Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals Girls 16U Preview | Youth1

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals Girls 16U Preview

Tier 1 Girls USA Hockey Nationals are set to start on April 4th in Irvine, California for all 3 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 16U Division.



16U Pools:

USA Pool

#8 Jr. Flyers

#1 MN Elite Gray

#35 Washington Pride

#7 Boston Jr. Eagles

Olympic Pool

#10 Belle Tire

#3 Chicago Mission

#26 Anaheim Lady Ducks

#9 East Coast Wizards

NHL Pool

#2 Bay State Breakers

#15 Dallas Stars Elite

#4 Selects at BK

#16 Mid Fairfield Stars

Liberty Pool

#5 Shattuck St. Mary’s

#20 Pittsburg Penguins Elite

#6 CT Polar Bears

#19 Buffalo Regals

By the Numbers:

Average Rank of Pools

USA- 20.75

Olympic- 12

NHL- 9.25

Liberty- 12.5

Combined Record of Pools

USA- 97-49-14

Olympic- 109-53-32

NHL- 101-42-12

Liberty- 94-59-28

Pool Record vs Other Teams at Nationals

USA- 17-10-3

Olympic- 15-16-9

NHL- 17-18-8

Liberty- 18-18-6

Avg. GF per Game/GA per Game

USA- 3.45/2.22

Olympic- 2.40/1.31

NHL- 3.67/1.81

Liberty- 2.54/1.96

This division on paper is going to be a battle; the field is led by the top 10 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 USA Pool seems to be the ‘Pool of death’ having 3 of the top 8 teams in the country in it. The Minnesota Elite Grey sitting at 17-4-2 will be the team to beat in the tournament as the #1 seed. The Olympic Pool games should all be great games as the teams in this pool have the lowest GA/gm avg., goals will be tough to come by. Get ready for end-to-end action with great goaltending. On the contrary the NHL 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- Minnesota Elite Gray

Olympic- Chicago Mission

NHL- Selects at BK

Liberty- CT Polar Bears

National Champion Prediction

Selects at BK

Best of luck to all of the Girls 16U teams participating!


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