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St. Clair Shores
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Way to Go / Season Glory

For the 2002-2003 season:

WTG 3/17/2003 - SCS Pee Wee B Blues, Team #306 are STATE CHAMPS!  WAY TO GO TEAM!  
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WTG 3/17/2003 - SCS Squirt Storm are Champions of the Sports Weekend Extravaganza Tournament!

Congratulations go out to the SCS Squirt Storm as they won the Sports Weekend Extravaganza Tournament, held over the weekend of March 8-9, 2003.

The tournament got under way with an early 7am game on Saturday, March 8th. The Storm had a 2-1 lead in the 3rd period when the Findlay team scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. The Storm didn't give in and tied the game at three with a late shorthanded goal. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. Goal scorers for the Storm were, Kyle Adcock, Ben Smith and Bradley Wernet. Players registering assists were, Kyle Adcock, Joe Lucido, Kyle Nelson, Stephen Poleni and Bradley Wernet.

The next game saw the Storm score early and often as they beat a team from Elyria, Ohio by a final score of 8-1. Goal Scorers were; Kyle Adcock(2), Joe Lucido(2), Kyle Nelson, William Radatz, Ben Smith, Bradley Wernet. Assisting on the goals were; Joe Burton, Josh Detrich, Michael Lafrance, Joe Lucido, Kyle Nelson, Stephen Poleni(2), William Radatz, and Bradley Wernet(4).

The third game saw the Storm take on a team from Dearborn. Again the Storm came out quick, built an early lead and won the game by a score of 5-1. Goal scorers for the Storm were; Kyle Adcock(2), Stephen Poleni, Bradley Wernet(2). Assists went to; Kyle Adcock(2), Rob Demers, Michael LaFrance, Joe Lucido, Kyle Nelson, Ben Smith and Connor Taormina.

The Championship game was a rematch with the Findlay, Ohio team. Findlay came out very strong in the first period and was in control of the play. Tournament MVP, goalie Mason Henige made some outstanding saves to keep Findlay off the scoreboard. The Storm were able to score first. With just 18 seconds left in the first period, defenseman Kyle Nelson took a shot from just inside the blueline. The puck found the back of the net and the Storm had a 1-0 lead. Eight seconds later the Storm took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Kyle Adcock. The Storm added to their lead in the third period on a goal by Kyle Adcock, with an assist to Ben Smith. The Findlay team was able to get on the scoreboard late in the third period. That was all goalie Mason Henige would allow as the game ended 3-1 in favor of the Storm, clinching the tournament championship.

Congratulations go out to the entire team!

WAY TO GO STORM - Here they are below -

WTG 3/11/2003 - SCS Pee Wee Crush are Extravaganza Champs!
In the first game the Crush came out strong with good defense. They were rewarded when Scott Stafford knocked in the first goal of the game. Tommy Martz put in the only other goal of the game. Both goals were assisted by Derek Drop. It was a shut out for Kyle Richardson and a fine defensed game by Jared Baker, Patrick McLemore, D.J. Sobczak, Brian Iminski, and Jordan Quinn. 

Saturday, the tables were turned and the Crush were shut out themselves. They played hard and hand many opportunities, but the Ohio Garfield Heights Bulldogs proved a worthy team. 

Game 3: Ohio Shaken Heights. Knowing they needed a victory to make the finals, the Crush came out playing hard. Chris Bishop scored in the first period, but it was great defense that carried that lead to the third. Chris scored his second goal again assisted by Kyle Beattie. Later in the game, Kyle also assisted Scott Stafford to receive his Playmaker. Final Score: 3-1

Sunday: The Finals. 
Rematch against The Bulldogs. Great game if you like defense. Both teams managed to keep the puck out of the net for almost two periods, until Billy Accia received a great pass from Derek Drop to put the Crush up: 1,0.
The second goal didn’t score until the third period when Derek scored again with assist from D.J. Sobczak and Tommy Martz. The Bulldogs did manage a goal with three minutes left. But again the defense held their ground and the Crush get revenge on their only loss of the weekend. Way to go Crush!  Here they are after the big win-

Billy Accia, Jared Baker, Kyle Beattie, Christopher Bishop, Amanda Coscia, Derek Drop,
Brian Iminski, David Lamkin, Thomas Martz Jr., Patrick McLemore, Evan Nutty, Jordan Quinn, 
Kyle Richardson, Duane Sobcjak, and Scott Stafford
Head Coach: Dan Drop. Assistants: Gary Placido, Bruce Beattie, and Chad Placido.

