The Team Maryland Organization has wrapped up another successful regular season and 5 of its 7 teams are planning a strong playoff run. Team Maryland’s Peewee Minors, Pewee Majors, Bantam Majors, U16 American, and 18U are all teams that are playoff bound. This level of success establishes Team Maryland has an elite youth hockey program that can compete with anyone in the country.
“It is a great accomplishment for our club to have 5 of our 7 teams make the playoffs,” said Team Maryland’s Executive Director Mike Weiss. “Furthermore, it’s even more impressive that each team has a legitimate shot at winning their league championship. All five of the teams finished between 1st and 3rd place in the regular season standings and I can’t wait to see to see how our coaches and players perform in the playoffs!”
Below is a quick regular season breakdown of each one of Team Maryland’s playoff teams:
Team Maryland’s Peewee Minors finished 21-6-2 (AYHL Season), which resulted in a third-place finish. Their overall record was 30-18-7, finished the regular season with a +100-goal differential, and are currently ranked #10 nationally. It has been a dominant year for this bunch, but the Long Island Gulls will be the team to beat come playoff time. The Gulls are 55-5-4 and are 2-1 against Team Maryland this year.
Team Maryland’s Peewee Majors will be advancing to the playoffs for the second consecutive year after finishing 21-6-3 with a +71-goal differential in AYHL play, which earned them second place in their league. Their overall record of 37-21-6 resulted in #11in the national rankings. Team Maryland looks to make a lot of noise in the playoffs this year.
Team Maryland’s Bantam Majors are no strangers to the playoffs as this is their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. They finished 22-6-2 in the AYHL, which tied them for first place, but a tie breaker bumped them down to the number two seed for the playoffs. Boasting a 31-17-5 overall record which placed them #17 nationally, this group has had a lot of playoff heartbreak. They have had a semi-final loss and two losses in the finals as they have advanced age groups with one of those losses being a quadruple-overtime game! This group aims to overcome its playoff woes this year.
Team Maryland’s U16 American dominated AYHL play this regular season with a 24-2-1 record, which was the best record in the AYHL. The top playoff seed had an overall record of 48-6-5 with a goal differential of +105. Team Maryland looks to continue its domination in the playoffs.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming playoff weekend,” said Head Coach Matt Reid. “The boys have worked hard to prepare for this level of hockey. I know this team is ready and excited to play the best teams in the league.”
Team Maryland’s 18 Midgets finished with an AYHL record of 15-6-2 and placed second in the league. William Yao, Kevin Lyons, and Hunter Partsch all finished in the top 10 for scoring in the AYHL with 29 points each. This team has reached the finals two years in a row, but has lost to the New Jersey Avalanche each time. Team Maryland looks to change their fortune this go around and bring home the hardware.