The Shamrocks 2004 Pee Wee Green Team traveled to Cyclones country for the Annual MLK Cyclones Tourney. First game was Friday afternoon against the host Cyclones and the Shamrocks started off strong and dominated play Fridaywith a convincing 4-1 win. Both Shamrock Goalies, Jared Norton and Liam Crowley were great in net and kept the Cyclones off the board for most of the game. The Shamrocks had a tough start to Game 2 falling behind 3-0 on some team defense lapses early in the first period. Second period they got on the board but found themselves down 5-2 after two..they would come within reach at 5-3 before an empty netter gave the Stars a 6-3 win. The Shamrocks still controlled their own destiny and they needed a win Sunday night against the Wizards to get into the Championship game and to take first place to control the choice of who shoots first in a Shoot Out if necessary. The Shamrocks came out strong and dominated a penalty filled game with a solid 7-1 victory and a chance to play for the trophy Monday morning.
The Shamrocks had a late game Sunday night and an early Championship game against a fresh opponent on Monday vs. the Hometown Cyclones. The Cyclones would take advantage of a defense miscue and get out to a 1-0 lead in front of a hometown crowd. The Shamrocks would battle back and weather the Cyclones storm as Liam Crowley held strong and made save after save until his team could kill some penalties. The Shamrocks and Cyclones battled to 2-2 before the Cyclones got two goals to take a 4-2 lead late into the third…the Shamrocks did not give up but fantastic goaltending by the Cyclones would hold the Shamrocks off the board for most of the third. With a minute left the Shamrocks would get their 3 goal when Donovan Ryan made a great tip off a Patrick Barrett shot from the point and give them some life. After a quick time out a play was drawn up and the boys executed great with a big face off win by Will Van Sicklin who hit Ryan McGuinness with a pass off the face off and McGuinness was able to get the puck in the deep and with the goalie pulled the Shamrocks went to work. After a lot of pressure the Shamrocks would not give up and Van Sicklin would poke a loose puck in to tied the game at 4-4. The game would go to Overtime and after 5 minutes of pressure by the Shamrocks the game remained tied was after OT and the Shamrocks headed to a three man shoot out.
As home team the Shamrocks deferred going first taking a note out of Bill Belichick’s coaching manual and Cyclones would have first shot. Cyclones had one of their top forwards start against Jared Norton in net…Jared held his angle and the first shooter rang the post. Matt Elwell (Tourney goal scoring leader) was first up for the Shamrocks and as he has done all year he was able to get a big first goal putting it upstairs by a very solid Cyclones Goalie. The Second shooter again was one of the top Cyclones players and she made some nifty moves but Jared played his angles and caused her to lose the puck and it sailed wide. Advantage was Shamrocks. Next up was Van Sicklin to get the win. He came in on the goalie fired a hard wrist shot but the goalie was up to the task and made a great blocker save. The Cyclones third shooter came in hard on Norton and fired a hard wrist shot that trickled in five hole. 1-1 tie in the shoot out with one shooter left, Rowan Mondello. Rowan got some advice and as he has done all year came down on the goalie made a move and fired a wrist shot over the Cyclones shoulder to get the Victory for the Shamrocks. The Shamrocks 2004 Green team finished first in the round robin as well as in Goals For with 14 and Goals Against with 8 and took the Trophy back to Ristuccia. Great job Patrick Barrett, Rowan Mondello, Matt Elwell, Will Van Sicklin, Owen White, Ryan McGuinness, Donovan Ryan, Ben Sieve, Alex Doudkin, Jake Guertin, Tyler Walles, Nick Heaslip, Ryan Dusablon, Nick Palermo, Janssen Sperling and Goalies Jared Norton and Liam Crowley. Great job to the coaching staff of Head Coach Leo Barrett Jr. and Assistant Coaches Michael Mondello, Daniel White, Derek Heaslip and Dan Crowley.