January 5th to 7th, 2018
The Hatfield Ice Dogs 16AA team traveled to Forest, Ontario during the weekend of January 5-7th 2018 to participate in the International Silver Sticks Tournament. The Ice Dogs qualified for the tournament by making it to the finals at the Silver Sticks Eastern Regionals in Columbia, MD in November. The team and their family members traveled 13 hours by bus through two separate snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures to arrive in Sarnia, Ontario for the tournament. The Ice Dogs were the only U.S. participant in the field of six teams.
After finishing 1-1-1 in the initial three game series, the Ice Dogs advanced to the playoffs as the fourth and final seed. They beat the 1st seed Stayner Cyclones 2-1 to advance to the finals against the South Bruce Blades. In a heart pounding final game, the Ice Dogs beat the Blades 2-1 in overtime to claim the International Silver Sticks Championship Tournament. Dean Keller had the game winning goal , as Josh Kaufhold, Frankie Rota , Oscar Levin were all named as Silver Sticks All Stars