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USA Hockey Nationals kick off

By AAHA, 03/31/22, 1:30PM EDT


ROCHESTER, M.I. - USA Hockey Nationals kicked off Wednesday morning for the Tier-I Youth tournament with Tier-II Youth and Girls Tier-I and Tier-II tournaments starting Thursday. Teams from the Atlantic District traveled across the nation for their chance at claiming the title of 2022 National Champion.

In the first games of the tournament, the Tier-I 16U New Jersey Rockets faced off against the Rhode Island Saints. 51 minutes were not enough to determine the fate of the contest. And after a five minute overtime period, neither team scored. The game proceeded to an 11-person shooter. Goaltender Ethan Marich kept the Rockets in the game for the rounds, and was helped by Kristofers Krumins who scored the game winning goal.

Earlier in the day, the Tier-I 16U North Jersey Avalanche put a goal in with less than a minute to go in the first period against Culver Academy. They managed to hold onto that lead for the entirety of the second period. Following the intermission, Culver came out strong and put one past the Avalanche defense. The Avalanche turned up the intensity and Brandon Hilton scored the game winning goal halfway through the third period assisted by Brian Nicholas. They kept their 2-1 lead for the remainder of the period and earned the three points in round robin play.

The complete list of teams representing the Atlantic District include:
Tier-I Youth
14U - Philadelphia Flyers Elite
15O - North Jersey Avalanche
16U - North Jersey Avalanche
16U - NJ Rockets
18U - Little Flyers

Tier-I Girls
14U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
16U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
19U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers

Tier-II Youth
14U - DE Ducks
14U - North Jersey Kings
14U - York Devils
16U - Montclair Blues
16U - Team Philadelphia
18U - Blue Hens
18U - Jersey Colts
18U - Philadelphia Blazers

Tier-II Girls
14U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
14U - NJ Bandits
14U - Philadelphia Little Flyers
16U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
16U - Philadelphia Little Flyers
16U - NJ Colonials
19U - Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
19U - Ramapo Saints
19U - Philadelphia Little Flyers