The AAA Thunder Peewee Minor team ventured to the Super Series tournament in Foxboro, Massachusetts and learned a lot about their competition and a little about themselves in the six game series.
The Super series is described on their website as: The future of hockey at the youth level with only the top teams in the US and/or Canada competing against each other.
Participation is generally restricted to the top 25 teams in the United States and Canada according to MYHockeyRankings.com with priority given to the Top 20 AAA teams. Teams should be Tier I for the 18U, 16U, 14U, and 12U age divisions. The SuperSeries falls under USA hockey guidelines. ONLY Teams with legitimate T1 rosters are allowed to participate.
The weekend at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro, Massachusetts, featured games against some of the top peewee minor teams in the U.S. all of which competed in the Boston Super2K Series. The participants included the host team, the South Shore Kings, the Colorado Thunderbirds, TPH Thunder, the highly ranked Mid Fairfield Blues, and Westchester Express and New Jersey Colonials.
The rosters for the Boston Super2K Seriesincluded the following youth players from different parts of the country:
South Shore Kings- The Kings roster was comprised of Tristan Amonte,AJ Caprio,Gunnar Fontaine,Johnny Goudreault,Blake Graham,Matthew Lane,Cam Lemanski,Dylan McNally,Jeremy Miller,Jack Murphy,John Murray,Trevor Spence,Ryan Stevens and Will Zink.
Colorado Thunderbirds- The team roster consisted of net minders Noah DeSouzaand Zach Stern, the defensemen were Mason Perich,George Cathers, Chase Gleason,Matthieu Wuth,Jonathan Morrison,Devin Steffler andRowan Barnes. the forwards include DJ Whittall, Nolan Foote,Holden Fry, Nikita Krivokravsov, Beck Moore,Bryan Lockner,Chase Sakic,Michael Sandoval,Connor Akerson and Wyatt Schlaht.
TPH Thunder- Offensively, they are led by forwards Cooper Fensterstock (did not play), Cannon Green, AJ Kolesar, Cole Warner,Valentino Passarelli,Quinn Fahey,Daniel Ragusa,Spencer Anderson, Joe Orem,Braiden Dorfman and Colin Hedge, while protecting goalies Mack Guzda and Mason Palmer are defensemen Jonathan Shaw,Dylan Mckenzie,Breck Crawford,Trevor Russell and Zachary Conner (did not play) and Tommy Larson.
Mid Fairfield Blues- At 19-3-2,the Blues are currently the No. 14 ranked peewee minor team in the U.S., and so far this season they are outscoring their opponents an incredible 97-37. The roster includes forwards Colin Rueda,Shea Courtmanche,Maximilian DeBeradinis,Matt Daveu,Edward Glassmeyer,Owen Collins,Mathieu de Saint Phalle,Finn Walke and Jordan Tonelli. On the blue line for the Blues feature defensemen Jamie Kellogg,Jake Levato,Jack Mozingo,Thomas VanBelle and Sam Seter. In goal for the Blues has been the tandem of Henri Pfeifle and John-Paul Mella.
WestchesterExpress- Led by goalies Tate Brandon and Andres Falcon, the Express have allowed just 42 goals in 18 games for an average of 2.33,which is a key factor to their early season success. Defensively, Luke Krys, Emma Seitz,Boomer Guadalue, Owen Nolan,Pierson Brandon and Gray Betts are on the blueline. . Prior to the tournament the Express have averaged over four goals per game and are led by forwards Alex Mozian,Nicholas Seitz, Colin Cobb, Drew Elser,Jacob Lanyi,Michael Leva, Uriel Lurie and James Carrier.
New JerseyColonials- As the highest ranked team in the tournament, the Colonials enter with a record of 11-3-0 and winners of five straight games. Thus far on the season the Colonials have more than tripled their opponents goal totals, outscoring them 70-22. The Colonial roster featured forwards Alex Cavaluzzo,Kieran Gruby,Trevor Clemson,Nate DeFares,Thomas Winter,Jake Malone,Charles Shaffer,Zach Lindewirth,Jake DeBoer and Connor Flaherty. Defensive alignments include, Shane Miller,Pito Walton,Nicolas Petruolo,Aidan Wright and Nicholas Hahn.
The TPH Thunder squad displayed impressive skating skills and proved that they could compete with some of the best teams in the country. The squad ended up with a 1-3-2 record in their first Super Series test this season. Cannon Green (9 goals) and AJ Kolesar ( 3 goals and 1 assist) provided strong offensive performances while Valentino Passarelli played well splitting time between forward and defense while filling in for Trevor Russell.
The good news was that it was not speed or skill that separated the TPH squad but passing and discipline gaffes including the inability to find the open man on several plays that could have resulted in goals which could conceivably have changed the final score in the Thunder’s favor.
Still the season is early and there is plenty of time to work on passing and the team’s power play which did not seem to produce results despite numerous opportunities.
In contrast the New Jersey Colonials and Mid-Fairfield Blues utilized power play units that differed from their regular rotation.
Despite one win and two ties the TPH team surprised many local Boston area spectators who continually inquired exactly where the team came from. Several opposing parents appeared surprised at the ability of the Thunder squad. One onlooker said out loud that they thought playing the TPH teamwould be a blowout.