Manager: Diane Drop

WTG 2/23/2003 - SCS Mite Panthers are Finalists!
The SCS Mite Team #103 made it to the the finals in the Sports Weekend President's Day tournament in Detroit. In their first game they faced the Farmington Hills Hornets. It was a "nail biter" throughout the entire game. Goalie Anders Keller made some outstanding saves to keep the Panthers in the game. With 8 minutes left in the 3rd period Danny Gossman, with an assist from Tommy Guzzardo & Michael Barrett, tied the game up. The game ended in a 1 -1 tie. Saturday the Panthers faced a tough Grosse Pointe Predators team. This was another well played game. The goal scorers for this game were, Zak Grzelak (2), his first goal was unassisted and the second goal came on an assist from Michael DiFranco and Paul Wilk. Michael DiFranco scored on an assist from Justin Moise and Michael Barrett. The outcome of that game was a tough 4 -3 loss. Going into the final game on Sunday against the Chicago Hawks, the Panthers knew they needed a win to make the championship game. The Panthers came out strong and posted an impressive 5 -0 win over Chicago. Anders Keller was once again outstanding in goal, posting his first shut-out. The goal scorers for the Panthers were, Mikey Walleman from Sean Barry, Michael DiFranco (2)with an unassisted goal and a goal from Justin Moise, Sean Barry scored from Justin Moise, Paul Wilk also had an unassisted goal. Now the Panthers were headed to the championship round against the tough Grosse Pointe Predators. Unfortunately the outcome was a 7 -1 loss. The lone Panther goal came from Sean Barry, assisted by Mikey Walleman and Justin Moise. The Panthers still brought home Silver Medals and a trophy. Congratulations to all the Players for an outstanding effort - we are all very proud of you! Thank you to all of the Coaches and Parents for their support. 

WTG 2/15/2003 - District Champ Midget BB Storm are headed to States!
The SCS Midget BB Storm is heading to the State Tournament in Flint on March 21- 23, 2003 after completing a sweep of the District # 3 Playoffs at the Troy Sport Center. The Storm went undefeated throughout the playoff schedule defeating the Troy Eagles 3-1 in Game 1. Game 2 had the Storm beating the Great Lake Blues, 4-3. In the winners bracket final, the Storm beat the  Berkley Devils, 5-1. Berkley played their way back to the final with a win over Mt. Clemens in the Semifinal game. In the final game on Sunday, the Storm came out fast and furious, and took a 3-0 lead into the third period. They finished off the tournament with strong defense and rock solid goaltending from Stephen Stortz and won the game 5-1. With 17 goals for and only 5 against and a perfect record of 4 wins and 0 losses, the team is peaking just at the right time. Look out Flint...there's a STORM heading your way!! Congratulations to all the Players, Coaches, and Parents. Good Luck in Flint.  
Here they are - the STORM!

WTG 2/12/2003 - District Champ Pee Wee B Blues are headed to States!
The SCS Blues won the Pee Wee B District 3 Championship on Sunday February 9th and are on their way to Marquette for the State Championships March 14 - 16th. The Blues went undefeated in the Districts beating Rochester Hills Serpents 4-3 in overtime in the semi finals. We then came back and faced the same Rochester team in the Finals. We jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead but Rochester stormed back with 3 unanswered goals to end the first with a 3-1 lead. The boys fought hard narrowing the score to 3-2 at the end of the second and tying the game with about 8 minutes left in the third. After two scoreless overtime periods our team Captain Brad Cory scored on a wrap around half way through the 3rd overtime to send the team to States next month. Congratulations to Players and Coaches for a job well done!

