PeeWee AA – Chaffee Take Big Bear Title
The Firebirds PeeWee AA headed up to Colorado ready to play some hockey and bond as a team. The Firebirds participated in the Big Bear Hockey Tournament which took place January 17th-21st in Denver, Colorado at the Big Bear Ice Arena.
The team took to the pond on Friday morning with a light workout and skate at Evergreen Lake. The boys enjoyed some pickup pond hockey to get their legs loose and lungs full of some Rocky Mountain “Mile High” oxygen. Several of the moms and even an older brother joined in the fun as the coaches and players soaked up a beautiful Colorado day in the sunshine!
Friday night the tournament started with the Firebirds facing the Glenwood Grizzlies. The Firebirds took care of business in their opener with a 6-2 margin of victory off a three (3) goal night by Daniel Chambers. The second opponent of the day was the Littleton Hawks in a evening shootout that saw the Firebirds take a commanding 6-1 game. Six (6) individual goals were scored by the Firebirds, with Carson Masten leading with multiple assists for the game.
Going into Sunday-Jan 20th, the Firebirds were 3-0 and needed solid games. Sunday morning the Firebirds took a 3-2 victory in a tight game over Steamboat. The win marked another solid team effort from the Firebirds with scoring and assists spread out amongst several players. Robbie Beck continued his prowess on defense and stepped up on offense for an assist.
Sunday night the opponent was the San Juan Wild and the Firebirds really put on a scoring show with seven (7) players scoring and multiple assists by Cooper Newlin and Luc Pascale. The seven goals were complimented by eleven (11) assists from teammates, which made for an all around offensive effort by the Firebirds and paved the way to a showdown in the Championship game.
The Firebirds drew Steamboat on Monday-January 21st for the Big Bear Championship game as parents and family from all over gathered and cheered on the team. Steamboat came out early with a goal to go up 1-0 on the Firebirds, but late in the 1st period the Firebirds avenged the score to 1-1 on a long goal by Jacob Schiller. Luc Pascale scored early in the second period to put the Firebirds up 2-1 and play a hard fought period with Steamboat on the defensive end. The third period started with Pascale putting in another goal to pad the Firebirds lead to 3-1. The team played a hard third period and an empty net goal by Dante Bagnasco sealed the victory. Captain, Daniel Chambers accepted the MVP award on behalf of the entire team, as the Firebirds displayed amazing teamwork and synergy throughout the tournament.
Players, coaches, families and friends all participated in what youth hockey is all about…..the spirit of competition and teamwork mixed with friendship and fun amongst teammates and their families.