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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: 100-0 in Texas hoops, how about 24-0 locally in youth hockey?

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

100-0 in Texas hoops, how about 24-0 locally in youth hockey?

The Covenant School in Texas has been vilified since embarrassing Dallas Academy 100-0 in a girls basketball game Jan. 13, but apparently the news didn't reach Vermont.

Friday night locally at the Clifton Park Arena the Vermont, Essex pee wee level 'B' ice hockey team did virtually the same thing, beating the Massachusetts-based Demons 'C', 24-0, in the Between the Pipes 'C' Tournament in Clifton Park.

What makes this incredible is that a 'C' level team, the third rung of talent in any USA Hockey organization lit the lamp 24 times against another team.

A lot of 'C' level hockey teams may not score 24 goals in a tournament and some not even an entire season.

The tournament includes a form of a "mercy-rule" if the games get out of hand, but that is only put into effect in the third period if a team is up by more than five goals. Essex held a 19-0 lead after the first two periods and finally slowed down in the third, scoring just five.

According to the Essex Sting web-site the 'B' team came in with a 15-6-3 record, scoring 108 goals on the year and giving up 62. Not as lopsided as one would think.

The team's leading scorer, Zach Godin, son of coach Scott Godin added to his stats, scoring five goals Friday night and handing out four assists, adding to his team-high tally of 35 goals and 17 assists. The same held true for Jake Vespa who scored five and added three assists to his season tally of 28 goals and 24 assists.

According to one tournament representative, Essex was threatened with an expulsion from the tournament outright due to sportsmanship rules. On Saturday, Essex beat Framingham C2, 3-1.

The weekend didn't get any better for the Demons, the were dropped by host Clifton Park 8-0 and Framingham C3 10-2 on Saturday, so how much can we blame on Essex?

Either way you have to feel for the Demons with two shutout white washings on the road in a tournament that costs a couple of hundred dollars to get drubbed.

What makes this situation even more sad or laughable or possibly truly embarrassing, the Essex Sting youth hockey web-site on its main page touts itself as "a founding member of the Positive Youth Sports Alliance -- Essex. EYHA parents, players and friends can use the link below to nominate any Essex coach for the PYSA Coach of the Year Award."

I don't know if Scott Godin will receive any votes from the Massachusetts ice hockey community after this weekend.

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9 Comments:

At 8:57 PM , Blogger Trez said...

Hi, I played on that Essex team and our coach wasn't very pleased with all our players, most of them didn't get the message to stop scoring, they thought that the in tournament individual goals counted as points, or the just don't know when to stop.
trezeverest@gmail.com

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger Trent said...

Oh, one last thing, Essex and Burlington, the two vermont peewee teams in the tournament, would be 'B' level in NY

 
At 11:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should get your facts straight before making accusations.

First of all, "C" level in NY is equivalent to "B" level in VT. NY=A,B,C... VT= A,AB,B... VT "B" teams and NY "C" teams play each other regularly at a competitive level. In fact, Essex had their Squirt and Bantam "B" teams at this same tournament and those teams were not faced with the same situation.

Secondly, if you performed the same investigative research on the Daemons program you would have noticed that they only offer "Learn to play" and intramural youth programs. That does not sound appropriate for the local “C” tournament. Something or someone here was obviously misrepresented.

Lastly, the other teams in this tournament including the local Clifton Park team were very competitive yielding good games. It’s unfortunate that the Essex team was met with this unusual circumstance in their first tournament game.

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger Stan Hudy said...

Regarding "checking your facts" the Essex Sting web-site only lists two teams for their pee wee levels, A and B...Fact.

I find the tone humorous in the comment that it was someone else's fault that the Deamons were playing in a 'C' level tournament.
It must be shame on them for not being able to compete in a non-existent 'D' level tournament.

I may be remiss in not clarifying that the Deamons are a fledgling program, but when did you realize that? After the first period when the Sting were up 9-0 or at the end of the second period when Essex was up 19-0?

I do appreciate comments by Trez. It takes a lot for a young person to comment on this contest and also add some clarity to the situation.

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger butt said...

Hey there buddy, i played on that essex sting team too #22. I dont care who we play or how goodd they are.I come to win so we WIN. its a competitive sport, so i play competitive, alright? i wouldnt be talking, id like to see you play.

 
At 9:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopkinton is a House team and there are tournaments for house teams. To compare us to Texas hoops is ridiculous. Unlike the Texas hoops parents we Essex parents stopped cheering after the first couple of goals when we realized what we were up against. The end result would have been A LOT worse had we really tried to score at will. You were not at the game so how would you know anyways?

 
At 1:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:16 PM , Anonymous PeteQ said...

Butt, try gaining a little humility kid. Otherwise, 10-15 years from now you will be reliving your hockey glory days, barking at your beer league teammates and they will want absolutely nothing to do with you.

We should be careful with characterizing Coach Godin. Yes, the score seems outrageous, but I have been around hockey for a long time and been on both sides of these contests. Sometimes, they are just inevitable regardless of whether a team pulls back in a mismatch. The real focus here should be on the Demon program. After all, with so much emphasis these days on winning, the fact that a team of reportedly house players has the courage to participate in tournaments with stranger travel teams is encouraging.

By the way Stan, C level teams may be the third rung of most organizations, but are not necessarily the third rung of talent. After personalities and politics play into the equation, talent sometimes has little to do with whether a player ends up on an A, B or C team.

 
At 8:16 AM , Anonymous Dave said...

Stan;
I coached competitive hockey through the 80's and 90's at the youth hockey level. I would think that the team that got walloped by the vermont boys probably should not have been invited to the tourney and secondly they should have declined.As far as running up the score it will come back to bite the Vt boys somewhere down the line. WE never humiliated another team,if the team was weak we would pass the puck a number of times and shoot only from the blue line.By the way nobody ever ran it up on my teams either.

 

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