Tahoe Grizzlies Pee Wee A hockey team wins Silver Stick regional championship
December 8, 2016
For the Tahoe Grizzlies Pee Wee A hockey team, mottos such as "Grind, Grit, Glory" and "No Mercy" adorned locker room whiteboards before each game at the 2016 Silver Stick Regional Tournament. These messages provided the backdrop and motivation for the team to win the tournament held over Thanksgiving weekend at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.
Tahoe finished undefeated in five games at the tournament played Nov. 24-27, which for many of the team members resulted in a second straight championship. The Grizzlies beat the San Francisco Sabercats 3-2 in the championship game — scoring the game-winning goal with 12.7 seconds left in regulation.
"I'm extremely proud of this team," said Grizzlies coach Mike Gunderson, a Minden resident. "They've worked hard to get this point and have really come together as a team; many have been teammates going on two years or more now. Everyone on the team contributed during the tournament; all were represented on score sheet."
The South Lake Tahoe-based team now advances to the 55th annual Silver Stick Finals held Jan. 19-22 in Port Huron, Mich.
Other Grizzlies teams played at the regional tournament, but did not advance in their respective divisions.
The Grizzlies Pee Wee A team is also currently in first place in their regular season standings with a 4-0-1 record. Visit http://www.tahoegrizzlies.com for more information on the South Tahoe Amateur Hockey Association.