March 13, 2005
The beat goes on for the Peewee Minor Elites, who added another State Select title to their resume in Marlboro over the weekend.
Peter King?s team played some of its best hockey of the season to again take home its third straight state crown.
Participating in their third straight Massachusetts Tier I State Championship as the #1 seed is a difficult task in itself. But for these 11 year olds to turn in the performance they did over the weekend is simply unbelievable.
The Warriors took on the No. 4 seed on Friday night, the Middlesex Braves, and beat the Braves, 8-0. An early Saturday morning match up pitted the Warriors against the Central Mass Outlaws, who were seeded No. 3. The Warriors continued their dominance at the Peewee Minor level in a convincing 12-0 rout of the Outlaws.
Saturday afternoon, the Warriors tangled with the No. 2-seeded South Shore Dynamos and got off to one of their fastest starts of the year. Halfway through the first period, the Warriors were in the driver?s seat with a 5-0 lead. By the end, it was 10-0.
Sunday's State Championship game was no different for the Warriors.
They dominated from the opening faceoff and ran away with the game by a 9-1 count over the Dynamos.
By the end of Sunday's game, the Warriors had scored 39 goals in the four-game weekend tournament, only giving up one.
?It has been one great run for this team over the last three years,? said King. ?This is their third consecutive State Championship and their 66th consecutive win in the Massachusetts Player Development League. It?s great to have an undefeated season but real special to have three of them strung together like this. This is just a real special team.?
Continues King: ?This year has been special for this group. This year they took their play to a whole different level. I always knew we had a special group of players on this team. The way youth hockey is today it seems every year players are jumping around from one team to the next looking for something else. These kids have stuck together, played together and truly developed together.?
The Peewee Elites have posted a very impressive overall record this season of 74-2-1, scoring 458 goals while only giving up 79. Some of their accomplishments include:
?The Outlaws Labor Day Classic Tournament Champion
?Minuteman Flames Columbus Day Classic Tournament Finalist
?Springfield Jr. Pics Fall Classic Tournament Champions
?Bell Canada Cup Peewee Minor AAA Herb Brooks Division Champions
?NEHL Peewee National League Champions
?Massachusetts Tier I Peewee Minor League Champions
?Massachusetts Tier I Peewee Minor State Champions
?I think you could say we a very proud off all they have accomplished over the last several seasons,? said King.