Team Maryland made their presence felt in this year’s AYHL playoffs. All of the Team Maryland playoff teams had winning records during the round robin part of their tournaments and each team made a run to at least the semi-final playoff game.
Alex Chaconas, Team Maryland (U16 American), won the All-American Forward Award and Alex Emam, Team Maryland (U16 American) won the All-American Goalie Award.
Most importantly, Team Maryland (U16 American) won the AYHL Championship in dramatic fashion and cemented their legacy in the Team Maryland history books.
“The AYHL Playoffs was another great showing for the Team Maryland family,” said Team Maryland Hockey Director Chris Ceransky. “Five of our seven teams qualified for the playoffs, and every one of those teams made it to at least to the Semi-Finals. The U16 American team won our first AYHL Playoff Championship in recent years, and two of our players won individual awards. The brand of hockey over the weekend was fantastic and it was great to see the players having so much fun. I thoroughly enjoy watching our Team Maryland teams play in the AYHL Playoffs each year. It truly is a special event.”
Read below for a recap of each team’s AYHL playoff run:
Team Maryland (U16) won their semi-final matchup against the Long Island Royals, 3-1 to advance to the AYHL Championship. Alex Chaconas, Peter Roche, and Kyle Radimer all found the back of the net to secure the victory. Goalie Trevor Ziffer made 16 saves for a .941 SV%.
Team Maryland’s Alex Chaconas took over the AYHL Championship game against the Connecticut Chiefs. Tied 1-1 in the third period, the Chiefs scored with two minutes remaining. Team Maryland kept their composure and Alex Chaconas scored with 22 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Chaconas continued his dominating performance by scoring the game-winning goal that gave him a hat-trick for the game and a team championship for Team Maryland.
Team Maryland (U16 American) also won the Motown Tournament and Clearwater Thanksgiving tournament this season. Winning the AYHL Championship cements the high-caliber season this team has had. This group will go down in Team Maryland history as one of the most successful teams this organization has had.
“The AYHL Championship game epitomizes this team and the season we had,” said Team Maryland (U16 American) Head Coach Matt Reid. “These players have been battle tested and it really showed during the most important game of the year. There was never a doubt in our mind that we would eventually prevail. I am so proud of this group. All championship teams are special and this one is no exception. I will always cherish the memories we made as a team and what we were able to accomplish together.”
Team Maryland’s Peewee Majors went 2-0-1 during the round robin portion of the playoffs. They advanced to the championship game after an exciting comeback win against the New Jersey Jr. Titans. Team Maryland trailed 3-1 in the third
period, but still ended up prevailing in overtime, 4-3. Team Maryland lost in the AYHL Championship game to the New Jersey Colonials.
Team Maryland’s Peewee Minors dominated the round robin portion of the playoffs by going 3-0. They took the momentum all the way to the
semi-finals, but lost in a close battle to the Valley Forge Minutemen, who eventually went on to win the AYHL Championship. This year’s playoff surge was led by the offensive play of Gavin McCarthy, Carter Johnson, and Alexander Milota.
Team Maryland’s Bantam Majors got off to a hot start in the round robin portion of the tournament by going 3-0. The offense was led by Miles Gunty, Michah Berger, and Tyler Iles. The trio had multiple assists and multiple goals during their playoff run. Goalies Jack Spicer and Chase Hornbecker held it down between the pipes. Unfortunately, the playoff run was cut short in the semi-finals against the Washington Little Caps. The Bantam Majors will prepare for SE Districts this coming week in Florida.
Team Maryland (U18) lost in the semi-finals to the New Jersey Titans, who went on to win the AYHL championship. Jack Massey and Kevin Lyons both scored in the losing effort. Team Maryland (U18) will also be prepping for SE Districts this week.