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U15 Penguins win Philadelphia President’s Day Tournament!

By Venetia Robertson, 02/18/15, 7:30AM CST


U15 Penguins win Philadelphia President’s Day Tournament!

Coach Mewett’s U15 midget minor team went undefeated in a frigid Philadelphia this weekend to take the Philadelphia Presidential Power Play championship, ultimately defeating a Quebec team in OT to win the tournament!

The first game against the Piedmont (VA) Predators came as a dominating win for the Penguins, winning 7-0.  Goals were scored by James Wheeler, Cody Wann, Anthony Blakley (2), and a hat trick for Connor Nehls.  Goals were assisted by Connor Coughlin (2), Anthony Blakley, Connor Nehls, Cody Wann & Mitchell Patterson.  Reid Robertson got the shutout.

Game 2 featured another scorefest from the Penguins, beating the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs 6-2, with Chris McElroy having a great game in net.  Connor Nehls continued his scoring streak, tallying 5 out of the 6 goals.  Rounding out the scoring was Cory Guld.  Assists came from Anthony Blakley, Trent Harlin, Nigel Good, & James Wheeler. 

The Penguins faced the Montgomery (MD) Blue Devils for game 3 of the tournament, winning 3-1.  Trent Harlin started off the scoring, followed by Connor Nehls, with assists for both goals from Connor Coughlin.  Finally, Bennett Jewell finished it off with a slapshot goal & an assist from the goalie, Reid Robertson.

The semi-final game against the New York Aviators was a nail-biter, ending with a 5-4 win in OT.  Goals were scored by Nigel Good, Mitchell Patterson, and another hat trick for Connor Nehls. Assists from Brian Befumo & Nigel Good contributed to the tenacious team effort.  Chris McElroy was in net for the playoff win.

The championship game proved to be a real challenge, with the 2 undefeated teams going up against each other for the final.   The Notre Dame Sabres out of Montreal, Quebec were definitely one of the toughest teams the Penguins have faced this season, but the Penguins rallied to win in OT, 3-2!  Another strong showing came from Connor Nehls, scoring all 3 goals, totaling up to his 4th hat trick of the tournament.  Assists came from Nigel Good, James Wheeler, & Kendall Horn. Reid Robertson was in goal for the win.

Winning the championship was an excellent way to end the season, congratulations to the team & what a great way to head into the playoffs!