The South Shore Kings 16U EHF Selects team is headed this week to Plano, Texas for the USA Hockey Nationals. The tournament gets underway Thursday and the Kings will play the New Jersey Freeze Black squad to kick things off in the round-robin stage of the tourney.
They will then play the Littleton Hawks on Friday and Wisconsin Northeast on Saturday.
Head coach Christian Felli has been doing his best to get his players ready and to rebuild their chemistry after a long layoff while they played their respective high school and prep school seasons.
“In anticipation of the Nationals, the team got back together on the ice this past week,” Felli said. “We will have had a total of four practices and one non-contact scrimmage before we head out to Plano on Wednesday. The players have enjoyed reconnecting after their high school season and they are looking forward to recreating the magic of the State Championship run.”
Felli knows the road to the knockout stage of the tournament won’t be easy but he’s been impressed with the atmosphere around the team and believes they’re ready for the big stage.
“The team will face some great competition in Texas against the New Jersey Freeze, the Littleton Hawks and Wisconsin Northeast,” he said. “The majority of these teams have played full seasons, so it is a challenging task for our team to get up to speed and on the same page as we were back in October.
“But that’s a challenge this team is ready to face. Practices have been intense and there has been great focus. You can feel the excitement in the air.”
Conor O’Neill (four goals, two assists) led the team in points with six; Henry Place III led the team in goals with five lamplighters and Xavier Felli had the most assists with four helpers. Between the pipes, Michael Mazzocca was 3-0-0-1 with a 1.25 GAA and Jonathan Curran was 1-6-0-0 with a 4.40 GAA.
South Shore Kings 16U USA Hockey Nationals Schedule
Thurs., April 4, 6:00 PM, vs. New Jersey Freeze Black
Friday, April 5, 2:15 PM, at Littleton Hawks
Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 AM, vs. Wisconsin Northeast