Jr Hurricanes 12U Girls Ponytail Tournament Champions!!
The Carolina Jr Hurricanes 12U Girls team captured the 15th annual PonyTail 12U B Championship title on Sunday March 18, 2018.
The Jr Hurricanes took on the Delco Phantoms Friday evening in Game 1 of the tournament, winning 5-0. Two wins Saturday against the Morgantown Blades and the Arctic Foxes launched the undefeated Jr Hurricanes into the Championship game on Sunday against the Baltimore Stars.
After a scoreless first period, the Jr Hurricanes 12U Girls were able to light the lamp and went on to topple a very determined Baltimore Stars team 3-0.
The Jr Hurricanes 12U Girls wrapped up the 2017-18 season and the tournament with 3 shutouts, outscoring their opponents 17-2.
We are excited to announce another Championship by the Jr Hurricanes 10U Girls. Just freshly coming off winning the PHHL League Championship, the 10U Girls went 4-0 at the Ponytail, winning the 10U division without allowing a single goal the entire tournament.
The 10U Girls overwhelmed a solid Nova Icedogs team in the final 5-0 to win the Championship.
Jr Hurricanes 16U Girls District Champs - National Bound!!!!!
The Jr Hurricanes are thrilled to congratulate our 16U Girls on a hard fought weekend, winning the District Championship and qualifying for Nationals. The 16U Girls are now the second Jr Hurricanes team to qualify for Nationals this season.
The 16U Girls won the District Champiosnhip game against the Tampa Bay Crunch, in a thriller 1-0. The goal was scored on a breakaway with just over 6 minutes left in the 3rd period. The 16U Girls then locked down the remaining time on the clock to seal the win and qualify for Nationals.
The Junior Hurricanes held our annual Program Meeting for the 2018-2019 season on Thursday evening, March 15th at PNC Arena from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. During the meeting we discussed the current state of the Junior Hurricanes, the overall program for next season, teams that we plan to offer, our coaches, try-out schedules and our spring and summer camps and clinics. The presentation from that evening is provided in the link below. Our official 2018-2019 Season Program Guide will be posted in early April and prior to Tier I try-outs.
The Junior Hurricanes will once again be holding open Pick-Up sessions where players can sign-up and play age appropriate pick-up games. The players will be organized weekly into two teams. There will be supervision to ensure teams are balanced and all players are getting equal ice time. The goal is to have players experience playing with different players each week. There will be minimal rules in order to help create the "Pond Hockey" experience.
Squirt Pick-Up - Saturday Mornings - RCI 940-1040 am - Mar 31-May 19 (8 sessions)
This past weekend (March 4/5) saw some big battles for the seven (7) former Jr Hurricanes players who are currently playing NCAA Division 1 hockey. (Note: 16 teams play in the NCAA tournament that starts March 23.)
Trevor Owens, a senior defenseman at Northeastern, will play in the Hockey East semi-final tournament in Boston this weekend. The team is currently ranked 7th in the nation and will likely be playing in the NCAA tournament in a couple of weeks. Last weekend they earned a sweep against Massachusetts to set up this weekend’s game. This Friday Mar 16 at 8pm they take on Providence and another fellow Jr Hurricane in Josh Wilkins.
Josh Wilkins, a sophomore center playing for Providence, scored 2 game winning goals to send his team to the Hockey East semi-final tournament this weekend in Boston. This was Josh's 5th game winning goal of the season, second in the country. They beat a pesky Maine squad for a trip to Boston. The Providence Friars are ranked 9th in the country. They play this Friday Mar 16 at 8pm against Northeastern. Josh was also named "Player of the Week" for Hockey East.
The winner of this game will play in the final on Saturday Mar 17 at 7pm.
Billy Christopoulos was victorious against one of his former Jr Hurricanes teammates (Alex Wilkinson) this past week. Christopoulos, a junior, plays goal for Air Force. This past weekend they took on Army at West Point and the best-of-three series went the distance, with both teams deadlocked 0-0 in the third and final game. Air Force won 1-0, sending the Falcons to the Atlantic Hockey Conference semi-final tournament this weekend in Rochester. This Friday they play Canisius, with the winner to play for the playoff title, and an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament. The league championship game will be Saturday Mar 17 at 7:30pm.
