NCCYHA Pee Wees, Squirts bring home titles

The NCCYHA Pee Wee Travel and Squirts traveled to Garfield, Ohio over Presidents Day Weekend to compete in the annual Melt the Ice Tournament, with both bringing home championship trophies.

Both teams finished 4-0, as the Pee Wees defeated the Winterhurst Warriors, Garfield Heights Bulldogs, Geauga Maple Leafs while the Squirts took down Mentor, Garfield Heights and Canton-Akron.

In the Pee Wee Steelers first game, they defeated the Warriors, 7-0, as Nick Pchelka led the way with three goals while Carter D’Agostino had two goals and an assist. Cassie Essek and Alex Venn each added a goal while Tyler Sack (two), Hunter Rizzo, Owen Nicosia, Jared Glowniak and Alex Venn had assists. Nick Novelli and Gabe Persch split time between the pipes.

In game two, NCCYHA topped the Bulldogs, 13-0. Glowniak had two goals to go with three assists while Alex Venn netted the hat trick to go with an assist. Essek had two goals, Nicosia a goal and two assists and Pchelka two goals. D’Agostino, Stephen Aldrich and Connor Daniels each chipped in a goal and an assist while Austin Venn, Jimmy Rush and Dylan Clemens charted two assists. Novelli and Persch were in net for the Steelers.

The Steelers downed the Maple Leafs, 10-0, behind a hat trick from D’Agostino, two goals and an assist from Glowniak and a goal and an assist from Sack and Nicosia. Also for the Steelers, Alex Venn and Essek had a goal each and Austin Venn, Pckelka, Rush, Ryback and Aldrich contributed an assist. Novelli and Persch were in net.

In the title game, the Steelers dropped the Warriors, 9-3, jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game. Winterhurst got back into it however, scoring a pair of goals of their own, but the Steelers proved to be too much in the second period, netting four goals to ballon their lead to, 7-2. The Steelers added two more goals in the third period for the 9-3 final.

Alex Venn netted a pair of goals for the Pee Wees while Glowniak, Nicosia, Daniels and Sack each added a goal and an assist. Rizzo and D’Agostino also scored in the win while Austin Venn (two), Essek, Ryback and Aldrich had assists. Novelli and Persch shared net-minding duties.

The Most Valuable Player Award, as voted on by the coaches, went to the entire team.

Meanwhile, the Squirts beat Mentor, 7-3; Garfield Heights, 8-0; and Canton-Akron, 5-1. In the Squirt B championship game, the Steelers beat Mentor, 3-1.

The 13-player squad included forwards Jonathan Maternowski (two assists, Game 3 MVP), Lincoln Paternosh (goal, assist), Ikaika Wojcinski (two goals, two assists), Jack Swanson (goal), Ethan Brunner (seven goals, two assists, tournament MVP), Gabe Schrader (three goals, four assists, Game 2 MVP) and Zach Korzeniewski (seven goals, two assists, Game 3 MVP). Defenders included Sydney Frost (two assists), Jack Storm (goal, three assists), Alex Rush (three assists), Austin Rott (two assists), Cooper Harris and Nick Frazier.

Rott and Harris shared time between the pipes, surrendering just four goals during their team’s four games. The Steelers outshot their opponents, 103-32, while Rush led all defenders, finishing at +11. Following Rush in +/- were Storm (+8) and Frost (+8). Wojcinski (+12) led all forwards while Brunner finished +11.

The Pee Wee team next plays in the Southtowns Tournament in Hamburg this coming weekend while the Squirts will be back in action on March 8-10, in Rochester.