Southern Illinois Ice Hawks win tourney title

May 29, 2014 

Pictured from left to right front row: Ethan McFarland, Cam Gillen, Graham Gunn (goalie), David Jones, Geoffrey Schotz (goalie), Jaxon Luraschi,ÊJoshua Harn. Second row from left to right: Danny Rudman, Aiden Kwiatkowski,ÊIsak Bourn,Alex Gaither, Cody Webb, Austin Penwell, David Nappier, Grant Miner and Clarke Morrison The Pee WeeÕs were coached by (from left to right): Dave Nappier, Rob Wiemers, John Schotz and Charlie Luraschi.

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The Southern Illinois Ice Hawks Pee Wee Team entered into a tournament to play in the Seven Bridges Spring Classic youth hockey tournament in Chicago on May 16.

The boys ages range from 11 to 12 years old. This team consisted of four separate youth hockey programs in the Southern Illinois area. Most of the players had never played with each other before nor had a winning season.

The Ice Hawks won their round robin games and found themselves in the semifinals of their tournament bracket. The Ice Hawks beat a strong Bruins team 5-4 to advance to the championship game. In the championship game, the Ice Hawks battled a determined Leafs team down to the wire, winning the championship in a 3-2 squeaker.

The players from four teams with losing records found themselves with the championship plaque and gold medals,

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