Sean Romeo, junior goaltender, currently plays for Ohio State University. The team is ranked #5 in the country. Romeo has been nominated as one of three goalies for the Big Ten Goalie of the Year Award. This past weekend Romeo backstopped his team to a 3-2 OT win against Michigan, sending his team to the Big Ten Championship game to be played this Saturday Mar 17 at 8pm. They will play Notre Dame in the final, with Notre Dame currently ranked #3 in the country. TOSU lost 3 out of 4 against the Fighting Irish this year so this game is looking like “underdog” status for Romeo. Rome, is also a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in the Nation. He is in the top 11 for GAA (2.07), save % at (.926) and winning % at (.682, with a record of 20-8-5. His 20 wins tie for for 6th in a single season amoung Bukceye netminders.
Alex Wilkinson, a sophomore at Army West Point, had his season ended on the weekend in heart-breaking fashion. A tough 1-0 OT loss to Air Force, and his former teammate (Billy Christopoulos) send the team home for the summer. Wilkinson had a great season, however, and was named a First-Team All-Star for the AHC. Congrats Wilkie!
Scott Moldenhauer, a senior captain playing for Western Michigan, had his season come to an end this past weekend. The Western Michigan Broncos traveled to Duluth, MN to take on the UMD Bulldogs. They lost both games and head into the offseason. This wraps up a great collegiate career for Moldenhauer who had the honor to wear a letter for his school’s team. Best of luck Scott!
Logan Halladay, a freshman goalie at Merrimack, did not get into the action this past weekend as his team lost two tough games to Boston College. Halladay heads into the offseason preparing for next year.
Jr Hurricanes U10 Girls Polar House League Champs!!
The 10U Jr Hurricanes girls finished their regular season on a seven-game win streak, which placed them in fourth place as the PHHL playoff season began. Once the final team placements were announced, it was clear the road ahead was not going to be easy for these young ladies. After a hard-fought quarterfinal game, the girls entered this weekend having to play both the regular season number one and number two ranked teams if a championship was to be had. Both of these teams were from Hillsborough and were averaging 6+ goals a game while only allowing 2 goals on average.
The semifinal round found the Jr Canes facing the Hillsborough Tiger Sharks. The number one seeded team from the regular season. The Tiger Sharks had dominated the regular season and entered the game with an impressive record of 18-0-1. From the initial puck drop the girls started with speed, an aggressive forecheck, and a more aggressive backcheck. This led to a number of early scoring chances that didn’t find their way through a very good goalie. At the six-minute mark of the first period Mary Derrenbacher broke the ice by cleaning up a loose puck in front of the net to put the Jr Canes up 1-0. The score remained 1-0 at the end of the first and was quickly 2-0 when, just 10 seconds into the period, Derrenbacher found Juliana Iannace in front of the net with a centering pass. The second period saw strong play by both teams with a number of chances on both sides of the ice. Eventually the Tiger Sharks broke through and scored with 1:30 remaining in the second period bringing the score to 2-1. This set the stage for a must win third period for both teams. The third period started much the same as the second period ended with aggressive play on both sides. The Jr Canes girls once again found success with the forecheck and Derrenbacher was the beneficiary of a rebound to put the girls up 3-1 with 3:55 left in the game. The Tiger Sharks attempted to mount a comeback with strong pressure during the final minute, but the goalie, Allie Sauls, fought off a number of shots, thanked the crossbar for an earlier assist, and helped the Jr Canes hold for a 3-1 victory.
