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Team Philly Knocks off Pittsburgh 2-1 in the Championship

This year's City of Origin Tournament (COO4 for short) was sponsored by Hockey Giant, The Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy, First Down Sports Bar and Grill, the PGA and Labatt's. Please visit all of our sponsors for your Physical Therapy needs (numerous DCSH players have and are currently) as well as for hockey merchandise/gear, food and beverages. Special thanks to Scott MacQuarrie, Jake Denne and Bob Heintz for all of their hard work with helping us find these sponsorships. If you have any sponsors that may be interested for next year please let us know. 

The weather was a bit warmer than usual (mid 70's) or ideal for an outdoor street hockey tournament but it was beautiful out and more importantly dry. The divisions this year broke down this way. A) Philly, Northeast, Pitt-Denne and DC-Turner and B) Canada, Midwest, Pitt-Fay and DC-Popkin. The first game at 7:30AM featured CAN vs DCP and with all points valuable DCP stole this one with a goal from Kalender with 17 seconds left for the 2-1 win. After a few more prelim games the Northeast defeated DC-Turner 4-3 for a very important 11 points. 

We had our 30 minute break this year for our breakaway competition as well as our hardest slap shot competition. The SS contest was based on players paying $5 for 5 shots during the morning to see who would be the top 3 in two different brackets of 40 and over and under 40. The top 40 and over slap shots in the prelim round were Drew Kudrick 78, Wayne Barrett 76 and Scott MacQuarrie and Greg Nevano at 75. The under 40's were Kevin Roby 83, Anthony Trzeciak 82 and Matt Benson with 81.  Scott MacQuarrie won for the 40 and over (85) and Kevin Roby won for the under 40 (87). Towner French came away as the top goalie during the breakaway competition and Tommy Bowser the top goal scorer. Congrats to all of the winners.

Back to the last round of prelim games that decided the top 4 to make the playoffs. DCP took on PITF and the winner would move on to the final 4. The game was scoreless until the end as Bowser scored with 1:06 left to play to move his team on and send DCP to the tailgate in a heartbreaker. Next up CAN vs MW in another winner move on scenario though in case of a tie CAN would move on based on goal differential.  D'Agnillo scored go give CAN a 1-0 lead after one. MW scored twice in the 2nd on goals by Kunin and McDonough to take a 2-1 lead but CAN crushed the MW momentum with a goal by Gilbert with only 5 seconds left in the 2nd to tie the game at 2 going to the 3rd. The teams battled hard in the 3rd with CAN holding the hammer and MW having to score to win and MW pulled their keeper in the final minute, trying to move onto the playoff round for the 1st time ever in the 4 years of COO play, but it wasn't meant to be and captain Robinson was off to the tournament's best grill out party as Gold hit the GWENG for team CAN to move them onto the final 4 for the 4th straight year. The next game featured the young and upcoming NE team, without Pat Young this year, against PHA who was all but assured of moving into the final 4 unless they lost by 5. Team NE took it to PHA from the get go and beat them 4-1 on goals from Satterly, Nevano, Lafortune and Abraham with the lone PHA goal by Kudrick. The NE win eliminated DCT before they could take on PITD but that didn't stop them from exploding offensively in their finale and knocking PITD out of the playoffs with a 5-1 victory. DCT got goals from captain Turner (2), Trzeciak, Keeler and Bailey as the team finally jelled though just a little too late in the day. Gregg had the only goal for PITD.

The first semifinal game featured PIT-Fay who added Mercurio, Wilt and Gregg from the eliminated PIT-Denne team for the playoffs.  PITF got on the board first with a goal from Malley in the 1st. The 2nd period was scoreless before NE tied it up 2 minutes into the 3rd on a goal from Juraska from Satterly.  Neither team would score again and the teams went to OT. The teams traded scoring chances with  the closest being a point shot from the point by Gerber that went through a screen and hit off of the crossbar. Keepers Tardivo and Brush were outstanding in net and kept both offenses off of the board. The commissioner gave into the chants on the mic and in the crowd and let the teams play a 2nd OT with permission from team CAN captain Houston. The teams went through another whole period without a goal and neither Houston nor the refs were willing to wait for another one due to time restraints, etc so we went to a shootout unfortunately. Team PIT went first and got a goal from Contreras before  Abraham missed for NE. The next 4 shooters from each team missed as Mercurio, Fibbi, Bowser and Gregg all missed for team PIT and Satterly, Matt Kourt, Juraska and Nevano all missed for NE (where was Lafortune in the SO?) A tough way to lose a playoff game but overall an outstanding run for the NE team led by Zimm. The second game was a familiar matchup between PHA and CAN who were meeting for the 3rd straight year in the semi's. The teams played a scoreless 1st before team CAN scored the first goal of the game yet again on an unassisted  goal by Leadston. Team CAN was looking to lock down the 1-0 lead  before PHA scored on a blast from the point by  Mahtesian off of face off win by Barrett to tie the game up and switch the momentum of the game over halfway through the 3rd. With just under 3 minutes left in the 3rd that same combo would strike again as Barrett fed Mahtesian for a beautiful one time blast that somehow squeezed into a small gap in the top corner of the net by a stunned MacQuarrie, who was outstanding in net, and gave PHA a 2-1 lead late. Team CAN brought the  house the last few minutes but Ward and the PHA defense locked it down and held on for the 2-1 win. Team PHA has now beaten CAN by the exact same 2-1 score three years in a row somehow to just intensify this huge rivalry.  

In the finals team Philly took on a PIT team for the 2nd time in 3 years as team PHA won 5-0 in COO2.  PITF got on the board first on a goal from the half wall by Fibbi from Jones just 6 minutes into the game and they held a 1-0 lead after the 1st. Team PHA got a PP about halfway though the 2nd and made it count as Barrett was in front of the net and tipped a shot in through his legs barely by Tardivo's pad off a great feed from Hines to tie the game at one. The teams went into the 3rd tied and were trading chances early in the period before a rush up the rink led to another sweet goal by PHA. Team PHA brought the ball into the PIT zone and Fiorello fed a pass towards the front of the net that Dunner slid and banged in on his knees to give his team the lead 2-1 with 7 minutes to go in the game. PITF had a few quality chances late including a late PP but team PHA held onto for the 2-1 win and the 3peat.  Congrats to playoff MVP Charlie Mahtesian of PHA, MVG George Ward also of PHA and team PITF MVP Zach Tardivo.  Commish Barrett led the playoffs with 3 points, Charlie Mahtesian with 2 goals and George Ward with 2 wins and a 1.00 GAA. 

Congrats also to the round robin leaders:  Craig Turner and Wayne Barrett with 4 points, Craig Turner with 4 goals, Zach Tardivo with a 0.67 GAA

Thanks to all of the captains, refs, DJ's/Announcers, scorekeepers, timekeepers, people that brought food and especially to all of the guys that helped clean up at the end of the night. We can't make this happen without all of you. COO is welcoming Marshall Popkin and Bob Heintz onto the tournament committee for year 5 which will hopefully be even better. 

Commish Barrett
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