Gavin Brindley scores a beauty in Florida's win over the Don Mills Flyers on Saturday.
Just two of the 15 teams will enter the final day of competition without a loss, as the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers cruised past Florida Alliance 5-2 and thumped the Chicago Young Americans 6-0.
Honeybaked is also undefeated after Saturday, shutting out the Colorado Thunderbirds 7-0 and beating Ottawa Valley 8-1 in the nightcap.
Max Namestnikov was the highlight of the day for Honeybaked, posting five points in the first win and two in the second. Namestnikov trails only Rutger McGroarty in total points for Honeybaked. Nick Pierre of the MN Fire is still the showcase leader in goals with 12 in four games.
Another highlight of the day has been the Mississauga Rebels, who won both of their games today 3-0 over the LA Jr. Kings and 5-3 over MN Fire. The Rebels went 0-2 on the first day of competition.
Cutter Gauthier's big game against Ottawa Valley propels him into the top four scorers.
Max Namestnikov, Honeybaked
A slippery forward who plays far bigger than his stature.
Owen Just, Chicago Young Americans
Relentless on the penalty kill, Just showcased his smooth hands on Saturday.
Isaac Howard, MN Fire
Speed is the hallmark of Howard's game, creating breakaways off simple rushes several times in both Saturday games.
Jeremiah Slavin, Colorado Thunderbirds
Smart defender who runs a clean breakout and can play physical.
Andy Hassey, South Shore Kings
His numbers in goal may be modest, but Hassey plays with a certain kind of grit and determination that proves instrumental for the Kings.
Aidan Puley, Mississauga Rebels
Recorded a Hatty in game one as the Rebels earned their first wins of the showcase on Saturday.
Gus Hinckley, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite
Long reach couples nicely with Hinckley's ability to corral the puck in the offensive zone.
Aaron Schwartz, Florida Alliance
Smooth skater relies on his spacing acumen on the ice and never stops moving without the puck.
Brody Crane, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs
Puckhandling master also has great speed and good shot.
Aiden Castle, Don Mills Flyers
Twice in a game Castle orbited the offensive zone with the puck, avoiding contact with opposing players. Speed and skill in an explosive package.
Jacob Fowler, Florida Alliance
Fowler was the difference in Sunday's 1-0 win over Chicago Young Americans, finishing with 20 saves to earn the shutout.
Huge statistical performances were the theme of the first day of the Buffalo Showcase, with several players putting up big numbers.
Nick Pierre of the MN Fire officially leads all players with nine points, scoring three goals in the Fire's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and five times in the afternoon matchup against the Don Mills Flyers.
JoJo Dable had a big day for the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers, Frank Nazar of Honeybaked was impressive, and Gavin Brindley of the Florida Alliance dazzled with his skills and speed.
Three teams escaped Day 1 with perfect 2-0-0 records, with the MN Fire, Jr. Rangers, and Chicago Young Americans all emerging unscathed.
Also coming out of Day 1 without a loss were Detroit Honeybaked and the Florida Alliance, who both went 1-0-1 after tying 5-5 in arguably the day's most exciting contest.
Nick Pierre (MN Fire) leads the showcase in overall scoring with nine points.
Gavin Brindley is second on the scoring list with seven points for Florida Alliance.
Florida's Vincent Thompson ties Honeybaked 5-5 with just 2:45 to play in regulation.
Rutger McCroarty (shown playing for Toronto Bulldogs in 2014 Brick Tourney), Detroit Honeybaked
For the next three days, top teams from around the country at the 2004 level will take the ice in Buffalo (NY) for the SuperSeries AAA Prospects Showcase, highlighted by national powers such as Detroit Honeybaked, Florida Alliance, Chicago Young Americans and Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers.
Also participating in the Prospects Showcase are the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Colorado Thunderbirds, Don Mills Flyers, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, L.A. Jr. Kings, Minnesota Fire, Mississauga Rebels, New Jersey Rockets, Ottawa Valley Titans, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and South Shore Kings.
With the bevy of teams playing this weekend, YHH will get an eyeful of at least a dozen future stars. We've identified several already based on eye-witness accounts. Read on to find out who to keep an eye on this weekend.
