Youth Hockey: Coyotes Power Through Weekend Tournaments

by Scott R Schultz

Youth Hockey: Coyotes Power Through Weekend Tournaments

The President’s Day Weekend is a very popular hockey tournament weekend, and five of the Kankakee Coyotes Youth Hockey teams participated in tournaments in the Wisconsin Dells and Holland, MI.

Three of the five Coyotes teams came away with Championship hardware after weekend play.


Here are the results:

Coyotes 8u - Wisconsin Dells Waterpark Tournament

The Coyote 8u finished in first place in the Wisconsin Dells Waterpark Tournament over President’s Day weekend.

The Coyotes beat the Arctic Jr. Fury 3-1 in game one, beat the Chicago Hawks 8-1 in game two, and lost to the Niles Rangers 2-4 in game three. The Coyotes entered the championship game as the second place seed where they faced the first placed Niles Rangers. The Coyotes came away victorious in a thrilling, come from behind, overtime 5-4 win against the Rangers.

All the kids played hard with notable achievements from Beckett Hespen who scored his first goal of the season, Nolan Andrews who had a hat trick against the Chicago Hawks and Grady Trammell who had a hat trick against the Chicago Hawks and another in the championship game against the Niles Rangers, which turned out to be the game winning overtime goal. Goalie Sophia Most made several key saves that allowed the Coyotes to make their come back charge, sending the game into overtime and come away with the victory.


Coyotes 10u Maroon - Great Lakes President’s Cup in Holland, MI

The Coyote 10u Maroon team tied the Rolling Meadows Renegade in six-team pool play with a 3-0 record, but earned the 1st place seed with a larger goal differential.

The Coyotes won their semi-final round 6 to 0 against Chicago Bruins, sending them to the championship game. The Coyotes, playing against Renegades 6 in the final, had a stellar performance and a shutout by Cooper Meredith to secure the championship hardware with a 6 to 0 victory.


Coyotes 14u - Great Lakes President’s Cup in Holland, MI

The Coyotes 14u team battled hard to win all of their pool play games to earn 1st seed for the 14u championship.

The team went 4-0 on the weekend, and finshed with a 4-3 overtime win for the championship.

The championship game was a battle that ended in a tie 3-3 that put the Coyotes into 4-on-4 sudden death OT. Colin James, Vinny Rice, Dom Rice and Roan Burke were the four on the ice for the 4X4 sudden death. Vinny had a shot on goal that was saved by the goalie and popped out. Roan Burke recovered and passed it back to Dom on Defense, giving Dom a lane for a game winning slap shot goal.


About the Coyotes.....

THE KANKAKEE COYOTES ARE A YOUTH HOCKEY CLUB LOCATED IN KANKAKEE, IL. THEY OPERATE A TRAVELING HOUSE LEAGUE AT ICE VALLEY CENTRE FOR KIDS AGED 6 TO 14 YEARS OLD. CATERING MOSTLY TO PLAYERS FROM KANKAKEE, IROQUOIS AND SOUTHERN WILL COUNTIES, THE COYOTES PROVIDE IN-DEPTH SKILL BUILDING FOR THE PLAYERS COUPLED WITH COMPETITIVE TEAM COMPETITION IN THE NORTHWEST HOCKEY LEAGUE AND VARIOUS TOURNAMENTS. THE CLUB RUNS UNDER THE USA HOCKEY ORGANIZATION, WHICH PROVIDES THEIR COACHING STAFF WITH COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING TO PROPERLY DEVELOP HOCKEY SKILLS FOR THE YOUNG PLAYERS.

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