In the Championship game the girls found themselves facing the Leopard Sharks who finished the regular season in second place with a record of 16-2-1. The Leopard Sharks jumped out early by scoring on the first shift to take a 1-0 lead. The girls were not fazed and got things going when Mary Derrenbacher sent a wrist shot into the back of the net to even the score at 1-1. A few minutes later the puck found its way to the stick blade of Derrenbacher who promptly placed it the back of the net to bring the score to 2-1. Later in the first period the Jr Canes found themselves killing off a critical penalty when Derrenbacher found the puck in open ice and secured her natural hat trick with a short-handed goal. The first period ended with the girls holding onto a 3-1 lead and the Leopard Sharks starting to apply pressure. In the second period the Leopard Sharks went into attack mode and took advantage of a number of mistakes to score two quick goals to tie the game at 3-3. The Leopard Sharks would add another goal to take a 4-3 lead over the Jr Canes and the second period ended with the girls trailing 4-3. At the beginning of the third period it looked as if the girls may have run into a wall and doubt was creeping into players eyes. The Leopard Sharks, sensing this, took advantage and added another goal to take a 5-3 lead. With some motivational words during a timeout the girls came back to life only to find themselves in a 5 on 3 penalty kill situation with 8 minutes remaining. After killing the first penalty the girls took advantage of the fresh skater and Derrenbacher once again found herself in open ice and netting a shorthanded goal. This ignited the bench and the crowd that had gathered! Once back to even strength, the winger combo of Taylor Wilburn and Juliana Iannance were able to setup shop with Derrenbacher buzzing at center. Wilburn chased down a loose puck in the corner and centered a pass to Iannance who, parked in the slot, evened the score at 5-5 with less than 5 minutes to play. With the score evened the girls turned up the pressure once again and Derrenbacher scored her fifth goal by wrapping around the back of the net when the goalie got out of position. With a 6-5 lead the momentum had shifted in the Jr Canes favor, but the Leopard Sharks were not going to go away without a fight. The defensive group of Kurtz, Gleason, Lohmeyer, Renner, and Bonner helped keep pucks out of the defensive zone the remaining few minutes and the opposing team couldn’t get through the neutral zone pressure for any further scoring attempts. Allie Sauls played outstanding in net and made key saves in the third period that allowed the girls to play confidently in front of her during the comeback victory!
The 10U Jr Canes end league play as Champions with an overall record of 14-6-1 while averaging 4 goals per game and allowing just over 2 on average. The team will be heading to Laurel Maryland next weekend to play in the Ponytail tournament where they look to continue the winning streak while competing with other all girl teams.
We are pleased to announce our Tier I AAA Tryout Registrations are now open. The tryouts will be held April 12–15. The registration links are provided below for your convenience to register. Program details will be posted shortly after the program meeting on March 15th.
2018-2019 Junior Hurricanes 12U AAA PeeWee Minor team - Coach Andrew Barron
The U18 Jr. Canes entered the CAHA tourney as the #1 seed.Game 1’s opponent was the Wilmington Ice Hawks, coached by last year’s U18 coach Rich Brouwer, and featuring 2 players from last year’s national championship team.Although the younger, smaller, Ice Hawks battled gamely and took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd, the Canes responded with 4 unanswered tallies and prevailed 6-3.Gavin Brackman had 2 of those goals, and Brighton Boshart potted a hustling short-handed goal to seal the deal.
The #1 seed scheduling did the Canes no favors, as they had to play Game 2 later that day versus the host Charlotte Rush, who had yet to play a game.Although the Canes dominated the action, outshooting Charlotte 35-18, they fell 3-2 despite 11 Rush penalties and 3 misconducts.
Game 3 was versus the Carolina Eagles, and the Canes dominated the action in the second period, scoring 3 goals on 21 shots, and emerged with a 5-2 win.The Hurricanes got points from 11 different players, with only Alex Good getting more than 1 (2 assists).Jackson Shulmistra made 24 saves.
To advance to the championship, the 2-1 record Canes needed to at the least advance to overtime, versus their opponent, the #2 seed NC Force.The aggressive Force jumped to an early 2-0 lead. The Canes then ran off 4 unanswered goals.The Force battled back to a 4-4 tie, but a goal by Craig Woomer, set up by Ryan Tempke, proved the winner, and an empty netter by Gavin Brackman sealed the 6-4 win.Defenseman Daniel Jones had a goal and 2 assists for Canes.
The championship was a rematch against the #2 seed Force.Again, the Canes allowed the underdog the first goal, but the momentum of the game steadily swung in the Canes favor, and they entered the 3rd period with a 4-1 lead.The 3rd period saw the Canes control the action and protect their lead.Jackson Shulmistra was stout in the net with 32 saves.
As a result, the U18AA Canes, after becoming the first RYHA team in history to win a USA Hockey National Championship, will now be the first to return to defend their title, April 5-9, in Green Bay WI.Coach Rich Shulmistra’s team brings an incredibly balanced swarming attack to the table, with 11 players with 8 or more goals, yet none with more than 13.The offense continues with the defense (35 goals), and both goalies, Shulmistra and Graham Emmett, have been consistently strong.
