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USA Hockey 2018 High School Hockey National Championships
March 22nd-26th
A collection of Championship teams from all over the country converge in Plymouth, MN to compete for the High School National Championship.
The tournament is held in the Plymouth Ice Center; a three sheet facility that boasts sixteen locker rooms, meeting rooms and concession area. It is a
 collaborative public-private endeavor  between the Wayzata School District, Providence Academy, Life Time Fitness and the State of Minnesota.
 

2018 USA Hockey Division II Participants
Tournament teams are divided into two different classifications. Division I or Pure Teams are teams drawing from one specific school district.
Division II or Combined/Blended Teams are organizations that will draw players from multiple school districts or surrounding towns.
As both Midwest League regular season and post season Champions, the Metros arrive ready to represent the state of Iowa.

                                                                 Kings Park/Commack Kingsmen (New York)                Plano West Wolves (Texas)
                                                                 St John Bosco Braves (California)                                  Newark Generals (Ohio)
                                                                 Greenville G-Force (South Carolina)                              Billings Bulls (Montana)
                                                                 Las Vegas Golden Knights (Nevada)                             Monarch Coyotes (Colorado)                
                                                                 Gillette Wild (Wyoming)                                                Sioux City Metros (Iowa)
                                                                 Wichita Jr. Thunder (Kansas)                                         Manatee Admirals (Florida)

 

5 - Metros vs. Manatee Admirals (Florida) -3
Game One / March 22nd
The Metros open the tournament with an early morning start on rink B, against the Manatee Admirals. The Admirals strike first
mid-period, when Peter Morgan gets the first goal of the game. Metros Drake Beller would answer back minutes later on a
feed from James Page. The first period ends tied at one a piece.

In the second, again it's the Admirals who strike first early in the period. It takes the Metros a while, but with just under four
 minutes in the period, Drake Beller strikes again on another assist from James Page and again, game is tied. With two minutes
remaining, brother Max Beller lights the lamp giving the Metros the lead after two periods.

Sioux City would score two more times in the third on twine-ticklers from Cale Bricker and this time its James Page scoring
with the helper from Drake Beller.  Manatee slips a third goal past Blake Beller, bolstering their spirits; but they can't get
anything going and the Metros win the opener 5-3. James Page and Drake Beller each record three points and Blake Beller
turns away 24 Manatee shots.


Manatee Admirals
Who They Are: Manatee Admirals (Division 2-Combined) Located in Florida, Manatee county is just south of Tampa Bay.
The Admirals draw from players located inside this county that boasts a population of over 350,000 residents. They are
members of the Lightning High School Hockey League located in the Tampa Bay area. The league is a  division of the
Statewide Armature Hockey of  Florida (SAHOF) Association.

How Did They Get There: They would win their chance to advance to the USA Hockey National Tournament with a 4-1
 win over the Miami-Dade Alliance. Along the way, Manatee out-scored their opponents 39-7 handing out a pair of double-
digit beatings and two blankings on the way to their State Championship victory. Admirals' Peter Morgan would lead the
tournament scoring 18 goals and 22 points and Goaltender Tyler Moschella recorded a pair of shut-outs and a
State Tournament record setting .43 (GAA) goals against average over the five game tournament.

How'd They Do: They would grab just a single win this weekend, defeating the Newark Generals 5-3. However, 6-1
and 5-3 losses to the Colorado Monarch and eventual National Champions the Sioux City Metros, end the Admirals
hopes for a tournament championship.



1-Metros vs. Monarch Coyotes (Colorado)-8
Game Two / March 23rd
On a full days rest, the Metros prepare to take on one of the pool's favorites, the Monarch Coyotes from Colorado. Both teams
are fresh off opening day wins; the Coyotes beating the Newark Ohio Generals 7-1 and the Metros win over the Admirals.
 
