Over 51 games were played over a 5-day period (April 26-30, 2017) by 23 AHAI Adult Teams from the following Adult Leagues as they competed for the Men’s A, B, C1, C2, C3 and Novice State Championship Titles: Mount Prospect Adult Hockey League, Fox Valley Geneva Adult Hockey League, Addison Ice Adult Hockey League, Seven Bridges Adult Hockey League, Rolling Meadows Adult Hockey League, Center Ice Adult Hockey League, Hockey North America Adult Hockey League, Johnnies Ice House Adult Hockey League, Rockford Adult Hockey League, Romeoville Adult Hockey League, Leaf Ice Adult Hockey League.
Adult Novice Division: In the Playoff game the 4th Place Cobras upset the 1st place Buffet Boys to earn a spot against the Rum Runners who prevailed against the Chicago Tops 5-4 to advance and win in the Championship Game 3-2!
Men’s C3 Division: In the Men’s C3 Playoffs the 2nd Place Aardvarks advanced against the 3rd Place Warriors in OT to face the 1st Place Armored Saints who shutout previous Novice 2016 Champion, Healthy Scratch, 3-0 in the Championship Game in which the Aardvarks won a hard-fought battle 3-1 for the State C3 Championship!
Men’s C2 Division: In the Men’s C2 Division, 5 Teams competed to reach the Championship Game…the round robin was very competitive, but 1st Place Ice Holes faced 2nd place Spotted Fox for the Championship with the Spotted Fox prevailing 4-3 in a very exciting match!
Men’s C1 Division: In the Men’s C1 Division 4 teams competed for the semifinal with 1st Place Green Berets defeating the Apex Predators in a fantastic game 5-4! The other semifinal featured Bar Down Benders vs Beer League in an excellent contest with Bar Down Benders advancing 6-5. In the Championship Tilt the Bar Down Benders faced the Green Berets; the game was competitive, but Green Berets ultimately won 6-3.
Men’s B Division: In the Men’s B Division 3rd Place Ice Age beat Rockford Redman 10-9 in a Playoff Shootout after OT for the Championship Game in which Ice Age ambushed Pucking Awesome 6-3 to earn the Men’s B Title.
Men’s A Division: In Men’s A Division 3rd Place Trigger defeated Motorheads to advance to the Title Game where the Chiefs defeated Trigger for the Men’s A Division Championship and repeat as Men’s A Champion in State.
A huge thanks to the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois for their Sponsorship, Awards and Support, Labatt Blue for Awards and sponsoring refreshments for all the Adult Players during the AHAI Adult State Championship weekend. The AHAI Adult Committee also would like to extend its appreciation to Allegra Marketing for Professional and Promotional Materials, Seven Bridges Ice Arena for their hardworking and dedicated Staff led by Stephanie and for the use of their facilities. The Adult State Tournament Committee would also be remiss without expressing our heartfelt gratitude to IHOA and their Referees for their exceptional officiating skills all weekend long
Finally, the AHAI Adult Committee extends the biggest “thank you” to the AHAI Adult State Tournament Chairman, Robert Fiorio, who was almost exclusively responsible for the countless hours and great effort spent making sure every detail was perfect.
Congratulations 2017 Adult State Tournament Champions!
Categories: Adult Hockey