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Maine Moose Tier II 2A 14U 2018 USA Hockey National Champions

04/15/2018, 8:45pm EDT
By Benjamin Grey

The Maine Moose U14 made their first National Championship appearance in Amherst, New York and placed Maine on the map. The team earned the right to compete at the National Tournament by defeating the Gladiators in the best out of 3 State Tournament that was held in early March. 

The first game of the tournament had the Moose playing against the Arizona Jr. Sun Devils. The Moose came out flying as they scored 25 seconds into the game.  The Moose then added a goal in each of the periods to win 3-0.  Cam Knowles had two goals, Logan Beckwith had a goal and an assist, Trevor Ouellette, Jonny Flynn, and Gabe Poirier each chipped in an assist.  Josh Girard earned the shutout in net with 20 saves. 

The Moose then squared off against the Gulf Coast Flames who were the highest ranked team in the division. The Moose took a 2-0 lead into the second period with goals from Tyler Snell and Trevor Ouellette with assists going to Gabe Poirier, Jonny Flynn and Isaac Grondin. The Flames got one back to make it 2-1 but the Moose responded late on a goal from Quincy and assisted by Isaac to take a 3-1 lead into the 3rd.  Quincy Tobias would finish off the scoring with an assist going to Tyler, and Logan.  Girard stopped 26 of 27 shots.

The Moose went into their third game looking for the number 1 seed heading to the quarterfinals and came out slow finding themselves down 1-0.  The boys came alive and responded with 8 unanswered goals to finish the game with an 8-2 victory. Knowles led the team with 3 goals, Ouellette had 2 goals and 1 assist, Poirier had 1 goal and 2 assists, Quincy 1g 1a, Tyler 1g 1a, Logan 1a, Jonny 2a and Isaac 1a.  Fenix Wheelden was solid in net picking up his first National win. 

On to the quarterfinals the Moose faced off against the Florida Jr. Everblades.  They scored first taking a 1-0 lead into the 2nd.  Logan would redirect a pass to tie the game at 1 with assists going to Gabe and Trevor.  The game would remain tied at the end of regulation and would head to a sudden death overtime.  The Moose would find themselves shorthanded 10 minutes into overtime but an aggressive Trevor forced a turnover in the offensive zone and buried his opportunity sending the Moose into the semi-finals.  Girard stopped 37 shots.

In the semi-finals the Moose played the Providence Jr. Friars.  The Moose would go down 1-0 after 1.  The Moose tied it at 1 with a goal from Trevor assisted by Cam.  Providence responded to go up 2-1 but Quincy tied it at 2 with an assist from Isaac to end the 2nd.  Late in the 3rd a quick shot from Trevor found the back of the net to put the Moose up 3-2 with assist going to Logan and Gabe.  Gabe would then add an empty net goal and sealed the deal to send the team to the Finals. 

In the finals the Moose would play Gulf Coast once again.  They wanted revenge, however, the Moose were ready and up to the challenge.  Gabe scored in the first, Trevor picking up the assist.  Isaac would then score a power play goal in the 2nd on a beautiful drive to the net.  Trevor would bury one late with an assist from Gabe and the Moose would take a 3-0 lead into the 3rd.  Gulf Coast didn't give up and Trevor iced the game with an empty net goal. 

They are the first team from Maine to accomplish this feat at this age level. Everyone on this team had a role to play and they all executed it as planned during the week.  The coaching staff couldn't be more proud of the efforts as the team played 6 games in 5 days and ended the tournament a perfect 6-0.

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