Girls 19U Tier I Regional Tournament at the MSC

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association (VSAHA), in conjunction with the New England District (NED) of USA Hockey (USAH), is pleased to announce the Girls 19U Tier I Regional Tournament to be held at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The home state Rice Prep Knights, the New Hampshire Northern Cyclones, the Mid Fairfield Connecticut Stars, and the Connecticut Junior Eagles will tangle for the regional slot at the national championships in Michigan next month. The Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), the Friends of Middlebury Hockey (FOMH), and the Town of Middlebury serve as this year's hosts.

USAH is the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the US, and the NED is one of its 12 districts. Tier I represents the top level of play at the youth level, and many of these athletes will continue to play their sport at the intercollegiate level after high school. This weekend’s tournament will showcase some of the best high school aged female hockey players from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The Rice Knights enter the tournament with a record of 15-24- 4, ending the season on a positive run of 7-1- 0, including a strong 3-1- 0 record at the North American Prep Hockey Association league championships. The neighboring Northern Cyclones bring a 34-23- 5 record, and were recently crowned New England Women’s Junior Hockey League champions for the third year in a row. The Mid Fairfield CT Stars carry a 25-7- 2 record to the tournament, and enter as their state’s top seed after defeating three other Tier I competitors to win the Connecticut Hockey Conference championship. The CT Junior Eagles round out the bracket, boasting a 12-12- 2 record in their inaugural season, securing a berth in the regional by knocking off the pre-tournament #1 seed in the same championship before falling to the CT Stars. All four teams have the bona fides to represent New England well at the national championships.

Game schedule for Friday, March 17:
Game 1 (6:00 p.m.) - VT Rice Knights v. NH Northern Cyclones
Game 2 (7:30 p.m.) - Mid Fairfield CT Stars v. CT Junior Eagles

Game schedule for Saturday, March 18:
Game 3 (9:30 a.m.) - VT Rice Knights v. Mid Fairfield CT Stars
Game 4 (11:00 a.m.) - NH Northern Cyclones v. CT Junior Eagles

Game 5 (4:30 p.m.) - NH Northern Cyclones v. Mid Fairfield CT Stars
Game 6 (6:00 p.m.) - CT Junior Eagles v. VT Rice Knights

Game schedule for Sunday, March 19:
Championship (8:00 a.m.) - TBA