USA Hockey Nationals Anaheim, CA

USA Hockey Nationals Anaheim, CA
Stinger U12

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Video posts linked on the right

Hockey Gods

Hard to keep up with the blog with all of the fun the "Invincible Girls" had in Cali.

By now the jet lag has worn off and the lacrosse sticks and softball gloves should be out. I am going to post a final time ... add some videos from the trip and start to sunset the blog.

As the last game headed into overtime and eventually a shoot out, like the Habs fans up north, the Sting faithful started to chant "Go! Sting! Go!"

The chant started quietly enough (I think Bones was the lead cheerleader) ... yet soon a combination of funky rink acoustics and the spirit of the entire group seemed to elevate the chant ... it was (to me anyway) getting louder and louder and louder ... Deb Carlin's fists were pumping high in the air on the bench. I wondered, were the players chanting too?

I was amazed at how loud our small team and small group of fans were...then I looked down and I saw that all around the rink there were kids and fans from other teams joining in. They were clapping and chanting Go! Sting! Go! as well.

There was no doubt our Cinderellas were that darlings of that Anaheim Rink Ball. Everyone (save a few Ducks fans) wanted our tired yet so determined girls to win that game.

When Lauren's shot tingled the twine and the Stingers held their sticks high in the air, I have no doubt that Don Cherry's hockey gods were smiling on our group.

Thanks to all our "followers" ... Go! Sting! Go!

Friday, April 1, 2011

STINGERS DANCE OFF THE ICE !!!

The girls who just did not want their season to end play extra time and win in a shoot out over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim ... photos and more to follow! Essex and Vermont have a lot to be proud of!

Los Angeles Dodgers to Host the Stingers!




The San Fransisco Giants will not be the only champions at the Dodgers game tonight as the LA Dodgers will be hosting the New England Champion Essex Sting. In addition to tickets to the game and a gift from he Dodgers the girls will be recognized as New England Champions on the right field scoreboard. Look for the Stingers in the upper deck behind home plate! Should be a fun event.

Stinger featured in a photos from USAhockey.com


More photos linked here.

Scores and Stats

USA Hockey scores and stats linked here.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day two update


The girls woke up, had a quick breakfast and went right to the rink for the game vs. the New England Falcons. The Falcons had a full roster of very assertive girls, but the teams were well matched. Our girls hung in and hung in but for the second game in a row a third period goal zapped the mighty 9's energy. The girls had a few chances late in the game but came up just short. They have surrendered nearly the fewest goals in the event, but two losses will make advancing unlikely.

Their small roster and high energy has the girls "the talk of the rinks" every coach has commented that he/she cannot believe how awesome our girls are. Today at the beach a parent from Massachusetts commented, "Oh...you're
that team, we heard about you...nice job."

The rest of the (90 degree and sunny) day was spent at the beach and poolside at the hotel. It is hard to imagine a group of girls could have more fun than this awesome bunch of hockey nuts.
Tomorrow the girls play the Lady Ducks, some plan to attend a Dodgers game while others are undecided about plans.

Poetry from day one

We Shine So Bright
Poetry inspired by a day one at the Nationals in California

Written collaboratively by the Essex U12 Sting

We make the sun jealous because we shine so bright
Saltwater in my mouth
Won the game but not on the scoreboard
Freezing water and huge waves
Saltwater in my mouth
A penguin with my old pink gloves
Freezing water and huge waves
Interestingly weird
A penguin with my old pink gloves
People pee in the sea!?
Interestingly weird
Ice, ocean and pizza all in one day!
People pee in the sea!?
Ice, ocean and pizza all in one day!
Can anything be better than California?
People in cars next to us just love us!
Can anything be better than California?
Won the game but not on the scoreboard
People in cars next to us just love us!
We make the sun jealous because we shine so bright

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hockey Report: Game 1

The girls were all over the ice today working hard and getting far more chances than Pittsburgh Penguins did. It was a bad bounce breakaway that resulted in a late goal for the Lady Pens and our girls were disappointed -- but the know they can compete with the best teams in the USA!

The girls are off to Huntington Beach for the afternoon and have a team dinner planned at a local Pizza Palace! Tomorrow they play The Falcons and head to Disney for teh afternoon!

Thank you to all supporters back in VT.

Check our blog for journal entries and updates and the www.essexyouthhockey.org for live game blogging.

Battle Flag Champions: Poetry inspired by a New England Championship


Battle Flag Champions
Poetry inspired by a New England championship

Written collaboratively by the Essex U12 Sting





Screaming, cheering and lots of fun
A really cool colorful hotel
So happy we won
Paid coaches with stylish boots
A really cool colorful hotel
Painting our nails
Paid coaches with stylish boots
Got a shut out in the championship game
Painting our nails
Sooo happy when we beat St. Albans
Got a shut out in the championship game
It was so surreal, It was so amazing
Sooo happy when we beat St. Albans
It was so surreal, It was so amazing
I forgot my hockey pants!
Waving the battle flag
I forgot my hockey pants!
So happy we won
Waving the battle flag
Screaming, cheering and lots of fun