Just over two minutes into the game Colorado scores first, but the Metros answer quickly on a goal from James Page.
 With the game tied, the Coyotes begin to intimidate the Metros; unleashing their huge in stature and well experience line-up.
 Colorado takes four penalties and still manage to score two more goals in the first period for a 3-1 lead.

 After that, it's all Colorado. Sioux City takes three penalties in the second period and the Coyotes answer with two regular
strength goals, a power play and a shortie, giving them a 7-1 lead after two.

Colorado takes their foot off the gas in the third, as the worn out Metros can't can't seem to mount any type of response.
The Coyotes score just one time in the third, giving the Metros their first lose and a discouraging 1-1 record


Monarch Coyotes

Who They Are: BHC (Boulder Hockey Club) Monarch Coyotes (Division 2-Combined) Based out of Louisville, Colorado
located just north of Denver they draw players from the Boulder area boasting a population of nearly 400,000. They are members
of the Foothills Conference; a division of the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA). .

How They Got There: The Coyotes would make the State Tournament's final four, but the tournament favorite is knocked-out by
eventual State Champions Valor Christian. Coyote Forwards Leo Felt, Connor Akerson and goaltender Reese Kelly all selections
to the Foothills Conference's First Team. Felt and Akerson are State wide Honorable Mentions, as is Defenseman Yunta Young.

How'd They Do: Monarch entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win and they lived up to the billing. Out scoring
their first three opponents, Newark, Sioux City & Manatee 21-3. The tournament looked to be a lock for the players from
the Rocky Mountain State. However, in Sundays' double header,  the two teams  from South Carolina and California
made them work a little harder for those final two wins getting to the championship game.

Max Beller                                                             Kolton Kane
 

Walter Werden                                                             Kolton Kane
 

Alec Neiman                                                                 Taylor Frerichs
 

  3-Metros vs. Newark Generals (Ohio) -1
Game Three / March 24th
Day three pits the Metros against the Newark Generals. The Generals have had a rough start thus far; taking an opening game
beating by the Monarch Coyotes 7-1 and losing a thriller to the Manatee Admirals 5-3. Both teams enter the game facing
tournament elimination. It will be the first of many must-win situations for the Metros

The game stays deadlocked until mid-period when the Generals get on the board first. However, on the very next play
 Chase Lewison finds the back of the net, tieing the game and swinging the momentum Sioux City's way.

The second period is another a physical one with both teams seeing significant time in the box. This is the perfect atmosphere
for grinder Chase Lewison and he scores again, on assists from James Page and Reece McDonald.

The Metros ratchet-up the contact drawing five penalties in the third. The game remains tied until four minutes in to the third
period, it's Chase Lewison again, finding the net on a feed from Max Beller.

The penalties continue to mount throughout the third, but Sioux City remains perfect on the penalty kill, denying the
Generals on every power play opportunity. By the time the final horn sounds; Chase Lewison has a Hat Trick, the
Metros have an important win and most importantly...Blake Beller is back!!!

 

Newark Generals
Who They Are:
Newark Generals (Division 2-Combined)  Members of the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League (OSHL)
six-team division is populated with teams in and surrounding the Columbus, Ohio area. This area is the state's third most
populated metro region with nearly 2 million residents. They are a division of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

How They Got There: The Generals played  38 game regular season games in addition to six more in the statewide
CBJ Tournament and five for in the Buckeye Cup State Tournament. They would finish first in their six-team division
with 20  wins, a single loss and three ties. Thirteen points ahead of the league's runner-up.

How'd They Do: The Generals started the tournament out on a bad foot when they take a beating from one of the pool's
favorites, the Monarch Coyotes in a 7-1 loss. They played the Florida Admirals close, but fell short in a second 5-3 loss.
Game three was more of the same, giving up three goals and only solving Sioux City net minder Blake Beller once,
 they head back to Ohio winless.


