Big Bear's Pond Rockets, 16-20 February 2018. The NoVA 16UAs were focused and energetic on Friday to start off the Big Bear Tournament in Nashville, TN, despite an early wake up call and a long flight to the Music City. The 16UAs opened the tourney by taking it to the Nashville Flyers (2-1) and the Marist (OH) Redhawks (3-0). On Saturday, despite outshooting the Music City Marauders 35-14, the 16UAs had a hard time finding the back of the net and lost 4-3. It didn't phase the boys for too long as we had already locked up a spot in the finals and had a fun night of great Nashville BBQ and a Predators game staring them in the face. They quickly put the loss behind them.
The 16s came ready to play on Sunday for the finals! They were flying from the first puck drop to the final buzzer. While the Nashville team made things interesting with a late goal to close the gap to 2-1, the Ice Dogs held on to win the game (3-1) and the championship.