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The Bulldogs are, kneeling left to right, Sam Knoblauch, Alex Grimm, Gunner Markiewicz, Jack Flynn, Jonathan Theros and Jacob Robinson; standing, middle row from left, Zack Pearson, Andrew Tomasi, Marshall Vyletel, Griffi n Brooks, C.J. Ramsdell and Mac Cimmarrusti; and back row from left, Tate MacDonald, Theo Calvas, Logan Jenuwine, Mac Welsher, Brandon VanOphem and Zack Kaiser. Coaches are Robb McIntyre, Geoff Welsher and Mark Brooks.
December 13, 2012
The 1998 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs won the AAA division Bantam Major championship at the Bauer World Invite Tournament in Chicago the weekend of Nov. 2.

The 40-team field of 13- and 14-year-old players included the best Tier II and some AAA teams from 17 different states and three Canadian provinces.


The Bulldogs went 6-1 during the three-day tournament to bring home the hardware to Michigan. They outscored their opponents 37-12.

The Bulldogs lost their only game of the tournament in an opening game, falling 2-1 to the Missouri Affton Americans. Gunner Markiewicz scored the lone Bulldog goal with assists from Zack Pearson and Jack Flynn.

Knowing another loss or a tie would spoil any chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, the Bulldogs won their next three round-robin games. In the second game, the Bulldogs overcame an early 3-1, first-period deficit to defeat the Florida Jr. Panthers, 8-4, as Sam Knoblauch (3), Theo Calvas, Markiewicz, Mac Cimmarrusti, Brandon VanOphem and Marshall Vyletel scored. Assists were tallied by Zack Kaiser (2), Logan Jenuwine (2) and Mac Welsher.

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Next up, the Bulldogs played a very strong Ontario Soo Greyhounds AAA team, prevailing 3-1. Goals came from Vyletel, Jenuwine and Welsher and assists were from Jonathan Theros, Tate MacDonald, Markiewicz and Cimmarrusti.

The Bulldogs completed round-robin play with a 13-1 thrashing of the Houston Wild. Goals were scored by Welsher (3), Pearson (3), Jenuwine (2), Theros, Vyletel, Calvas and Flynn. Assists came from Griffin Brooks, Cimmarrusti (2), Welsher, Pearson, Jenuwine (2) and Markiewicz (3).

On Sunday, the Bulldogs faced a familiar Michigan foe, the Rochester Rattlers, in the quarterfinals. Regulation ended with the teams tied 1-1. After fighting off a 4-on-3 situation in the first overtime, Welsher scored the winning goal for the Bulldogs with just 40 seconds left in the second overtime to advance to the semifinals to face the Toronto Aeros.

There, the Bulldogs carried the play and won 2-1 with goals from Pearson and Welsher.

In the championship game, the Bulldogs faced the Tampa Bay Scorpions, which upset St. Peters Selects, 4-2, in its semifinal game. The Bulldogs dominated the game from the start, racing to a 7-2 victory. Two goals each were scored by Jenuwine, Vyletel, VanOphem and C.J. Ramsdell scored the last goal.

Stout defense was provided by Andrew Tomasi and Alex Grimm and Jacob Robinson provided stellar goaltending. The duo combined for a 1.71 goals against average.

The team shared the most vaulable player award.


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