PLYMOUTH, Minn. — The Chipotle-USA Hockey 2018 High School National Championships concluded today with Minnesota Premier Prep Green (Girls), the Sioux City Metros (Division II; teams comprised of players from multiple high schools) and Santa Margarita High School (Division I; single-school teams) winning national championships.
Minnesota Premier Prep Green, powered by two goals and an assist from tournament top-scorer Ali Beltz (New Ulm, Minnesota), defeated Minnesota Premier Prep Black 3-1 to claim the inaugural Girls Division title at USA Hockey’s High School National Championships.
The Sioux City Metros rallied from a 2-0 deficit to top BHC Monarch of Colorado by a 3-2 score in the Division II title game. Drake Beller (Sioux City, Iowa) scored a third-period goal, his third goal of the tournament, and goaltender Blake Beller (Sioux City, Iowa) made 27 saves to clinch the championship for Sioux City in Dave Legree’s final season as Metros head coach.
An overtime goal at 2:07 of the extra session from Leevi Selanne (Los Angeles, California), son of Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, lifted Santa Margarita High School to the Division I national championship with a 3-2 win over Regis Jesuit High School (Colorado). Trailing 2-1 in the final moments of regulation, Santa Margarita evened the score with a mere two seconds remaining on a goal from Joseph Felicicchia (Los Angeles, California).
The 2018 Chipotle-USA Hockey Nationals will continue April 5 with competition in the youth, girls and women’s classifications. As part of USA Hockey Nationals, some 4,000 players aim for American hockey top honors in the sled, youth, girls, high school, adult and women’s levels at 13 host sites across the United States through late April.
USA Hockey, in conjunction with HockeyTV, will stream all the action online. Games are available live and on-demand by visiting USAHockey.HockeyTV.com, creating an account and purchasing a subscription.
Also of note for tournament coverage is the USA Hockey National Championships app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app provides access to news, scores and schedules, as well as photos and videos from fellow participants in the app social stream.
In addition to streaming and mobile coverage, USA Hockey will provide stories, scoring, stats, standings and photos from each of the games on Nationals.USAHockey.com. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter (@USAHockey), Facebook (facebook.com/USAHockey) and Instagram (@usahockey) with the #USAHNationals hashtag.
Notes: The 2018 USA Hockey Adult National Championships, sponsored by Labatt Blue, begin in late April for men and women. A USA Hockey Adult Hockey app, powered by Labatt Blue, is available for download on Apple and Android devices, providing news, scores and schedules, as well as photos and videos from fellow participants in the app social stream.
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2018 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships
March 22-March 26 High School Plymouth, Minnesota
April 5-10 Youth Tier I 14U Charlotte, North Carolina
April 5-10 Youth Tier I 15-Only Plymouth, Michigan
April 5-10 Youth Tier I 16U, 18U
April 5-9 Girls Tier I Marlborough, Massachusetts
April 5-8 Women’s B and C Bedford, Massachusetts
April 5-9 Girls Tier II Marlborough, Massachusetts
April 5-9 Youth Tier II 14U Amherst, New York
April 5-9 Youth Tier II 16U Wayne, New Jersey
April 5-9 Youth Tier II 18U Green Bay, Wisconsin
April 12-15 Sled West Dundee, Illinois
2018 USA Hockey Adult National Championships, Sponsored by Labatt Blue
Date Classification Host Site
April 19-22 Adult Men* Wesley Chapel, Florida
April 26-29 Adult Women* Ellenton, Florida
* No streaming available