Murrysville, PA (May 26, 2015) Over Memorial Day weekend the Murrysville Dek Hockey Tournament Teams made their way to the Greater Pittsburgh Dek Hockey Center in Penn Hills, PA for the second annual ‘Penn Hills B Tournament’. Again, the Penguin, Beaver, and Cadet teams were present but with one wrinkle. With this tournament being considered a ‘B’ level tournament, the Murrysville Penguin team entered the tournament in the Beaver division after their dominating championship in April’s Midwest Regionals.
The Murrysville Cadet team got off to a hot start with a huge 10-0 win over the Penn Hills Malitia. Unfortunately the Cadet team could not carry that momentum through the rest of the tournament losing to Latrobe 2-1 and Purple Power 4-0 in round robin play before losing their rematch with Latrobe 4-1 in Sunday’s semi-finals. The Cadet team will regroup and hope to make some noise at their next tournament.
The Murrysville Penguin team, while playing in the beaver division, raised some eyebrows the entire weekend and it started with a solid 2-1 win over a very good Dek Star team and followed that win with another solid 6-1 win over the Penn Hills Jackals. Their two wins in round robin placed them as the #2 seed going into Sunday’s playoffs. A 6-0 win in a quarter finals rematch with the Penn Hills Jackals sent the Penguin team to the semi-finals to face Dek Star again. The Murrysville Penguin team carried the play and won 6-2 to reach the finals.
The Murrysville Beaver team kicked off their tournament with a 10-0 win over the Penn Hill Jackals before facing one of their rival teams, the Team Pittsburgh Dragons, a team they lost to in the South Hills tournament championship game. The very focused Beaver went on to a dominating 6-1 win over the Dragons and giving them the #1 seed and a bye into the semi-finals on championship Sunday. The #6 seeded Team Pitt Dragons upset the #3 seeded Latrobe Dek Rats to advance to the semi-finals for a rematch against the Murrysville Beaver team. After going down 2-1 in the second period, the Murrysville Beaver team found their way and scored three unanswered goals to win 4-2 and advance to the championship game against the Murrysville Penguin team.
In the all Murrysville final, it was the Murrysville Beaver team that jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first period. The Penguin team held their own for the first half of the game but the depth of the Beaver team came to the forefront as they captured their first tournament championship of the year by a score of 7-0.
Congratulations to the Murrysville Beaver team on their Tournament Championship and the Murrysville Penguin team for reaching the championship game of a Beaver division tournament!