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Shoreline Sharks U16 Wins USA Hockey Girls 2018 National Championship

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Shoreline Sharks Youth Hockey Shoreline SHarks 2018 USA Hockey Girls Tier II National Champions
Organization Gains Second Championship Title in Two Years with Eight Players Returning from 2017 Championship Team

GUILFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2018 - EntSun -- The Shoreline Sharks U16 Black (AA) team won the USA Girls Ice Hockey 2018 Tier II National Championship, defeating the Vermont Shamrocks 1-0 in the finals at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on April 9, 2018.  The Sharks team went undefeated in national play, beating teams from New York, New Jersey, South Dakota, Michigan, Alaska and Vermont, and outscoring the competition 21-3.

The win in the championship game against the Shamrocks was even sweeter, as it avenged the Sharks 4-2 loss in regional play a few weeks earlier to the same Shamrocks -- the Sharks only loss in the entire 2018 tournament run (state, regionals, and nationals). The Sharks strategy of controlling the championship game with aggressive forechecking, sound defensive hockey, and quick transitions from defense to offense paid off.  The game was tense and scoreless until the Connecticut girls rallied with 8 minutes left in the third period, and then played solid defensive hockey to emerge with the 1-0 win.

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"This team never quits or backs down from a challenge.  Losing to the Shamrocks in the regional finals served as major motivation for this highly competitive group of girls. The players worked extremely hard to prepare, practicing almost daily prior to the tournament," said Coach Ed Rodham. "Our strength in goaltending, strong defense, and an offense that capitalizes on opponent mistakes served us well. The girls were focused and executed our game plan flawlessly, and it paid off with the championship title."

This is the second year in a row a Shoreline Sharks team has earned a USA Hockey National Championship title.  In 2017, nine members from this year's U16 team clinched the same title in the U14 division, compiling an impressive two-year record:  25-1-4 in state, regional and national tournament play and 12-0 in national-only play. The 2017 and 2018 Shoreline Sharks are officially the 15th and a 16th teams from Connecticut to since the USA Hockey Girls National Tournament started 40 years ago in 1978.

"We brought on seven new players to the team this year, who complimented the team dynamic on and off the ice. Their chemistry is unparalleled; they play like they've skated together their entire lives.  Their 2017-2018 record speaks for itself, 32-9-3 while maintaining a top 5 national ranking all season on myhockeyrankings.com," added Coach Rodham. "I speak for my co-coaches, Karlyn Donovan and Rachel Farrel, in saying that we were honored to lead this team and take part in this incredible journey. They're a great group of players who would go through a wall for each other. This season, ending with the championship title, created a chest full of memories that will last a lifetime."

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The core of the team will continue to play for the Shoreline Sharks in the 2018-2019 season as a national tournament-bound team with a modified schedule that accommodates the high school season.  Seven of these Sharks recently announced commitments to attend and play hockey at some of the top preparatory schools in the country, including The Gunnery, Loomis Chaffee, Pomfret, Northwood, Westminster, and Williston Northhampton.

The athletes who led the Sharks to their national title include Emily Bouvier (Shelton), Juliana Constantinople (East Haven), Tatum Courtmanche (Madison), Lilly D'Ancicco (Madison), Cally Dixon (Woodbridge), Kate Hagness (Guilford), Ciara Halloran (Madison), Meaghan Hogan (Cheshire), Gillian Maher (Pearl River, NY), Carina Mancini (Middlefield), Melissa Montesi (North Haven), Lauren Mullally (New Haven), Taylor Nowak (West Haven), Jessica Pitaniello (Fairfield), and Meagan Spring (North Haven). The Coaches are Karlyn Donovan (Hamden), Rachel Farrel (Cheshire) and Ed Rodham (Madison).

Pam Miller
Marketing Director

Source: Shoreline Sharks Youth Hockey
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