The Defender Hockey Tournament, New England Fall Prep, was a showcase of thrilling hockey action, with two deserving champions emerging in the U16 and 18U divisions.
In the U16 Division, the Esmark Stars displayed their talent and determination throughout the tournament. Their journey to the championship began with a battle against Top Gun, which ended in a 7-6 victory in overtime. Emmet McClaine stole the spotlight with an incredible performance, contributing two goals and two assists to secure the win.
The Stars continued their impressive run with a dominant 4-0 victory in their second game, completely shutting out the NH Avalanche. Luke Mink and Marshall Hewitt played a pivotal role in this triumph, each adding a goal and an assist to their team's impressive tally.
The championship game was a tight and intense affair, but the Esmark Stars showcased their resilience by edging out the American Hockey Academy with a slim 1-0 victory. The tournament's winning goal was netted by Liam Mahoney, sealing their U16 Division championship victory.
In the 18U Division, it was Top Gun who emerged as the victors. They kicked off their campaign with a commanding 3-0 win, shutting out the Esmark Stars in an impressive display of defensive strength. The highlight of their tournament came in the championship game, where they faced off against CP Dynamo in a closely contested battle.
Michael Mansfield emerged as the hero in the final showdown, scoring the game-winning goal that secured Top Gun's championship triumph with a final score of 2-1.
Congratulations to the Esmark Stars for their U16 Division victory and to Top Gun for their 18U Division championship! Make sure to check out our upcoming Fall and Winter Tournaments