McKinney North Stars 16U AA
McKinney North Stars 16U AA
McKinney North Stars 16U AA
The 2018-19 Season has begun in McKinney, TX. Labor day weekend marks the annual Leveling Tournament at the Texas Shootout.
Day 1 proved to be strong for the North Stars with a 12-2-1 record for the day with all 3 losses being by one goal. A total of 89 goals for and 31 goals against.
The North Stars finished the overall Tournament with a 28-13-1 record and the 10u A & 16u AA both winning their Championships.
The 16u AA only gave up 4 total Goals in their 6 games & the 10u A scored 34 goals on the way to their championship.
Way to Shine Bright North Stars!
Do you believe in miracles? You should because one can happen when it is supported by a whole season of hard work, great coaching, lots of practice ice, great conditioning, outstanding goalie play, great kids and an attitude to never stop trying.
Our 18u and 16u teams went into the state tournament as underdogs—seeded 2nd for 18u and 3rd for 16u—and both walked away as Tier II State Champions after defeating DJHA 4 to 3 with late heroics.
18u started the tournament with two wins on Friday (4-1 over Brahmas and 5-0 over Wild) to know that night they had a spot in the championship game. On Saturday, in the final prelim game the team lost to DJHA 5 to 3.
On Sunday, Jacob Reynolds put the team up 1 nothing on a power play in the first. The Penguins tied it up in the second. The North Stars took a 3-1 lead off of goals 26 seconds apart by Jonah Fleisher and Christopher Wyse, but that left over 12 minutes to play. That was too long for an outstanding DJHA team, many of who were on the National winning 16u team last year. DJHA tied the game up with 4:31 left.
With 10 seconds left of a power play and with a faceoff in DJHA’s zone, the puck dropped back, Jonah Fleisher picked it up and passed to Chase Nies who had sneaked down by the net. Chase made a move on the goalie who went down and tripped Chase, but with his feet in the air as he fell, Chase puts the puck in around the goalie with 1:59 left and the team held on. Great game in net by Joseph Reynolds. We were outshot 36 to 16.
The 16u team watched the 18u team defeat DJHA and it gave them hope as well. They had to get to the game first. They defeated the Wild 4 to 1 to start the tournament, lost to DJHA 6-1 (although game was closer) and then, in a winner advances and loser is done game, dominated a shorthanded and tired Warriors team 6 to 2.
Our 16u team had only beat DJHA once, way back in September in the leveling tournament, although we took them to a shootout one other time. That was history though and this was just one game. McKinney scored three times on its first 5 shots, with Max Breon getting the first, Jacob Thompson the second, and Stefan Kruger the third. So with 5:01 left in the first, the team was up 3 nothing on an amazing DJHA team. DJHA switched goalies.
The team kept attacking in the first, but saw the Penguins score late. The team slowed down a little in the second and saw DJHA make it a one goal game. Leading 3-2 after an ice cut in the second intermission, the team came out strong in the third and kept attacking.
With 3:05 left, we took a penalty to stop a scoring chance. With 2:14 left, we took another penalty when a DJHA player slashed our goalie hard and our defenseman took strong objection—should have called them for the slash also but refs gave DJHA a 5 on 3 power play in the final 2:14 of the state championship game. The team killed off the 5 on 3 and were 32 seconds away from killing both penalties when DJHA scored to tie the game with 46 seconds left.
Some teams would have given up in that scenario, but not our team. For the next 40 seconds, we attacked and spent most of the time in DJHA’s zone. The one time the puck popped out, it went almost all the way down the ice below the faceoff circles in our zone. Stefan Kruger sent a huge pass cross ice up to Cullen Hogan at the redline. Cullen tipped it forward and Nate Albers beat a DJHA player to the puck, skated it in, and, with only one glove, shot it just below the faceoff dot and it went in, being redirected by the defenseman’s stick. That happened with 6.8 seconds left, so pandemonium ensued on the ice, but even more among our coaches and players on the bench. It was a beautiful sight to behold. As in the 18u game, we were outshot—35 to 15—but Cam Pendleton was up to the task.
This is the first time the McKinney North Stars has had a team in the championship game and our first State Championship in the three years we have competed as the McKinney North Stars. Both teams will play at the USA Hockey National Tournament April 5-9. 18u will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin, while 16u will go to Wayne, New Jersey.
So, a great and historic weekend for McKinney hockey. Hopefully that is a sign of many great things to come.
Six McKinney North Stars teams completed in tournaments the first weekend in October with 2 teams winning the championship, 3 teams finishing in second place, and one team losing in the semi-final round.
14u A won its first tournament of the year, going 5-0-0 at the AHU Icebreaker Invitational Tournament. The team outscored its opponents 28 to 5 in five games and defeated the Jr. Coyotes 8 to 1 in the Championship Game.
16u A also won its first tournament of the year. The team went 5-0-0 at the AHU Icebreaker. The team outscored its opponents 27 to 4 in five games and defeated the Mission Ice 4 nothing in the championship.
18u AA and 14u AA both finished in second place at the AHU Icebreaker. Both teams finished the prelims as the number one seed. 18u AA lost to the Iowa Wild AAA 17u team 3 to 1 in the championship, with the final goal being an empty net goal. 14u AA won three preliminary round games and one semi-final game before getting in penalty trouble in the championship game and losing 6 to 3 to the Vegas Golden Knights.
12u A competed at the Big Bear Rolling Thunder Tournament. The team started the tournament out with a 3 to 2 win against an Affton Americans' team. The team then lost 4 to 6 to another Americans team and then 1 nothing to the Spirit. Making it to the semis, the team defeated in a shootout the Americans team it lost to in the prelims. In the championship game the team lost with 30 seconds left in overtime.
16u AA also had a strong showing against some tough teams at the AHU Icebreaker. The team defeated the AHU Silver Knights--who would go on to win the tournament--2 to 1 in the first game. The team then lost to the Jr. Sundevils 3 nothing and tied the Flagstaff North Stars. In the semis, the team lost to the Sundevils 3 to 6. Despite the loss the team played great, especially without four players making the trip and most of the team being in various stages of sickness and recovery.