Chase Lewison                                                                 Grant Newman
 
Left: Chase Lewison scores all three Metros goals in this win over the entry from Ohio. He ties the game in the first on
an unassisted goal at 10:30. He get the game winner in the second period with assists from James Page and Reece McDonald.
Chase's third goal comes from a  feed from Metros leading scorer Blake Beller. Right: Grant Newman leads the defensive
corps in this third round victory limiting the Generals to just a single goal in the first period.

Max Beller                                                                      Easton Ransford
 
Left: Junior Max Beller played a big part in the Metros successful defensive corps known for limiting the number of shots making
it to the net. Max would play the role as the Team's Heavy Hitter leading the Metros in penalties during the regular season. He is also
a hitter who can monitor his minutes in the box  well, and during tournament time played his usual physical game but limited his time
in the box to just a single minor over the six tournament games. Right: Freshman Easton Ransford's goal, to just crack the varsity
 line-up, was far surpassed when he ended-up becoming a varsity regular, playing in all 28 games, three MHSHL Championship games
and five of six games played in the USA Hockey National Championship tournament

Cale Bricker                                                                    Max Beller
   

 

 

Chase Lewison                                                           Grant Newman
   

 

 5-Metros vs. Billings Bulls (Montana)-1
Game Four / March 25th
As the tournament builds, the games all become must-win situations, as any loss sends the loser packing. Today's Double
 Header puts the Metros up against the Billings Bulls; fresh off a perfect season; winning both the regular season and Montana
State Championship. They out scored their opponents 218 to 21 during the regular season and played a goalie who gave up
 less than a goal per game. The Bulls are also one of the leaders in pool play, having beat Wichita 7-3, Greenville 4-3
and Las Vegas 9-1. 

Sioux City breaks their streak of giving up the first goal of the game, when Chase Lewison continues his scoring blitz, capitalizing
on a Bulls penalty and giving the Metros the lead. The second period is a back and forth affair with neither team finding the net.

However, just a 1:29 into the third period, Connor Sand scores, giving the Metros the lead and the momentum. Six minutes
later James Page lights the lamp and the Metros are up 3-1. The Bulls are down, but not out - until Grant Newman and
Taylor Frerichs put the remaining nails in the Bulls coffin. Billings slips one past Blake Beller with less than two minutes left,
ruining the shut-out but giving the Metros another win over a favored team.

 

Billings Bulls
Who They Are:
Billings Bulls (Division 2-Combined) Members of the Montana Armature Hockey Association (MAHA)
The Bulls draw players from the greater Billings metro area representing a population of 170,000 people.

How they Got There: The Billings Bulls would cap-off a dominant high school hockey season finishing the season with
a 25-0 record against their instate rivals. They out-score their opponents 218-21; they place seven players among the
league's top ten scores, six of them average over two points per game and both goalies surrender less than a goal a
game. They would make quick work of the State Tournament competition winning all three games and advancing to
the National Tournament.

 How'd They Do: Billings would start the tournament with a 7-3 win over the entry from Kansas, the Wichita Jr. Thunder.
Game two was another victory for the Bulls, beating the Greenville, South Carolina team 4-3. Saturday the Bulls took on the
Las Vegas Jr. Golden Knights; lighting the lamp repeatedly in a 9-1 win. Entering their next game against the underdog
Metros...they like their chances

Walter Werden     Easton Ransford     Drake Beller     Blake Beller    Grant Newman
One thing is for sure on this Metros team - there was always help in front of the net. Scores and grinders alike all made it back
to lend to the defense a helping hand. In the form of thoroughly covered attackers  multiple blocked shots putting shots on goals
was a chore for most opponents. If and when those shots got through, the Midwest League's best goaltender was able to stop
all but a few of them.

Did You Know...By the time the National Championship Tournament wrapped-up, Blake Beller has posted a total season
record of 33 wins and only 4 losses.

