The Steel City Selects 16U team brought home a silver medal from the Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships in Denver. After three close losses in the round robin portion of the tournament, the team still progressed to the quarterfinals. A 2-1 overtime win against the #3 ranked Casco Bay Mariners in the quarterfinals allowed the team to progress to the semifinals.
Farmington Hills Little Caesars was a familiar opponent to face in the semis, and Steel City came away with a 2-1 win in regulation. The championship game took place the next morning.
The opponent, Minnesota Premier Prep Orange 16U, had not been previously ranked. On a rainy Monday morning in Denver, the game atmosphere was exciting and tense. Steel City took the now #5 ranked Minnesota team into overtime, but ultimately lost 3-2. This team, who had the most wins in the regular season, should be proud of the silver medals that hang around their necks.