Archive - Apr 7, 2013 - Sports Article
SAN JOSE, CA-The Vermont Shamrocks defeated Potsdam, NY to become the USA Hockey Tier II U-16 Girls Champions on Sunday evening.
"After last night, there were two ways we could have responded," said coach Pat Burke. "Our kids were disciplined, mature and we made big plays when we needed to."
He continued, "I think the best part about this is that we are a community-based organization. We want our players to skate for their high schools and their local organizations.
"Our model is unique. The other teams are basically super-teams, with kids being plucked from their home towns.
SAN JOSE, CAâ€“It took three overtimes, but at 3:30 Eastern Standard Time, with exactly 8:02 on the clock, Cailee LaPorte's ninety foot dump in fooled the San Jose goaltender, sending the Vermont Shamrocks to the USA Hockey Tier II Girls U-16 National Championship game.
"The girls played every shift as hard as they could," said Vermont coach Pat Burke. "We got amazing goaltending from Courtney Peyko and Victoria Gibson, and in the third OT, the puck bounced out way.
"San Jose were an amazing group of athletes, by far the best team we've played all year."