Chase Lewison                                                          Connor Sand
 
Left: Chase Lewison continues his scoring streak, fresh off a prior game hat trick, he gets the Metros on the board first, scoring at
10:24 of the first period on a pair of assists from Reece McDonald and Grant Newman. Right: Connor Sand records the game winner;
 this third period shot that gets past goaltender Cole Curry and puts the Metros ahead 2-0.

Blake Beller                                                               Kolton Kane
 
Left: Blake Beller plays perfect hockey stopping almost every Billings shot on goal and successfully turning back six for their power
play opportunities. With just a minute and a half remaining in the game, the Bulls slip one passed Blake ruining his bid for his first
tournament shut-out. Right: Kolton Kane picks up an assist on the the Metros third goal of the game, putting them ahead 3-0.

Cale Bricker       Tyler Ownby                                             Drake Beller                   
 
Left: Cale Bricker and Tyler Ownby move up ice with a Billings defender close on their heels. Tyler would grab an assist on
 the final Metros goal by Taylor Frerichs. Right: Drake Beller brings the puck into the Bulls attacking zone.


                  James Page                                             Kolton Kane   James Page   Alec Neiman
 
Left: James Page beats a pair of defenders, shoots and scores on Billings goaltender Cole Curry. The goal puts the Metros on
top with just a half of period  remaining. Right: Kolton Kane picks-up the assist and he, James and Alec Neiman celebrate
a 3-0 Metros lead.

Grant Newman                                                                Taylor Frerichs
   
While a 3-0 lead is not insurmountable, the Bulls remain hopeful, until at the ten minute mark when sophomore Taylor Frerichs
scores and dampens any hopes of a Bulls rally. Thirty-nine seconds later, Grant Newman hammers the puck in the net and the
final nail in the Bulls coffin. The Metros win 5-1, defeat another favored team and stay alive to play again.

 

 

2-Metros vs. Plano - West  Wolves (Texas) -1
Game Five / March 25th
Sunday's second game of the day sees the Metros enter the contest as underdogs again; facing one of the best teams
in Texas and another undefeated team in pool play. So far, the Wolves have dispatched the Omaha Lancer 4-2,
Kings Park/Commack 2-1, St John Bosco Braves 3-2  and the Gillette Wild 6-0. 

However, as the puck drops, the high scoring Wolves find themselves locked in a defensive battle with a Metros team
with a well equipped defensive and goaltending corps. James Page scores in the first period, with helpers from Alec Neiman
and Kolton Kane.  The Wolves post a retaliatory goal later in the period and the first period ends tied at one a piece.

After that, no one can find the back of the net as Montana & Iowa's best two goaltenders go toe-to-toe and after three
periods the game remains tied.

The additional period stay scoreless until 11:04 into overtime when Alec Neiman keeps the Metros alive; beating the Plano
goalie and sending the Metros to the National Championship game.

 

Plano - West Wolves

Who They Are: Plano West Wolves are Members of the Texas Armature Hockey Association High School Blended
Division. Located in northern Texas, Plano West is a hockey club drawing from the greater Plano area, measuring
 some 300,000 plus residents.

How they Got There: The Texas State Tournament is a round robin format of the state's remaining best four teams.
Plano west earns wins in all three games games beating McKinney, Frisco and Keller hockey clubs. They defeat The Frisco
 Hockey Association 2-1 in the State Championship game and advance to the National Championship tournament.

How'd They Do: The Wolves are another team that starts the tournament with regular wins, but  who's hopes are
dashed by the eventual tournament champs. Representing the state of Nebraska, the Omaha Lancers are no match for the
Wolves and fall 4-2. The team from New York, Kings Park plays them a bit closer but the Texans come out on top again 2-1.
St. John Bosco is next on the schedule, this game takes extra time, but the results are the same, a Plano West victory.
Sunday's double header starts off easy with the Wolves scoring at will and beating the Gillette (Wyoming) Wild 6-0.
However, it is the Sioux City Metros playing the role as spoiler again, when the Metros score in overtime and send the
Wolves home with their tail between their legs.

