Protec Ducks Compete at Silverstick
Columbia, MD: Five Protec Ducks from all levels left the turkey behind early Friday morning to race down to Maryland to compete in the Silversticks regional tournament which brings in the best competition from around the region. Teams from Long Island to Virginia competed for a championship that would allow them to qualify for the Silversticks International tournament in Canada or Michigan. Two Ducks teams raised their sticks high and were crowned Silversticks regional champions.
The Peewee AA team rounded out pool play with convincing victories over Montgomery (MD), Long Island Arrows, and Harford (MD). In the semifinals, the Ducks took care of Montgomery once again 7-1 with three goals from Louis Kilpatrick and would face the Howard Huskies (MD) in the finals. The Protec Ducks were down 0-1 to Howard in the first period before Sean Fagan hit Deryk Jones with a pass on a 2-on-1 to even the game up at 1-1. The powerplay came alive as Defenseman Drew Larsen struck for 2 goals as the Ducks took a 4-2 lead that would be the final score. Coach Alvin remarked, “The boys played hard in a hostile environment and I look forward to what we can do in Michigan.”
In the same rink at the same time, the Protec Ducks Bantam AA team was playing in the Silversticks Regional championship as well. Earlier, the Ducks completed pool play against the Tri City Eagles (MD), Tomorrow’s Ice (MD), and the North Pittsburgh Wildcats. Entering the semifinals as the top seed, the Ducks had a rematch against the North Pittsburgh Wildcats and pulled away to a 6-2 victory as the line of Oscar Paradysz, Michael Agathis, and Zachary Alvin tallied 4 of the goals. In the championship game, they faced the Long Island Arrows, an opponent they know well. After a scoreless first period, the Ducks opened up the scoring thanks to Elian Estulin. The Ducks went on to roll from there with goals from Ryan Levesque and Sonny Lawson in the 3-0 victory.
Both teams will be competing in Port Huron, Michigan in January against some of the best teams in the United States and Canada. They are both slated to play teams from Ontario and Michigan. Good luck to both teams!