The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders' USPHL 15U team came up with the 15U White Division Championship at the Eastern Alliance Kickoff, held in more than a dozen rinks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island between Sept. 3-6.
The Jr. Islanders were one of 243 teams that participated at the 13U through 18U levels spread out over 15 different groupings (Divisions). Out of these 243, 35 teams came from the USPHL 18U, 16U and 15U leagues, including the Boston Junior Bruins 18U and one of two South Shore Kings 18U teams, both of whom reached the finals in their divisions.
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders started their four-day run on Friday, earning a win against the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers Showcase team. That was followed by two wins on Saturday, including one against fellow USPHL members the Springfield Pics.
They finished 5-0 through Sunday, and drew the North Shore Wings in the semifinal. Up 2-1, they soon found themselves down 5-3 before rallying back to tie the game and then win in the shootout to advance to the finals.
Yet again, versus the Washington Little Capitals, they were up 1-0 but lost the lead and were forced into OT at 1-1. In OT, Peter Allen scored the overtime game-and championship-winner on a team coached by NHL alum Arron Asham.
The South Shore Kings 18U team coached by Jon Skarlis found itself in the 18U Yellow Division final against a team with a familiar look - the South Shore Kings Split-Season 18U team from the EHF Selects division. The USPHL's full-season Kings held a 2-0 lead at the half, but the split-season squad roared back with seven second-half goals to just one from the USPHL squad.
The Boston Junior Bruins 18U team - the reigning USPHL 18U National Champions - started with a win against the East Coast Militia, but were only able to gain a pair of ties on Saturday, including one against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Purple team.
An 8-7 win on Sunday afternoon against the Hitmen Hockey Club Prep team put them into the quarterfinals, where they earned a 5-0 shutout of the New England Fall Prep Hockey League 18U squad.
On Monday, they earned a second straight shutout of 2-0 against the River Rats West team to make the championship final, where the Washington Little Capitals earned the close 4-3 win.
The USPHL thanks all of its teams for its collective high level of competition at the Eastern Alliance Kickoff, and for representing the league well throughout the entire four-day holiday weekend. Best of luck to all the teams in the remainder of the 2021-22 regular season.