James Page  Alec Nieman  Kolton Kane   Drake Beller                         James Page      Kolton Kane             
 
Left: James Page puts Sioux City on the board with assists from Alec Neiman and Kolton Kane. Plano will answer back six minutes
later, but after that, its all up to the goalies. The games remained tied after thee periods. Right: James Page and Kolton Kane battle
Plano-West for puck. The game goes back and forth with shots from both teams but none solving either goaltender.

 

Alec Neiman
...scores the OT Winner

Just minutes into overtime, Kolton Kane tips a Drake Beller shot right to a waiting Alec Neiman, who finds the net and
sends the Metros to the Championship

 

 

Max Beller

 
3-Metros vs. Monarch  Coyotes (Colorado) -2

Championship / March 25th
Monday morning's USA National Championship game pits the Monarch Coyotes against the Sioux City Metros. The Coyotes
enter the championship game having gone undefeated in pool play; defeating Newark, Manatee, Greenville, St John
Bosco and these same Sioux City Metros; along the way they out scored their opponents 3:1.
                                    
Sioux City enters the game having defeated  Manatee, Newark, Billings and Plano West; their only lose was a crushing
8-1 defeat to these Coyotes. Sioux City enters another game as the underdog and this time as a dog with little chance at all.
The first period sees the Coyotes continue  their domination over the Metros, scoring twice in the first six minutes and
 stifling the Metros attack. The game looks to be another route by the Lone Star Staters. 

However with four and a half minutes left in the first period, Chase Lewison grabs the puck off a Monarch forward and slides
to over to Reece McDonald. His shot beats the Monarch goalie, putting the Metros back in the game and scoring the goal
that would later be credited as turning the tide of the game.

The Metros find themselves locked in another well prepared for defensive battle. With just under a minute  and a half remaining
in the scoreless second  period, James Page lights the lamp, giving the Metros the lead and putting the Coyotes on their heels for
the first time all weekend.

Early in the third, James Page bumps a pass of the boards to a waiting Drake Beller and it's off to the races, Drake beats two
Monarch defenders, cuts across the slot and launches a wrister that whizzes past the Monarch net minder for the
 eventual 2018 National Championship game winning goal.

Chase Lewison                                                                Walter Werden  
 
Left:  When Chase Lewison steals the puck off a breaking Monarch forward it is the beginning of the end for the heavily favored
favored Monarch Coyotes. Right: Walt Werden keeps a close eye on one of the Monarch's high scorers, Oliver Diasabey.
The Metrso "D" stellar, limiting the high scoring Coyotes to just two goals & shutting them out for nearly forty-five minutes straight.

Blake Beller
 
Entering today's the championship game, The Metros and Blake Beller both have the specter of the tournament 's second game hanging
 over them; an 8-1 beating by these same Monarch Coyotes. Even though the Metros rebounded and won three straight games, they
enter the game as underdogs again, and few observers give them any chance in this rematch.  However, with a team loaded with
character, players who score at the right time and a championship caliber net minder, the Metros know they have a chance.

 
It takes Blake and the Metros six minutes to adjust and catch-up to the Colorado attack. Unfortunately, by then the Metros are
two goals down; the first goal, a high snapper that beats Blake on the glove side. The second is a front-of-the-net scramble that
slips into the net on his stick side. However, from then on...these are Blake's the only two mistakes; he plays perfect hockey
the next forty-five minutes straight, shutting down three Colorado power plays and stopping twenty-seven shots on goal.

Chase Lewison
 
Sets-up the Metros First Goal...
 