Junior Hurricanes Free PNC Squirt Clinic for Rising 2009 and 2008 Birth Years
The Junior Hurricanes are once again offering a free Squirt skills clinic for all 2009 and 2008 birth year players that are interested in playing travel hockey next season and learning more about the Junior Hurricanes Squirt Program offering. The clinic will be held at PNC Arena on Wednesday, March 28th from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. The session will be run by current Junior Hurricanes coaches that have and will continue to coach at the Squirt level including former NHL players and Junior Hurricanes coaches Shane Willis, Jesse Boulerice and Steve Rice. The clinic will provide an example of the coaching philosophy for the squirt age group for skaters and goalies and give parents a chance to see their player on-ice with some of our coaches. The Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy will make an appearance as well and each player will receive a special Junior Hurricanes keepsake.
During the on-ice session Dan Hollis, Shane Willis, Steve Henley and other members of the Junior Hurricanes Board of Directors will be available for a brief presentation on the Junior Hurricanes Program in section 114 overlooking the arena. The clinic is limited to only 2009 and 2008 birth years for both skaters and goalies. Registration is now open and will close on Monday, March 26th. Please register for this free clinic using the link below. Once registrations are complete we will send out more specific information for the event via email. We look forward to seeing you and your players on March 28th!
Congratulations to the 18U AA Junior Hurricanes team for winning the State Championship for the 2nd year in a row. The tournament win gives them the opportunity to defend their National Championship Title in Greenbay, WI April 5th – 9th.
Our other teams also had great weekends in Charlotte with our 16U AA team making the final but losing a tough game to the Eagles and our 14U AA Minor team losing in the final to the Carolina Stars. Our 14U AA Major team lost in the semi-final.
Congratulations again to all of the teams and best of luck to the 18U AA team in Greenbay!!!
5th Annual Golf Tournament and Lobster Bake Fundraiser
Please join us for a fun day of golf, good company and great food all while supporting your Junior Hurricanes!!! This event is not just for the golfers, but for the entire family! In addition to the golf scramble there will be music and plenty of kid's games followed by a catered lobster bake. Details are below as well as in the attached PDF link and you can also sign up for this using our registration system at the Online Registration Link below. There golf foursomes and hole sponsors available as well as plenty of spots for dinner, so reserve your lobsters today! Everyone is welcome so help us spread the word and we hope to see you on April 21st!!!
JR CANES PEE WEE A'S CAPTURE THEIR THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP
“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.” –Theodore Roosevelt
The Jr. Hurricanes rolled into our Nation’s Capital in high spirits after taking Gold at the Can-Am Challenge in Nashville and fresh off of two wins against a talented NOVA Ice Dogs team. Looking for their third Gold of the season, the Canes were going to have to put everything together to find success with a very challenging bracket.
The Canes started off the Congressional Cup with a rematch against Brick, NJ. Brick bested the Jr. Canes 3-1 back in November. Since that time, the Jr. Canes had learned how to play tight checking games against big, physical teams and they needed to use that experience to get a win against a very good club. After a scoreless first, Bryan Rappaport was able to get in close and bang in a goal for a 1-0 lead. The Canes continued to play a solid possession game and were rewarded a second time by Zach Kodesh who scored off a nice feed from Charles Allen. The game remained close and got even closer when Brick was able to score with under three minutes remaining to get the game to 2-1. Brick pulled their goalie late but were not able to find the back of the net and the Canes escaped with a 2-1 win.
Game 2 had the Canes up against the Philadelphia Blazers. The Blazers came into the tournament as the highest ranked seed and they brought a big dose of tough, grinding, physical hockey that you’d expect from Philly. The Blazers scored early in the first for a 1-0 lead and then used their size and speed to keep the Canes out of the middle of the ice. The final score never changed and the Canes were shut out for only the second time since October.
With the loss to the Blazers, Game 3 was a “must win” scenario for the Canes as they took on the Allegheny Badgers. Allegheny commanded the puck early on and owned the zone for large chunks of time but they were unable to take a lead. The game remained scoreless until more than halfway through the second period until William Bailey was able to find Charles Allen who bested the Badgers netminder and gave the Canes a 1-0 lead. Just over 2 minutes later the Badgers tied the game back up on a breakaway goal. The game remained tied most of the way through the third period until Patrick Beam dished the puck over to Charles Allen who struck for his second goal of the game. The Badgers pulled their goalie late and Zach Kodesh, with a feed from point-machine Charles Allen, scored what turned out to be a crucial empty net goal to give the Canes a 3-1 win.
