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The 2nd Annual City of Origin/NHL team tournament at Seminary Rink wasn't supposed to happenon this Saturday, September 24th, due to bleak weather forecasts all week up until late the night before. For once, Mother Nature and the Hockey Gods were on the same page and the tournament was started and completed without one single weather delay. This year's tournament expanded from 5 to 7 teams with the additions of a 2nd DC team as well as NE/MW splitting into 2 squads. The tournament directors came through in the clutch with sponsorships from the likes of The Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy, The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory, Bugsy's Pizzeria and Sports Bar, Vitamin Water, Labatt Blue, Fat Tire, Molsen Canadian and the Washington Capitals who all donated uniforms, shirts and products to enhance this event even more for the over 100 registered players from the 7 teams.

The first game of the day featured DC2 vs NE at 7:30 AM and was even filmed partially by Channel 7 for the late night news. Some of the highlight games of the day featured Pittsburgh and Philly for state bragging rights which Pittsburgh won 3-1, Canada and Pittsburgh in a rematch of last year's finals (Canada won it all last year) which Canada once again won 3-2 as well as DC1 and DC2 in the battle for local bragging rights which DC2 (Team Fish/Captain) won 4-1. Each game's MVP was given a Labatt Hat in recogintion of their hard work for their team in helping them win.

The final standings had Canada finishing 1st with 42 points, DC2 2nd with 39 points, Pittsburgh 3rd with 36 points, Philly 4th with 28 points, DC1 5th with 10 points and NE and MW tied for 6th with 5 points each. The top 4 teams moved on to the single elimination playoff round. The first match up was a repeat of an earlier game between Pittsburgh and DC2 that Pittsburgh won 3-2. This game wasn't nearly as close unfortunately as Pittsburgh beat up on DC2 4-0 which knocked out the last local team standing. Pitt's goals were scored by Green, Jeziorski, Marwaha and Wilt. The other semifinal game featured top ranked Canada and 4th seeded Philadelphia. Philly scored first on a fluke goal from Green which was matched by a Canadian goal from Pike. Philly scored a late goal from Barrett which was enough to hold on for a 2-1 victory over the tournament favorites and defending champions. The finals were a rematch of an early morning preliminary round game which Pittsburgh won 3-1. This game had an entirely different result as Philadelphia jumped on Pittsburgh early with 2 goals in the first from Mahtesian and Barrett and another in the 2nd from Green before scoring a few more in the 3rd from Jacob and Hines and Philly dominated Pittsburgh to win state bragging rights, the Cup and 2nd annual City of Origin/NHL team tourney 5-0. Team Philly received the Cup, Fat Tire T Shirts and a soon to be designed champions shirt to show off at the rink. Congrats to Team Pittsburgh for making the finals for a 2nd straight year and they received Labatt Blue t shirts as a consolation prize.

As everyone knows this tournament is about much more than the hockey games as seen by each team setting up tents and tables with their teams/cities jerseys, shirts, memorabilia, etc and the top teams in this category were team Pittsburgh with 2 full tents as well as team Philly. Honorable mention goes to Jason Topercer of DC1 for renting an RV to tailgate with which was right in the Seminary Rink Parking Lot. Another tradition of this tournament is the huge cookouts each team sets up and any type of meat you can think of is being thrown on the grill especially later in the day. Chef Brian Robinson set up an amazing tailgate for his Midwest team which took the prize of top tailgate party. Thanks to everyone that helped me make this tournament happen especially Danny Douglass and Eddie Desabetino as well as the sound system from Brian Robinson and fantastic pictures from Derek Skaggs and all of our sponsors as well as all of the teams and especially captains who helped make this such a huge success. I can't wait for fall '12 to see what this tournament will bring to try to top this year.

Wayne Barrett
COO Tournament Director
DC Street Hockey
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