 With four and half minutes remaining in the first period, the Metros find themselves still down by two goals. Another commanding
 victory by the Coyotes looks to be inevitable, however, when Chase Lewison steals the puck from a breaking Monarch forward,
the tide is about to turn. Waiting at the blue line for his partners Connor Sand and Reece McDonald to tag-up, he brings the puck
in the zone. Both defenders elect to play the body, but Chase is able to slide the puck past the two collapsing defenders over to a
wide open Reece McDonald and a trailing Connor Sand

Reece McDonald
...Turns the Tide
 
After a quick tag at the line, Reece already has a full head of steam; he takes the pass and is streaking to the net, however, he
too has a pair of  Colorado defenders to beat and that he does. Neither can can get close enough to deter his shot and his wrister
beats the Colorado goaltender on the stick side and the Metros are on the board. While this isn't the game winning goal, it's the
goal that changed the whole momentum of the game and from this point on...it's all Sioux City.

Connor Sand                                                             James Page
 
Left: Connor Sand works the puck out from behind the Colorado net. Sioux City's first goal is a huge; cutting the Monarch lead in
half and changing the games momentum for good. Connor and Chase Lewison would assist on the Metros first goal, when Reece
McDonald beats the Colorado goaltender on the stick side. Right: James Page gets a first period shot on Colorado goaltender
 Reese Kelly but is stopped...this time. James will eventually foil the seemingly  unbeatable goaltender when with a minute and a half
remaining in the second period he ties the game at two goals apiece.

Grant Newman
 
The Metros third pillar of success was their defense. Lead all season by Seniors Grant Newman, Walter Werden and
Christian Petersen; there seemed to be no offence they couldn't adjust to and eventually naturalize. Grant Newman is shown here
successfully blocking a Coyotes centering pass and denying the opposition a shot on goal. Throughout the season, the Metros,
both forwards and defense blocked potential scoring opportunities on a regular basis.

Tyler Ownby                                                              Cale Bricker
 
Freshman Tyler Ownby wins this draw against Monarch Mitchell Ganem and sophomore Cale Bricker looks to beat James Scatena
 into the attacking zone. Both youngsters saw significant time in this National Tournament with both players suiting-up for five of the six
games including the championship game. 

James Page
Scores the equalizer!!!
    
Left: James Page scores with a minute and a half remaining in the second period with what is described as the USA Hockey
Announcers as "... second effort, third Effort, fourth effort" when he out-muscles four Monarch players, finally beating Monarch
goalie Reece Kelly and tieing the game at two goals apiece. Right: Drake Beller and Kolton Kane collect assists on this goal
 that gives spark the Metros eventual victory and National Championship.

Drake Beller
...with the Winner
 
Right: With two and a half minutes into the third period, James Page bumps a pass from to corner along the board to a waiting
Drake Beller where he grabs the biscuit and is off to the races. He splits the defense between the red and blue line, then cuts
across the high slot, essentially splitting them a second time. His wrist shot finds the net, beating the Monarch goalie on the stick
side. Right: James Page, Grant Newman, and Kolton Kane help Drake Beller celebrate the eventual game and National
Championship winner.
 


Click above to see the Championship Game highlights as well as hear the Voice of the Metros call the last goal and the final seconds countdown

Metros - Sioux City, IA
 
Who They Are:
The Metros are members of the twelve team Midwest High School Hockey League. The League features
 combined high school teams teams from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri. Located in Sioux City, Iowa. The Metros draw from a
 surrounding area of approximately 85,000 residents.

How they Got There: The Metros would dominate the Midwest League this season posting a 25-3 record and capturing
the League's regular season championship. The Metros would enter the League/State Tournament, eventually defeating high
school teams from Waterloo, Des Moines and Mason City winning their seventh League/State Championship.

How'd They Do: The Tournament combined high school division was divided into two pools with the Metros drawing
entry to the second pool. They are considered the long shot team in their pool. The Metros start out with a victory over
 Manatee Florida Admirals. The following day the Metros, take a severe beating form the Monarch Colorado Coyotes.
However, the Metros are able to rebound with wins against the Newark Generals, Plano Wolves and the Billings Bulls
sending them to the National Championship game

 

 

 

 

Grant Newman  Blake Beller  James Page  Connor Sand                                    2018 National Champions                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

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