Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Ice Hawks make it back-to-back

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 31, 2013

The Grosse Pointe-based 96/97 Michigan Ice Hawks won the 2013 Midget AA Division International Silver Stick Tournament held in Newmarket, Ontario, the weekend of Jan. 11.

The team went 5-0-1 during the tournament, which included teams from throughout North America and Canada. The Ice Hawks are repeat champions, having won International Silver Sticks last year in Port Huron. They outscored their six opponents 24-6 in the six games.

The Ice Hawks opened against Richmond Hills, Virginia. The team coasted to a 5-0 win with goals from Jake Smith (University Liggett), Chase Kallen, Joshua Kirsch and Brent Jones. Assists came from Jacob Drinkard, Smith, Kallen, Richie Filippelli (Grosse Pointe Shores) and Alex Potter.

In the second game, the Ice Hawks faced off against the Tampa Bay Scorpions. Again, the Ice Hawks found continued scoring prowess beating the Scorpions, 5-1. Goals came from Jones, Drinkard, Romane Kammo and Rich Corso with assists from Steven Frederick, Austin Levering, Kallen, Aidan Shepherd, Kammo and Potter.

In the third round-robin game, the Ice Hawks played the Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey. In a closely fought game, the Ice Hawks tied the Jags, 2-2, which was good enough to make it to the quarterfinals. Smith and Drinkard accounted for the scoring with assists by Kirsch, Kammo and Levering.

The next game pit the Ice Hawks against their chief rivals, the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. The game started out tight, but the Ice Hawks soon controlled the ice, besting their rivals, 5-2. Chase Kallen led the scoring with Jones and Corso also netting goals. Levering, Jones, Drinkard, Smith and Kallen added assists.

On Sunday, the team had to face Ontario’s No. 1-ranked 97 AA team, the Mississauga Terriers. From the opening faceoff, the Ice Hawks controlled the game. They scored one goal in the first period, and two in each of the next periods to prevail 5-0.

The Terriers had entered the game averaging over four goals a game while surrendering only 1.6 goals a game. The Ice Hawk scorers were Alex Postlmayr, Kirsch and Potter. Assists were provided by Mark DerManulian (Grosse Pointe Park), Frederick, Bobby Kaiser (Grosse Pointe Park), Kallen, Jones, Will Walker (Grosse Pointe), Kammo and Smith.

The championship game proved to be quite the test as the Ice Hawks had to face the Warwick, Pennsylvania Wildcats. The Wildcats scored at the 8:20 mark of the first period to go up 1-0.

The teams were then held scoreless entering the last half of the third period. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they committed a penalty with just 4:28 left from capturing the championship. The Ice Hawks did not squander the opportunity and just nine seconds into the power play, Jake Smith snuck in from the point and fired home a rebound to tie the score at 1-1. Kammo and Jones provided assists on the tying score.

The game was 1-1 after regulation and the teams headed to overtime. Seconds after the opening faceoff, Jacob Drinkard went hard to the net and scored what looked like the winning goal for the Ice Hawks. His teammates poured off the bench to celebrate the championship, but the referee was frantically blowing his whistle, ruling no goal as he claimed the net was off its moor when the puck crossed the goal crease.

Undeterred, the Ice Hawks gathered up their equipment and regrouped to continue playing. Not to be denied, the Ice Hawks kept the pressure on the Wildcats during the 4-on-4 overtime. At the 6:02 mark, Chris Allemon (Grosse Pointe Woods) scored his only, but the biggest, goal of the tournament, skating from behind the Ice Hawks’ net, rushing end-to-end, and putting the winning goal over the goalies’ glove hand to secure the back-to-back International Silver Stick championships for his team.

Outstanding goaltending was provided all weekend by the Ice Hawks’ two goaltenders, Brennen Overway and Nick Salliotte. The pair combined to allow just six goals in six games.