After a heartbreaking Championship loss in the Congressional Cup Tournament held Haymarket VA prior to Thanksgiving, NoVA’s 10UAs traveled to Pittsburgh PA this past weekend and brought home the GOLD. NoVA swept their first two opponents, both AA teams from Michigan and Pennsylvania respectively before stumbling over the Tri County-Brockport Eagles, another AA team from New York. However, the 10UAs secured their place in the Championship Game with grit and determination and some truly brilliant plays that made their coaches proud.
As luck would have it, the Brockport Eagles made their way to the finals as well and a rematch against the newly-minted rivals was set. It was a hard-fought game complete with a brilliant 5 on 3 penalty kill performance from Ice Dogs in the closing two minutes of the game. Incredible goaltending was provided by Sam Cooper and a clutch, from the knees game-winning goal was scored by 1st year NoVA forward, Ale Nunez.
When the final buzzer sounded, the gloves came off, boys slammed into one another on the ice in celebration and the proud parents screamed themselves hoarse! The NoVa Ice Dogs 10UAs were crowned Champions and brought home the hardware.
But wait... the weekend had more in store, as their 10U brothers, NoVA's 10LAs were preparing to win GOLD in the Congressional Cup a day later.