WTG 2/10/2003 - Longhorns Win in Holland!
The Bantam B Longhorns went undefeated in the Great Lakes Tournament in Holland Feb. 7-9 in a total team effort. They scored an incredible 24 goals defeating the Muskegon Chiefs in the first game by a score of 7-1, the Frankin Park Panthers in the second game 7-0 and the Naperville Sabres in the third game 4-1. They met the Franklin Park Panthers in the championship game and came out strong, shutting them out again by a score of 6-0.

The goals came from forwards Brian Mattera(8), Paul Browski(4), Mike Langewicz(4), Mike Mazzola(3), Matt Guidas(3), Nick Corbishdale(1), and Chad Winterberger(1). Forward, Aaron Rice recorded 4 assists for the tournament and Robert Fisher had 1. The Longhorn defense of Steven & Michael Miller, Chris McEvoy, and Derek Beekman (filling in for the injured Steven Baker) played strong all weekend long keeping opponent shots to a minimum.  And the goalie team of Dominic Giordano and Zach Mutart only allowed 2 goals in 4

Congratulations Longhorns, Great Lakes Tournament Champions!  Here they are below-

WTG 1/27/2003 - Cyclones Win in Holland!
The St. Clair Shores Pee Wee B Cyclones outplayed four opponents to become Champions of the Great Lake Tournament Series Challenge January 24-26 at the Edge Ice Arena in Holland, MI. 

The Cyclones started the tournament by defeating the Grand Rapids Ice Breakers 6-1. The Cyclones scored 1 goal in the first period, two goals in the second and two in the third periods before the Breakers spoiled Matt Rafferty's shutout bid. Five different players scored goals led by Aaron Jacobs (2G) followed by Keith Blackburn (1G,1A), Mychael Houghton (1G,1A), Trevor Dennis (1G,1A), and Bobby Rosul (1G). Assistants were led by Playmaker PJ Ziegler (3A). Other assist getters were Sean Thomas(1A) and Jason Young (1A). 

The second game was another solid victory over the Gaylord Dozers by a score of 7-2. The scoring was led by Hattricker Bobby Rosul (3G,1A) and Aaron Jacobs (2G,2A). Playmaker Troy Dennis (3A) led the assistants. Seven other players earned points, they were Brian Budner (1G,1A), Keith Blackburn (1G), Mychael Houghton (1A), Jeffery Holman (1A), Josh Swartz (1A), Sean Thomas(1A), and PJ Ziegler (1A). 

The third game was another stellar victory earning a spot in the Championship game. The Cyclones scored two goals in each period to shutout the Rochester Racers 6-0. The defense led by Tom Latchney limited the shots on goal to only nine to help Matt Rafferty earn a shutout. The scoring was led by Hattricker Aaron Jacobs (3G). Again seven other players earned points. They were Bobby Rosul (2G), Mychael Houghton (2A), Trevor Dennis (1G), Keith Blackburn (1A), Troy Dennis (1A), Michael Hall (1A) and Mike Renaud (1A). 

In the Championship game the Cyclones shutout the Monroe Ice Hawks 5-0 led by tournament MVP Matt "Stonewall" Rafferty who stopped all 19 shots he faced. The scoring was led by Hattricker Aaron Jacobs (3G,1A) followed by Mychael Houghton (1G,1A), Brian Budner (1G,1A), Trevor Dennis (1A), and Bobby Rosul (1A). In total the Cyclones outscored their tournament opponents 24-3. 
Congratulations Cyclones on a great tournament weekend! 
Here they are below -