Max Jelavic, Florida Alliance
|Owen Baker||Detroit Honeybaked||Quickness|
|Berard Berard||South Shore Kings||Poise|
|Gavin Brindley||Florida Alliance||Movement|
|Aidan Castle||Don Mills Flyers||Grinder|
|Brody Crane||Elgin Middlesex Chiefs||Clutch|
|Logan Cooley||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite||Sniper|
|Katie Desa||Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers||Glove|
|Marek and David Hejduk||Colorado Thunderbirds||Double Trouble|
|Cutter Gauthier||Detroit Honeybaked||Hockey Sense|
Nick Pierre, MN Fire
|Max Jelavic||Florida Alliance||Power|
|Vincent Lamberti||LA Jr. Kings||Lateral Movement|
|Cole Lonsdale||Mississauga Rebels||Distribution|
|Christian Manz||MN Fire||Butterfly|
|Rutger McCroarty||Detroit Honeybaked||Laser|
|Chris McGovern||New Jersey Rockets||Smooth|
|Nicholas Peluso||Buffalo Jr. Sabres||Finesse|
|Nick Pierre||MN Fire||Two-Way|
|Lucas Ross||Ottawa Valley Titans||Grinder|
|Carson Walters||Chicago Young Americans||Breakout|
Gavin Brindley, Florida Alliance
Mid Fairfield Rangers vs. Mississauga Rebels
Sept. 23, 11:05 a.m. - one of the best teams in the US will battle historically one of the best in Canada.
Detroit Honeybaked vs. Florida Alliance
Sept. 23, 2:35 p.m. - arguably the two best teams in America battle it out at the Feature rink Friday. These two teams are no strangers to one another.
L.A. Jr. Kings vs. Chicago Young Americans
Sept. 23, 5:35 p.m. - the Kings will get an early taste of what the best is...CYA is as deep of a team in North America.
Brody Crane, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs
Team Colliins -- Squirt Divison Champions
Team Hampson -- Pee Wee Divison Champions
Team Rice -- Pee Wee Divison Champions
TEAM MICHAUD TEAM JOHNSTON
TEAM ANDERSON TEAM COLLINS
PEE WEE DIVISION:
TEAM DYKSTRA TEAM VOIT
TEAM RICCARDI TEAM HAMPSON
TEAM RICE TEAM PELLETIER
TEAM KUBA TEAM HARGEST
The Southeast Elite 2005 Elites are participating in the North American Showcase in Minnesota. The competition intense!
As proof from the scores, the team battled hard & represented with true Southeast Elite pride.
Thank you boys giving it your all & leaving it all on the ice!
|Tue Jun 28||W 6 - 5||Great Plains|
|Wed Jun 29||W 4 - 3||@ Midwest|
|Wed Jun 29||L 3 -4||Rocky Mountain|
|Thu Jun 30||L 1 -2||@ Metropolitan|
|Fri Jul 1||W 3 -4||Team USA|
|Fri Jul 1||L 2 -3||@ New England|
|Sat Jul 2||L 4 - 3||Mid-Atlantic|
|Sat Jul 2||W 3 - 2||@ Great Lakes|
|Sun Jul 3||T 1 - 1||Manitoba|
Our 2004 Elites were recently highlighted by YHH (Youth Hockey Hub) for sweep in Minnesota at the DHI Cup Super Series. The above link will take you to the article. It's a very nice write up with a great photos.
Way to represent boys!
Congratulations to the 2004 Elites & the 2005 Elites for their strong finish in the DHI Cup Super Series in Minnesota this weekend.
The 2004 Elites remained undefeated throughout the tournament and seized a 2-0 victory in the Championship Game against the Minnesota Machine!
The 2005 Elites suffered their only loss in their first match of the series but, battled back strong to finish as the Champions in their division.
It was an incredible effort by both teams! Way to represent!
2004 Elites DHI Champs!!
2005 Elites DHI Champions!!
Southeast Elite teams (2004 AAA, 2004 Elites, 2005 Elites, 2006 Elites & 2007 Elites) traveled to the beautiful city of Montreal to compete in the Montreal Super Challenge. Our teams battled hard through the weekend against very impressive competition. The 2004 Elites & 2007 Elites advanced to the semis, each team losing by a goal. Our 2005 Elites were able to obtain the Champion Title in their division.
Staying true to our philosophy, it not always about the win but, the experience. And, what an experience it was!! We are so proud of our entire Southeast Elite family!
Tram Rafalski -- Crosby Division Champions
Team Lars -- Stamkos Division Champions
April 18th - 4v4 Squirt - PeeWee Monday Night Champs
April 11th -- 4v4 Squirt - PeeWee Monday Night Pond Hockey Champs
April 4th -- 4v4 Squirt - PeeWee Monday Night Pond Hockey Champs
April 14th - 4v4 Thursday Night Champions
March 24th -- Thursday Night 4 v 4 Pond Hockey Champs
Battle on the Beach 2004 AAA Division Champions -- Chicago Young Americans 2004 Elite
Battle on the Beach 2005 AAA Division Champions - Florida Alliance 2005 Elite
The 2004 AAA Southeast Elite Team Wins Gold in the USA Bracket at THE SHOW in Bloomington, Minnesota, June 2015. The Southeast represented the US as they played Team Ontario representing Canada losing 2-1 in the Final.
Click here to watch these talented boys in action: