Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals Girls 14U Preview | Youth1

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals Girls 14U Preview

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals are set to start on April 4th in Irvine, California for the 3 different age groups. USA Hockey has just released the Pools for the Girls 14U, 16U, and 19U 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 Girls 14U Division.

 

 

14U Pools:

USA Pool

#1 MN Green Giants

#57 Washington Pride

#12 North Shore Vipers

#11 Buffalo Bisons

Olympic Pool

#18 NJ Junior Titans

#42 Team North Dakota

#7 Assabet Valley

#2 Little Caesars

NHL Pool

#5 East Coast Wizards

#9 Chicago Young Americans

#40 Dallas Stars Elite

#17 Anaheim Lady Ducks

Liberty Pool

#4 Pittsburg Penguins Elite

#31 San Jose Jr. Sharks

#24 Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack

#3 Chicago Mission

By the Numbers:

Average Rank of Pools

USA- 20.25

Olympic- 17.25

NHL- 17.75

Liberty- 20.34

Combined Record of Pools

USA- 74-59-10

Olympic- 104-42-17

NHL- 110-56-13

Liberty- 126-69-21

Pool Record vs Other Teams at Nationals

USA- 6-10-0

Olympic- 15-13-2

NHL- 22-12-2

Liberty- 18-22-0

Avg. GF per Game/GA per Game

USA- 3.03/2.09

Olympic- 3.50/1.69

NHL- 2.88/2.02

Liberty- 3.00/1.58

This division on paper is going to be a battle, the field is led by the top 9 teams in the country, which will lead to some great round robin games. It seems as though most of the top teams can beat each other in any given game, which should make for a great semi final and final. The Liberty Pool seems to be the ‘Pool of death’ having 2 of the top 4 teams in the country in it. The Minnesota Green Giants standing at a perfect 18-0-0 will be the team to beat in the tournament. The Liberty Pool games should all be great games as the teams in this pool have the lowest GA/gm avg. Get ready for end-to-end action with great goaltending. On the contrary the Olympic Pool teams are all high scoring and also don’t give up a whole lot, so it will be interesting which teams can shut the opposition down.

Pool Winner Predictions

USA- MN Green Giants

Olympic- Little Caesars

NHL- East Coast Wizards

Liberty- Chicago Mission

National Champion Prediction

Chicago Mission

Best of luck to all of the Girls 14U teams participating!

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