Bronze Medal Winners!
What a Season!
14U Tier 2 State Champions!
The DJHA Bantam Major team completed a very successful DSTHL regular season and playoff round with a sweep of the Texas Jr. Brahmas Bantam AA team on March 7, 2015. The Penguins went undefeated in the semi-final round of the playoffs, scoring 18 goals for with only 3 goals against. They also went undefeated in the best two-out-of-three finals, scoring 6 goals and yielding only 1.
The first game of the finals was a 4-1 win for the Penguins. Rafael Praysner opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:29 of the first period, followed by a goal from Griffin Sugasawara, with an assist from Adam Doucette. Late in the first period, the Jr. Brahmas forced a turnover, resulting in a breakaway and their only goal of the game. Early in the second period, the Penguins answered with a point shot from Christian Spearman, assisted by Brendan Skinner. The final tally in the game came from the stick of Adam Doucette into the empty Brahmas net. Ethan Williams was the winning goalie, stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced.
The Penguins and Brahmas were back at it late in the afternoon for game 2. Although the Penguins outshot the Brahmas for most of the game, it was deadlocked 0-0 until, with one minute left, Rafael Praysner managed to break through with a goal, assisted by Ryan Casey and Brendan Skinner. Griffin Sugasawara finished the scoring with an empty net goal 16 seconds later. Evan Williams earned the shutout and the win, saving all 11 shots he faced.
For the combined DSTHL regular season and playoffs, Coach Pfeiffer’s Penguins earned an overall record of 25-1. During these games, the team scored 126 goals while only surrendering 35 and shut out its opponents 11 times.
The Penguins will wrap up their season with a trip to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championship Tournament in Salt Lake City March 26-30, 2015.
Coach Pfeiffer’s Bantam Major team competed in the Texas State Championships February 20-22 for the right to represent the state at the USA Hockey National Championship tournament in March.
The team defeated the Houston Wild 2001 team during the playdown series entering the tournament as the 2nd seed. In round robin play, the Penguins played the HCD AAA 2000 team losing 0-3. Next up, they faced the Texas Jr. Brahmas, winning 6-2. They also defeated the HCD AA 2000 team by a score of 7-2. The Penguins entered the Championship game with a 2-1 record and 2nd seed to the HCD AAA 2000 team.
The game started off fast with the Penguins scoring first at 3:19 with a goal by Adam Doucette, assisted by Griffin Sugasawara. The Penguins struck again in the 2nd period with goals at 3:17 by Rafael Prasyner, assisted by Dylan Melton. The third goal came at 10:23 in the 2nd with Ethan Harrison scoring the eventual game winner, assisted by Sugasawara.
After a 15 minute intermission, HCD came out hitting hard in the 3rd period. They scored two goals leaving 9 minutes left in the game. The Penguins fought hard and were able to fend off the 6-man empty net offensive in the final 2 minutes of the game. Penguins were outshot 28 to 19 inthe game. Ethan Williams got the win in goal for the team.
Next up for the Penguins is the DSTHL semi-finals/finals and a trip to Salt Lake City for the National Tournament.
Way to go Penguins!
Coach Pfeiffer’s 2000s won the Bantam Gold division at the Labor Day Shootout tournament in Farmers Branch! The team went undefeated in 5 games, scoring 32 goals and only allowing 8.
The first game against the Houston Wild started off with the Penguins going down 0-2 until the end of the second period. Ethan McDonald scored on a break away with 7 seconds left in the period. Hunter Lane scored 8 seconds into the 3rd period to tie the game at 2-2. Adam Doucette broke the tie with a power play goal taking the lead 3-2. The Pens held on winning 3-2. Ethan Williams was in goal.
The nerves were clearly shaken off in game 2 versus the Texas Jr. Brahmas. The Penguins came away with an 8-0 win. Evan Williams earned the shutout. Goals were scored by Ethan Harrison (2); Ryan Casey (2); Dylan Melton; Griffin Sugasawara; Ethan McDonald and Preston Ford. This game was a great team effort!
The Penguins faced the Hockey Club Dallas 2000s in game 3 coming away with a 5-0 win. Ethan Williams earned the shutout. Goals were scored by Griffin Sugasawara, Kyle Hogue, Rafael Praysner, Brendan Skinner (short handed) and Dylan Melton (PP).
Game 4 was a shot-fest against the Hockey Club of Dallas 2001 AAA team. The team took 47 shots and won the game 10-3. Evan Williams got the win. Goals were scored by Griffin Sugasawara (2); Ryan Casey (Hat Trick); Dylan Melton; Hunter Lane; Tristen Smith, Rafael Praysner and Preston Ford.
The Penguins faced the Dallas Stars Elite 2001 AAA team in the Championship game. The boys quickly went down 0-2 in the first before coming back with 6 straight goals. The team won 6-3, scoring 2 short handed goals (Dylan Melton and Ethan Harrison) plus goals by Ryan Casey (2) and Rafael Praysner (2).
It was a great way to start the season with goals scored by 12 of our 16 skaters. Congratulations boys and Go Penguins!