The final game of the round-robin saw the Canes facing the Woodbridge (NJ) Wolfpack. Woodbridge got off to a fast start, jumping to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game. The Pack had the Canes reeling for the rest of the first and almost half of the second until Charles Allen used his red-hot stick to tie the game up with his 5th point of the tourney. The Wolfpack did not wait long to push back and took a 2-1 lead with 5:41 to go in the second. The Canes stayed with their system and battled for the rest of the second and into the third but had nothing to show for it. Down, 2-1, the Canes needed a goal to advance to the championship and they got one when William Bailey found Cameron Sparks who tied things up 2-2 with 4:13 to go in the game.
With a 3-way tie for second place, the second spot in the finals came down to goal differential, which the Canes won by a single goal. The finals were set and a rematch against the big, bad, Blazers from Philly was on. Both teams started on time and it was evident that this was going to be a hard, fast, physical hockey game. The Blazers struck first about midway through the first but Sullivan Swiersz was able to answer a couple minutes later to even the slate. As in the first game, the Blazers were able to use their size and speed to hem in the Canes and took a 2-1 lead late in the second. The Blazers took a nearly 2-1 shot advantage and a lot of confidence into the final frame. The 3rd period belonged to the Canes though, who dared to be great, pressured the puck and slowly but surely tilted the ice. With 6:57 to go in the game, the Big Man, Jonathan Gaca made a gorgeous stretch pass off the boards, banking the puck to a streaking Zach Kodesh who glided in behind the Blazers D and made a nifty post to post move, sliding a backhander past the Blazers netminder. It only took another 30 seconds for the Canes to plunge in the dagger when Cameron Sparks intercepted an attempted breakout pass zipped the puck down to Charles Allen who slid it over to Faris Seconi who settled the puck for a brief second and then fired the game winning goal into the back of the net. The Blazers were not done though and threw everything they had at the Canes an goalie Jack Shapiro, who stopped 25 of 27 shots, in probably his best game of the year. Zach Kodesh added an empty net insurance marker and the Canes had a 4-2 comeback, championship win.
The Jr. Canes Pee Wee A team finish the season with a 32-9-7 record and three Championship Banners to raise. The gold medal in the Congressional was the culmination of a fantastic season that saw this team grow and find ways to win tough, close hockey games. Huge thanks are due to coaches Dave Wright, Jr., Dave Rappaport and Pete Kinney who spent countless hours teaching the boys how to play the sport they love the right way.
Congratulations to the 12U AAA PeeWee Major team for winning the NHL Youth Cup in an exciting overtime shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at PNC Arena. The Canes won a rematch vs. the Blue Jackets after dropping the opening game to them 2-0. They then went on to beat Nashville 7-1, won 6-1 over the Islanders and a 4-0 must win over the Penguins to secure a spot in the final.
The Blue Jackets jumped to an early lead and scored with just 10 seconds into the opening period. Coach Steve Rice said “going down by a goal that quickly into the game could have been devastating, but the boys kept their composure and battled back. They also killed several crucial penalties and overcame adversity throughout the game.”
Kaden Wolitski won the tournament MVP finishing with 7 goals and one assist.
Congratulations again to all of the players and coaches!
Oilers Draft Skyler Brind'Amour in 2017-18 NHL Draft
The Junior Hurricanes are thrilled to congratulate, and announce that home grown talent, Skyler Brind"Amour was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in this year's 2017-18 NHL Draft.
Skyler played most of his youth career with the Junior Hurricanes from Mite through his 2015-16 15U AAA season.
This past season, Skyler player for the Selects Academy at South Kent School in Connecticut. As well, Skyler also played 6 games for the US National Under 17 team, and 2 games for the US National Under 18 team.
The Oilers selected Skyler Brind'Amour 177th overall in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.
His father, Rod, had more than 1,100 career points in 1,484 games as a player with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. Rod captained the Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2006 - against the Oilers.
The younger Brind'Amour is committed to Michigan State and will play for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL next season. He is NHL Central Scouting's 157th-ranked North American skater.
The Junior Hurricanes congratulate Skyler on this great acheivement and we wish him much success with his future hockey career!