Congratulations to all players for a tremendous effort in winning the Chicago Cup Midwinter Classic Tournament. Your "never say die" attitude allowed the Ice Hawks to go undefeated in a tournament that included many excellent hockey teams. In the first game the Ice Hawks survived a determined Southfield Wild by winning 5-2 in a game that was closer than the score would suggest. Nick Schultz started the scoring and Daniel Zito and Dale Erickson each pitched in with two. In typical Ice Hawk team play, Zito, Erickson and Schultz all assisted on each other's goals. In the second game the Ice Hawks met a chippy local team, the Oak Lawn Blackhawks. In a game that had almost as many penalties as goals, the Ice Hawks proved to be the tougher team, winning 9-2. Starting the scoring for the Ice Hawks was Thomas Garbe, with Nick Schultz, Dale Erickson, Daniel Zito and Rob Kotermanski each pitching in with two. Assists went to Vinnie Festerman, Kotermanski, Zito, Kevin Wieczorek, Erickson and Colin Creagh. The third game was a prelude to the final when the Ice Hawks faced off against the Lakeland Spartans and for the first time in the tournament, found themselves down by two goals in a game. But this determined Ice Hawks team stormed back and the lead changed several times throughout the game. With the game tied 5-5 and barely a minute left in the game, Cam Ciaciuch jumped out of the penalty box, raced down the ice and scored the game winner. Also scoring for the Ice Hawks were Daniel Zito (2), Dale Erickson and Rob Kotermanski. Erickson, Kotermanski, Zito, Roy Lozon and Thomas Garbe also had assists. In the rematch for the championship, Daniel Zito started the scoring early and finished with a hattrick. Rob Kotermanski pitched in with two goals and Dale Erickson with one. The goal scorers were assisted by Jonathan Sharff, Nick Schultz and Kotermanski. In the end, the Ice Hawks prevailed 6-3 and were crowned Champions! In addition to the strong scoring, tremendous efforts by the defense, Nick Jensen, Cam Ciaciuch, Scott Kosiara, Roy Lozon, Kevin May and Kory Thursam helped goalie, Brett Blum, keep the scoring of the opposition to a minimum. The tournament MVP was awarded to Dale Erickson in recognition of his overall effort in the four games played.

Congratulations to all Ice Hawk players, coaches, parents, families and friends who all contributed to this memorable weekend!!  See them below with "the hardware"!

WTG 1/20/2003 - S.C.S Bantam Chiefs are Champions of the Ron Stros Memorial Christmas Tourney in Allen Park. 
Bantam Chiefs were the Ron Stros Memorial Tournament Champions in Allen Park over Christmas. After losing to Westland in game 1 and tying Farmington in game 2 the Chiefs beat a local Allen Park team to take third seed and a second game against Farmington which the Chiefs won to advance to the finals against Westland. In the finals the Chiefs came out strong and never looked back to avenge their earlier loss to Westland. Congratulations to coach Mark Fett and his assistants Rich Warner, Eric Lehman and Ken Pooley on winning this championship. The Chiefs are: Stephen Brooks, Dan Coppa, Joshua Farris, Ryan Fett, Matt Frahm, Johnathan Johnson, Kevin Kudla, Eric Lehman, Sean Malone, Chris Murray, Ben Pooley, John Seifert, Kyle Stewart, Steven Summers, Brandon Tudball and Scott Warner. WTG CHIEFS.  See them below in all their glory-

WTG 12/30/2002 - S.C.S Squirt Storm are Champions of the Port Huron Holiday Classic Christmas Tournament 
The Storm got off to a great start in the Christmas tournament by defeating the Port Huron Firefighters 9-1. It was a total team effort as the Storm had 10 different players record at least one point.

The Storm continued their winning ways in game two of the Flags Holiday Christmas tournament. The game matched two evenly matched teams but it was the Storm that came out on top by a score of 3-2 over the Marcotte Trashers.

Game three of the Christmas tournament again went to the Storm as they were able to shake off a slow start and put away the Port Huron Bank One Ice Hawks by a score of 7-0. Goalie Mason Henige was extremely sharp in net as he recorded his second shutout of the season. Again the Storm spread out the scoring as 11 different Storm players recorded at least one point.

The Championship game was a re-match with a very determined Marcotte Trashers. It was the Trashers who scored first, but the Storm refused to fold and scored the next 3 goals for a 3-1 lead. The goals were scored by tournament MVP Kyle Adcock, Michael Lafrance and Bradley Wernet. Goalie Mason Henige and a terrific defensive team of Joey Lucido, Kyle Nelson, Robert Demers and Josh Detrick would make the lead stand as the Storm won the game and the championship.

Congratulations go out to the entire team.
WAY TO GO STORM!  Here they are below...

WTG 12/1/2002 - S.C.S PeeWee "A" are BIG BEAR CHAMPIONS !! 
The SCS PeeWee "A" Saints earned a hard fought CHAMPIONSHIP at the BIG BEAR Thanksgiving Tournament at the Kensington Valley Ice House on 12-01-02.The Saints went 2-1 in the  preliminary round defeating the Vaughan Rangers 5-1, the East Side Falcons 3-1, and losing to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-1 then earned the wild card berth in the semi's. The SAINTS would have to face the top two seeds in the field to win the championship and that's what they did. In the semi's the Saints would face off against the Ice Mtn. Blades. The SAINTS would score 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd to beat the stunned Blades 7-4 and set up the rematch with the Griffins. The Griffins would score 1st, 4 minutes into the game but the boys refused to fold scoring the next 3 goals to lead 3-1 entering the 3rd. SAINTS goalie Jake Piepszowski and the defense would make the lead stand through the 3rd and finish the game down 6 skaters to 3 while holding the Griffins off the board. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOYS AND THE COACHES YOU ALL DID A GREAT JOB.


The Icebreakers went undefeated in the "B" Thankful Tournament in Lapeer over the Thanksgiving weekend. They defeated the Lapeer Avalanche 6-5, the Troy Wild 3-1, and the Marcotte Trashers 4-1 to advance to the semi-final game. After the victory over the Troy Sharks by a score of 7-0, the Icebreakers met a very determined Lapeer Avalanche team again in the final. The Icebreakers came out strong and never backed down, and the game ended with a final score of 5-1. Congratulations Icebreakers for bringing the championship trophy home to St. Clair Shores!

Louisville Cup Champions!
Dateline- Melvindale Michigan:
The Saint Clair Shores Saintes 19-U Girls were victorious in the 2002 Louisville Cup Tournament held at the Melvindale Arena. After a slow tournament start which included a 3-1 loss to The Durham-West (Ontario) Lightning, and a 1-1 Tie with The Bensonville (IL) Chiefs, the Saintes backed into the finals by way of a tie-breaker.
Meeting Durham-West for the second time in the tournament, with some bad blood remaining from Friday night, the Saintes used all of regulation and 3 overtime sessions before blanking the Lightning in a shootout to notch their first tournament championship this season.
Friday night's game saw the Saintes outshot 40-7, but the fine goaltending of the games first star, Lauren Sarkady kept the game from becoming a blowout.
Saturday morning brought the Bensonville Chiefs, and a hard fought 1-1 tie.
With the Ann Arbor Panthers a late tournament scratch, Saturday evening had the Saintes giving a passing clinic to a severely overmatched Mercy High School squad, in a 8-0 exhibition rout.
Durham-West's 5-0 shutout of the Chiefs, giving the Saintes the tie-breaker entry into the finals, set the stage for Sundays nail-biter.
Saintes goaltender Jaclyn Teno was perfect in the sudden death overtimes and the shootout, after allowing only 2 goals in regulation, both while the Saintes were shorthanded.

The Midget Ice Hawk staff of Bill Hargis, Mike Blum, Tony Scola and Skip Meier were pleased with their early season success by winning the Big Bear Early Bear tournament at Southgate and Melvindale on October 6, 2002.  The Ice Hawks defeated a spirited Kensington Valley team 9-2 and an impressive Redford Rage team in the round robin segment of the tournament.  In the finals, the Ice Hawks met the Rage again, who were bent on revenge for their earlier loss.  The Rage took an early lead but the Ice Hawks fought back to tie the score, eventually taking a 5-2 lead on goals from Robbie Blum and Brian Nicholson.  But the Rage pulled to within one goal with two unanswered goals near the end of the 2nd period.   Goals by Blum, his third, Nicholson, Anthony Scola, Scott Meier, and Brett Reece in the third period solidified the win and the championship. The weekend wins were shared by netminders Matt Zasucha and Brendon Malone. The tournament MVP went to Robbie Blum who scored 10 goals.

