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High Performance Youth League Playoffs: Six champions crowned on Sunday

By Joshua Boyd /, 03/03/19, 11:15PM EST


It was a busy weekend for the High Performance Youth Hockey League as age groups ranging from 10U Minor (2009 birth year) to 14U Major (2004 birth year) came down to typically four teams for each in the HPYL championships.

With the championships held entirely held at the Ice Vault in Wayne, N.J., the HPYL crowned six champions on Sunday.



Saturday ended with the ‘04 (14U Major) semifinals between the CP Dynamo and New Jersey Hitmen, and the New Jersey Rockets against the Palmyra Black Knights.

The top-seeded Hitmen got the win they needed to move to the finals (1-0), while the Palmyra black Knights narrowly upset the Rockets, 2-1, to get to Sunday.

There, Palmyra scored at 13:53 of overtime to capture the 14U Major championship. Sebastian Kiely was the OT winner.  



Three teams finished in a tie for the points lead this year in this division, including the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, New Jersey Hitmen and New Jersey Rockets. The Rangers took the top overall spot in the tournament, winning 17 games to lead in that category during the season and capture the top overall seed.

The Rangers beat the No. 4 seed CP Dynamo, 4-2, and the No. 2 Hitmen beat the No. 3 Rockets, 4-1.

The finals saw the Hitmen upstage the Rangers, 4-3, ironically at almost the exact same time of overtime as Palmyra won their ‘04 game - 13:49. Eric Bjornson scored the OT goal for the Hitmen.



This age group (12U Major) was upset city. The No. 4 Hartford Jr. Wolfpack took out the top-seeded Rockets, 2-1, and the No. 3 Hitmen defeated the No. 2 CP Dynamo to advance to Sunday’s final.

The No. 3 Hitmen were the big winners in the end, scoring in the first and third periods (against one goal by Hartford in the second) to hold up the 12U Major banner for 2019.



The 2007 age group was the first where the semifinals were decisive in favor of the higher seeds. The Rockets won 8-1 in the first semifinal game and the Hitmen won 3-0 over the Philadelphia Hockey Club.

The Rockets came out of the Sunday final with a 2-0 record, thanks to a goal with 23.3 seconds left scored by the Rockets for the insurance goal.



The CP Dynamo pulled off a 6-5 semifinal win over the slightly higher-seeded Philadelphia Hockey Club to advance to the finals of the ‘08’s (10U Major).

The top-seeded Rockets won by a 5-1 score in the semifinals, but were bested in the final by CP Dynamo by a decisive 9-2 decision.



The youngest group in the HPYL saw the New Jersey Rockets Black team power their way past the high seed Philadelphia Hockey Club and win the USPHL title.