The Burlington Barracudas had a fantastic weekend at the Stoney Creek University Showcase this past weekend, September 13-15, 2019.
The Showcase was made up of the best Intermediate AA girls hockey teams in North America with a total of 64 teams in 8 divisions of 8 teams. Teams this year came from places such as the PWHL (the Ontario Womens Hockey League), British Columbia, Quebec, Buffalo, Rochester, Connecticut, St. Louis, Boston, Detroit, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Alberta, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Milwaukee, Dallas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Washington.
To qualify for the medal rounds, (Gold, Silver and Bronze rounds) each team played a round robin of 4 games against selected teams within their division. The teams in each division were then ranked 1st to 8th. All 1st place teams proceeded to the Gold round and played through a quarter-final, a semi-final and then a Gold Medal game. The Silver round was made up of the 4 top 2nd place teams and the Bronze round was made up of the 5th to 8th 2nd placed teams. Both the Silver and Bronze rounds played a semi-final and then went on to play the Silver Medal or the Bronze Medal Championship game.
The Barracudas were placed in the Jenner Division and played against the New Jersey Colonials and Boston Jr. Eagles on Friday, and then played against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers and Meijer Elite (Detroit) on Saturday.
The Barracudas went through the round robin without a loss and a record of 3 wins and one overtime tie. As a result the Barracudas earned a 2nd place finish in their division and a 5th place ranking among the second placed teams. This was good for 13th place overall and a birth to the Bronze Championship round. In addition the Barracudas scored 13 goals in the round robin with only one goal scored against them. This record included 3 impressive shutout games.
Unfortunately the Barracudas did not have their full roster participating in the Showcase as both Leah MacSween and Kate Lengyel were injured at the NAHA Labour Day Tournament. However, to support the team on defence, Julia Stephen from the Burlington Bantam AA team was called up for the duration of the Showcase.