WTG 9/15/2002 MIDGET A TAKES BUFFALO OUT IN CLEVELAND - In their first true test of the season, Coaches Fred Springer, Larry Doser, Scott Springer, Nick Radjewski and Andre Doser couldn't be happier or prouder of their team.  Trekking to Cleveland for a Sportsweekend tourney, the Saints started out by falling behind early to their first opponent from Takawanda, NY 0-2 but didn't give up another goal while notching 11 of their own.  They ended up tying that first game 2-2, shut out their next opponent Strongsville to the tune of 6-0, handed Buffalo their first defeat of the season 2-0 and then faced Buffalo again in the finals only to blank them 1-0 for all the marbles.  In front of the sterling play of netminders Brad Allemon with two shutouts and Ryan Trueblood with one shutout, the defense of Bryan Hinand, Andrew Pikor, Josh Pooley, Ryan Stay, Wayne Wetzel and Joe Williams bolted the door on opponents offense.  The forwards on the team are Cameron Battaglia, Jim Gat, Chad Hammer, Chris Hoekstra, Mike Maloziec, Steven Springer, Mark Szczawinski, Joe VanderMarliere and Bryan Walleman.  WAY TO GO SAINTS!

WTG 9/15/2002 Pee Wee AA takes the Gold in Cleveland -

The Saints coaching staff of John O’Connell, Tom Fennell, Mike Rinaldi, Pat Stanley, Louie Tallerico, and Joe Theut, felt that after playing together since tryouts in mid July it was time to see how they would perform under pressure.  They started out Friday with a shutout over Pittsburgh 3-0.  With an early game Saturday morning against a good Euclid team the Saints managed a 2-2 tie with all the games scoring coming in the 2nd period.  This took them to Sunday morning and a game against South Buffalo and knowing a win should put them in the finals that afternoon.  They proceeded to go out and play team hockey and defeat Buffalo 8-0.  The finals would be the S.C.S. Saints vs Euclid the only team the Saints had not beaten in the tournament.

The first period was scoreless but the Saints broke it open to go up 2-0 by the end of period two.  They added one more in the third for a 3-0 Saints victory and the championship.  Congratulations to the Saints who who scored 15 goals while giving up only 2 for the entire tournament.  With three shut outs by net minders Ryan Gault and Matthew Giacalone.  A superb defensive effort by Kevin Fennell, Anthony Vitale, Kevin Moore, and Nathan Hammer was present throughout the tournament as they were forced to play without their teammate Kyle Handlon out with an injury.  The forwards with scoring spread out through the entire group consisting of Shawn Serapilia, Aaron Strachan, David Sitarski, Scott Brown, Christopher Rinaldi, Kyle Nemitz, Erik Stanley and Joe Arena.  Congratulations goes out to Christopher Rinaldi for receiving the Tournament MVP as to all the Saints for a great job. Good Luck in the up coming season, and GO SAINTS!!!  

Wow, it's only August and the 19-Under Saintes are starting off right. We traveled to Pittsburgh the weekend of August 23-25, and had a great time at the Bladerunner's pre-season tournament.  The Saintes blazed their way through through the round robin play behind 8 periods of shut-out goaltending from the goalie pair of Amanda Marinello and Lauren Sarkady.  The dynamic duo led the Saintes to a 10-0 hammering of a largely overmatched Hershey Jr. Bears team,  and followed that with a 6-0 drubbing of the Beaver Lady Badgers. The shutout streak ended with a fluke goal  late in the 3'rd period of a closer 3-1 victory over the team from Mon Valley PA on Sunday morning. After a team breakfast at the Pittsburgh area mainstay Eatin' Park restaurant, the Saintes play slipped (too many pancakes?) and suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Amateur Junior Penguins.

After the games were over, our new captain Jamie VanDeWinkle, was awarded the tournament's 19-Under divisional MVP award.  Here she is below...

All in all, a very good weekend.  The coaches learned a lot about the girls, and the girls learned a lot about each other.  With only a few players returning from last season, the Saintes are for all purposes a brand new team.  Stay tuned for more great things from the Saintes girls.  

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