Almost all of this year's Tournament Teams are from the Dallas with the exception of the Houston Hitmen at the U16 Tier 2 Level as well as the Houston Wild Teams at the U14 & U12 Tier 2 Levels as well. Even though the state still has Dallas Dominance, all 3 of the Houston Teams performed very well during the State Tournament Playdowns, watch including a very strong series by the Houston Wild U18 where they felt they were upset by DJHA-Pfeiffer despite outshooting DJHA in all 3 games. However, after taking a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd period of Game 2.
A quick response tied at 4-4 just 35 seconds later. After that, the DJHA just keep coming and coming until a Travis Short Goal with just under 4 minutes left put them over the top to take a 5-4 lead. After that the Hitmen were devasted as DJHA took over in Game 3 controling the game from start to finish and winning in 4-1 to advance to the State Tournament.
And the Houston Hitmen fought off a pesky Aces team where they were able to get the game tied on 6 different occasions and eventually get game 1 to OT. Then in the OT, it didn't take long for the Hitmen to win the game and take the opener of the series.
In Game 2, the Hitmen were able to pull away in the 2nd period to put their series against the Texas Aces out of reach with 3 unaswered goals to put the series away and elinmate the Aces from the State Tournament Contention.
Congrats to all the teams that have advanced to the TAHA State Tournament as the quest to the USA Hockey National Championships will begin to heat up. Here's the schedule for the Tier 1 & Tier 2 National Championships that will take place from March 28 through April 1. As for the Tier 1 Teams, the winners will advance to the Rocky Mountain Regional Tournament which will take place from March 1-4 in Denver as the winners will be going up against teams from Arizona, Colorado Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Utah. The winners will advance to the Tier 1 Nationals which will be in Buffalo, N.Y. This season from March 28 through April 1.
Tier 1 Nationals (All Age Groups): Buffalo, N.Y.
U18 Tier 2: Lansing, Michigan
U16 Tier 2: Green Bay, Wisconsin
U14 Tier 2: Wayne, N.J.
U12 Tier 2: Ashburn, Virgina
Here's the formats for both Tiers this season.
- Tier 1: For the U18, U16 & U12 Tier 1 Tournaments. Since they are only 2 Tier 1 Status Teams in Texas (Dallas Stars Elites & Alliance Bulldogs) each of these events will be a Best of 3 Series with the first one to win 2 advancing to the Tier 1 Regional which will take place from March 1-4 in Denver, Colorado where they will be taking on teams from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Utah.
- Tier 2: The Tier 2 Tournament will contain 4 teams at each of the 4 Age Groups (U18, U16, U14 & U12) in a Round Robin Format that will take place at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in McKinney on Friday & Saturday. After the Round Robin wraps up on Saturday Night, the Championship Games will be taking place at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco where the State Champions will be crowned. The State Tier 2 Champions will advance to Nationals where they will be divided into different divisions depending on their overall record & seeding situations as well.
Here's the Teams that will be competing in each Age Group
Tier 1: Dallas Stars Elites, Alliance Bulldogs
U18 Tier 2: DJHA-Kowal, DJHA-Pfeiffer, Dallas Oilers, Dallas Stars Selects
U16 Tier 2: Allen Jr. Americans, DJHA, Houston Hitmen, Texas Tornado
U14 Tier 2: Alliance Bulldogs, DJHA, Houston Wild, Dallas Ice Jets
U12 Tier 2: Houston Wild, Dallas Ice Jets, McKinney Lightning, Texas Aces
Here's the Full State Tournament Schedules for each of the Age Groups.