Steelers 14U Team Takes Title At Rock-N-Roll Cup
CLEVELAND — The NCCYHA Steelers 14U team recently completed its season by winning the Rock-n-Roll Cup.
Playing in a round-robin format in the A2 Checking Division, the Steelers opened the tournament with a dramatic win last Friday, when they defeated the Pittsburgh/North Hills Vipers 4-3 on a highlight-reel goal scored by Mason Miller with just 9 seconds remaining in the game, assisted by Amato Fadale.
On Saturday, the Steelers defeated the Northern Michigan Lightspeed 5-3 and the Strongsville Mustangs 2-0.
After finishing pool play 3-0, the Steelers earned the No. 1 seed for the championship game, a rematch with the Pittsburgh/North Hills Vipers.
In Sunday’s championship game, the Vipers scored at the midway point of the first period to take the early 1-0 lead. The Steelers answered back by scoring the next two goals during the second period. After an intense and very physical third period, the Vipers scored the equalizer on the power play with just 32 seconds remaining in regulation.
Using championship game rules, the Steelers and Vipers headed to the 5-minute, sudden-death overtime tied 2-2. Both teams had multiple opportunities to win the game in the extra period, but both goalies would not allow a score.
Still tied 2-2 after the overtime period, a three-player shootout was next on the list to break the tie. The Steelers elected to shoot first and Miller again scored in dramatic fashion to give the Steelers the lead. The first Vipers shooter mishandled his attempt at evening the score. The Steelers second shooter, Elijah Staton, buried his opportunity to force the Vipers into a tight situation. Pittsburgh/North Hills’ second shooter’s attempt was saved by Lucas Davidson, giving the Steelers their title.
Leading the way offensively for the Steelers were Miller with four goals), Staton with three goals and two assists, Fadale with two goals and three assists, Blake Waterman with two goals, Alex Madurski with two goals, Nicholas Sweet with a goal and an assist, Ayden Wronski with a goal, and Ryan Wegrzynowski and Max Hazelton with two assists apiece.
Davidson earned the win in all four games between the pipes, including the shutout vs. Strongsville. Davidson’s clutch play throughout the weekend earned him the tournament’s MVP award.