Six Teams Leave Nashville With Banners to Hang
No shortage of Excitement at 200×85’s CCM Nashville Event
The Music City hosted 58 teams this past weekend for 2022 CCM Nashville. From Arizona to Oshawa, teams came in to face off for 131 total games, tallying nearly 900 goals in the conquest to glory. From 2012 to U15, six divisions battled, but only six teams came out on top as champions.
The Philadelphia Little Flyers made quick work of the round robin and their first adversity in the semi-final match, though they prevailed in overtime versus the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Keeping the quest alive, but they had an even larger challenge ahead, the Providence Hockey Club. Both undefeated entering, the match was a tight one. In the end, the Providence Hockey Club and Nathan Weed, Howie’s Hockey 2012 Division MVP, held on to win 5-4.
During their round-robin match, regulation settled nothing. The Windy City Storm and the Minutemen Flames squared up and tied 3-3 on Friday. Fast-forward to Sunday; Both are still undefeated in regulation looking to pick up where they left off. Three periods later, they remain square. It took overtime to determine a winner. The Windy City Storm finally ended this duel by a final score of 5-4, and Kaleb Jacques was recognized as the Howie’s Hockey 2011 Division MVP.
Coming out of the semi-final with a division high 34 goals, Team Wisconsin advanced to the Championship to face the team with the least amount of goals against the New Jersey Colonials. Ryan Hanutke, Howie’s Hockey 2010 Division MVP, and Team Wisconsin completed their weekend sweep and left Nashville as Champions.
Over 800 miles from home in a foreign country, the Oshawa Generals came to play in Nashville. Undefeated through pool play defeating all of their American opponents, they were ready to face off with their Ontario neighbor, Markham Majors, in the final. The Canadian squads battled it out and the Generals completed their weekend sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Majors. Max Hutchings of the Generals was named Howie’s Hockey 2009 Division MVP.
BOYS 2009 Elite
With a 4-2 victory over Omaha Mastery, Providence Hockey Club advanced to face the Florida Alliance in the 2009 Elite Division Championship. Both teams were undefeated thus far, the Alliance led the tournament in goals (27) and Providence was just behind them (23). Both teams were a goal apart in terms of goals against. It was sure to be a great matchup. The Florida Alliance ended the game on top and the Alliance’s Reese Tracy was named the Howie’s Hockey 2009 Elite Division MVP.
Both finalists for the 2008 Division, entered the match undefeated through pool play. The Nashville Jr. Predators and the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes were not willing to yield in regulation. The match required overtime and Nolan Roberts buried the game-winner on a penalty shot that sealed the win to earn the Jr. Hurricanes a championship banner to hang back home. Joseph Skidmore of the Jr. Hurricanes was named the Howie’s Hockey 2008 Division MVP.
The 15U Division Championship was the battle of the Panthers. The Sun County Panthers and the SHAHA Panthers had proven all weekend to be defensively stingy, but the Sun County Panthers had been flexing their offensive muscles all weekend, scoring a division-leading 20 goals through pool play. The Sun Country proved they were the superior Panthers, defeating SHAHA with the help of William Claridge, Howie’s Hockey 15U Division MVP.