One Silver Stick Finals weekend down in Port Huron, one more to go.
This week the Blue Water hockey scene will be jammed with the top teams from Bantam AA, Bantam A, Pee Wee AA and Pee Wee A. Before the teams make the trek to Port Huron, here are the top teams that will be lighting it up at this week’s Silver Stick Finals.
Depending on how you look at it, Pool D is either the place to be or the last pool anyone wants to be in.
The pool has the No. 1-ranked team from Ottawa – the Ottawa Sting – and the No. 1-ranked American team – the USA Eagles – headlining the pack. Those two teams will meet on Friday at 9 a.m.at Glacier Pointe.
Although Ottawa is coming in as one of the continent’s best teams, they’re hardly the only impressive team coming in from Canada. The Bantam AA division will have three other top ten teams from Ottawa coming to town with No. 3 Mississauga Jets, No. 4 Toronto Aces and No. 10 North York Knights.
Pool C will also be a loaded division as the Knights and Aces will be joined by America’s No. 4-ranked Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
Pee Wee AA
The Port Huron Flags will be thrown right into a challenge as they open up their tournament against Ted Reeve Thunder – Ottawa’s No. 1-ranked team. The two teams will meet at McMorran on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The rest of the field will be loaded with talented teams as three other top 15 teams from Ottawa will compete for the title. Also representing Canada strongly will be No. 6 Gouling Park Rangers, No. 7 Mississauga Terriers and No. 11 Markham Waxers.
Two top ten teams from America – No. 5 Red Bank Generals and No. 10 West Dundee Leafs – will also be looking to create noise this week.
This division will see the top two ranked teams in Ottawa coming in as No. 1 Grimsby Kings and No. 2 Orillia Terriers will headline the tourney.
The Port Huron Flags will be in Pool A with Woodstock Jr. Navy Vets, Littleton Hawks and Delco Phantoms.
Pee Wee A
Oh Canada, you’re shedding talent in this division with six top 15 teams from Ottawa.
The No. 1-ranked Uxbridge Stars will be headlining the division, bringing their well-rounded team to the finals.
“We’re sort of a team that works as a group,” Stars head coach Brent Barton said. “We never give up, when we are down 3-1 with four minutes to go it’s the same if we were in a close game. Our kids just love the pace of winning.”
Also hailing in from Canada will be No. 6 Burlington Eagles, No. 7 Bradford Bulldogs, No. 8 London Jr. Mustangs, No. 11 Markham Waxers and No. 15 NobleKing Knights.