I want to thank all of the teams that traveled to Columbus, IN to compete in the 8th annual Midwest Broomball Invitational. It was great to have so many returning teams and to also have two new teams (although familiar faces) Phoenix BC & Patterson Park. Our goal is to give each team an opportunity to play competitive games, every game! If you volunteered to stream a game on BBC Facebook live, thank you! Exposure is the name of the game in today’s broomball world. Also, big shout out to the refs. They officiated 23 games over the weekend…….. that’s a lot of ice time! My apologies for the few timing issues, but I think no one team gained an advantage by a timing error. My youngest son, Cameron-13, learned how to run the scoreboard Saturday morning at 7:00 AM and hung in there for the most part.
Pool Play Summary: With the exception of one game in pool play, each game was decided by 2 goals or less and there were three OT’s with two of them ending in a tie. The Corruption/Bomber match-up went into OT with Corruption scoring the game winner. Those two teams are fun to watch! Probably the best B game match-up in the U.S.A. The pool winners were Rockpile in Pool A, Patterson Park After Dark in Pool B and the Indiana Invaders in Pool C (they got the nod over Phoenix using the 4th tie-breaker).
First Round Bracket & Play-In Summary: Ice Storm & Wicked Sisters lost their play-in games and were placed in the Sunday Consolation final, which set-up the re-match from the earlier 0-0 pool play tie. Unfortunately, there were 3 mercy games in this round of play, but there was also a huge upset in the making as the much improved Nebraska squad gave the Indiana (last year’s tourney champs) all they wanted and more! Nebraska went up early in the contest 1-0 and had the Invaders where they wanted them, but Indiana was able to pull it together in the second half and erase a 2-point deficit to force OT. The experience and ball control of the Invaders was able to help them pull through with the OT win to advance to the A-bracket semi-final. In the other close quarterfinal, newcomers Phoenix BC surprised Corruption (formally known as the DC Legislators) by quickly jumping on top of them 1-0 in the opening minutes, but late in the game Corruption was able to put it away with a 3-1 victory.
Quarter Final Summary:
A-Bracket: Championship Sunday started early with a 7:30 ball drop between the Rockpile and Invaders. Most of the first half was 0-0 as the Invaders were showcasing their bread-n-butter defensive stand as Rockpile was unable to get a lot of their shots on frame or even to the frame. Late in the first half Derek Wolf’s “potentially goal saving” high stick penalty gave the Rockpile a power play, which they took advantage of and scored to go up 1-0 at half. The Invaders defense held strong in the second half and were able to put one in the net to tie it up at 1-1. What was looking like a game heading into OT, changed with 0:43 seconds to go in regulation. A shot by Matt Street went high left off the glass and Ben Eckhart knew to play the rebound and put in the game winner with a monster shot about 10 feet from the net.
The other semi-final was the re-match of the Bombers and Corruption and like their pool-play game. it did not disappoint. I could watch these two teams play all day. I was in the locker room when I heard the crowd erupt putting the Bombers up 1-0 early in the contest and by the time I left the locker room it was all tied up at 1-1. The Bombers simply controlled the pace of the game most of the second half and Corruption was able to hold them off to force OT. OT started out just like the second half with the Bombers keeping the ball on their end and taking shots that blistered the frame. After 2:30 minutes went by the fastest man on ice (along the east coast anyway) Brent Schneider, was able to dart forward and take possession of the ball and run it down to the net uncontested to advance Corruption to the championship game.
Following suit with the A-bracket semifinals, the B-bracket semifinals did not disappoint. with the Patterson Park After Dark besting last year’s B-bracket runners up Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-1. PPAD started the game on a very long penalty kill as frustration cost them three 2-minute minors. They were able to take a 2-0 lead late into the second half when U of N put one in to cut the lead in half, but PPAD was able to finish it out with a late goal to advance to the B-bracket chip!
In the other semifinal, returning B-bracket champs, Brooms of Steel were looking to get back to defend their title by taking a 2-0 lead before Phoenix BC cut the lead to 2-1. Brooms of Steel were relentless and went back up by 2 before Phoenix cut the lead to 3-2 late in the game. The Brooms of Steel were on their heels as they took a couple penalties with the game winding down, but were able to hold off Phoenix BC and advance to the final for the second straight year.
Consolation Final Summary:
The Wicked Sisters were ready to play this game as Beth Lipton scored their first goal of the tourney right out of the gate to go up 1-0 and then later Tim Pruyn scored again to make it 2-0. It seemed as if Ice Storm was done for the day as penalties and misfired shots piled up throughout the first half. Brian Fristik made it a little more interesting by cutting the lead to 2-1 with a blue-line shot in the second half. Wicked Sisters held on to the 1-goal lead with the game going into its final seconds as Ice Storm was putting on the pressure. Kevin Wisser was able to put in the game tying goal with one second left on the clock to force OT. In OT, Ice Storm was able to control the ball as Sabrina Kaminski was called for boarding (or tripping.. it happened along the boards) to force the Wicked Sisters into a penalty kill situation. It did not take long for Brian Fristik to put in the game winner for his second score of the game.
A-Bracket: For the first time in tourney history, the final was a mercy as Rockpile rolled over Corruption 6-0, with over 7-minutes left in the game, to take their third tourney championship in 8 years. Will Duasman was great in goal when his defense was not allowing players through. The offense was led by Max Warr, Matt Street, Ben Eckhart and Ryan Morris. Corruption did win the best uniform of the tourney as they were sporting their new green Corruption jerseys for the first time.
B-Bracket: Patterson Park After Dark was a little too much for the returning champs as they put in a late goal to win 3-0 over Brooms of Steel. The game was much closer than the scoreboard portrayed. I don’t recall who started off the scoring but it was a high floater that hit the top right corner of the net. Brooms of Steel had a lot of great scoring opportunities but the goalie play from PPAD was pretty solid all weekend.
We have been spoiled with 1-goal championship games the previous 3 years. In a perfect world, finals are not meant to be a mercy game and if the two top teams have a talent difference that vast, then possibly the team format is separating the field too much? Who knows? Right now it is an open entry and will stay as such but am willing to entertain ideas for teams entering “Minor” tournaments as this one has been classified by BBC. Whatever is decided, if anything, Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic tournaments will be sure to follow suit with one another.
All results are attached. Good luck next weekend in Syracuse if you are going! Big shoutout to Caitlin Carlin for photobombing both championship photos!!