a hole for trying to advance to the semis. Over the next few days we will break down the divisions for you and give our predictions. Today we are going to take a look at the 14U Division.
14U – Pittsburg, PA
#6 Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers 35-11-4
#1 Little Caesars 52-6-2
#9 Anaheim Jr. Ducks 32-9-2
#72 Sioux Falls Power 13-38-2
#7 Buffalo Jr. Sabres 52-13-0
#5 Compuware 54-11-3
#29 South Shore Kings 58-20-4
#10 Colorado Thunderbirds 47-15-3
#4 Shattuck St. Mary’s 36-7-4
#8 Pittsburg Penguins Elite 38-21-2
#11 Chicago Mission 36-20-10
#13 Anchorage North Stars 22-7-0
#3 Honeybaked 59-13-2
#12 St. Louis Blues 49-15-5
#2 Florida Alliance 37-8-3
#15 Valley Forge Minutemen 42-14-10
By the Numbers:
Average Rank of Pools
Combined Record of Pools
Pool Record vs Other Teams at Nationals
Avg. GF per Game/GA per Game
This division will be one of the most competitive in the entire national tournament. It seems as though most teams can beat each other in any given game. The Liberty Pool seems to be the ‘Pool of death’ having the #2 and #3 teams in the country in it as well as the lowest average rank, as well as the lowest average goals against. The Liberty Pool teams are all high scoring and don’t give up a whole lot.
Pool Winner Predictions
USA- Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers
NHL- Shattuck St. Mary’s
Liberty- Honey Baked
National Champion Prediction
Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers
Be sure to head over to USAHockey.com to keep up with all of the action.
Best of luck to all 14U teams participating!
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