Monday, November 26, 2007

Silver Stick - Pacific Regional

Well, one of the most exciting games I've ever been to was played at the Logitech Ice Center in San Jose, CA yesterday. Kyle's hockey team traveled up there to compete in the Silver Stick regional qualifier for the Pacific Division. Silver Stick is a huge tournament in North America. To read more about it you can click here:

Long story short, Kyle's team made it to the final game. The team they played won the division last year. What a nail biter. 0-0 at the end of the first. 1-1 at the end of the second. 2-1, us, with 5 minutes to go in the game. 2-2 with a minute and a half left to play. 2-2 at the end. 4 on 4 sudden death overtime for 5 minutes. 26 seconds into the overtime, Kyle's teammate scored the winning goal.

Bedlam. Kids dogpiled on the ice. Parents screaming and crying in the stands. It was the closest thing to winning an Olympic gold medal (so far) that any of us have experienced.

The reason? By winning their qualifier, Kyle's team is one of only 16 teams in all of North America to be invited to the international finals in Pelham, Ontario, Canada in January. It's quite an honor to win a Silver Stick regional.

Our flight finally got in around midnight last night, and we're all exhausted. But I certainly had to share the good news.

Silver Stick Regional Champions!

This is the photo of the team taken following the game. Note the scoreboard. Not very often you see a 4th period in hockey!