Mites team 2nd in nationals




Winning silver medals at the national tournament were (front row, left to right) Nicholas Kurtiak, (second row) Crosby Wildfong, Cooper Faler, Nathan Polehna, Anthony Worley, Conner Beckwith, Cooper Gerhardt, (third row) Carson Lynch, Westin Reinig, Mason Czarnecki, Mathieu Tremblay, Gage Falk, Garrett Carvounis, and (fourth row) coach Ryan Gerhardt, coach Dave Beckwith, coach Tom Carvounis and coach Dennis Polehna.

Winning silver medals at the national tournament were (front row, left to right) Nicholas Kurtiak, (second row) Crosby Wildfong, Cooper Faler, Nathan Polehna, Anthony Worley, Conner Beckwith, Cooper Gerhardt, (third row) Carson Lynch, Westin Reinig, Mason Czarnecki, Mathieu Tremblay, Gage Falk, Garrett Carvounis, and (fourth row) coach Ryan Gerhardt, coach Dave Beckwith, coach Tom Carvounis and coach Dennis Polehna.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vehicle City Ice Hogs, a Mite AA hockey team playing out of Iceland Arenas, finished second in the AAU National Championships March 6-9 in suburban Minneapolis.

The Ice Hogs went 2-2-1 against teams from Connecticut, California, Minnesota and Michigan. That put them in the semifinals, where they beat a Minnesota team, 5-2. In the final, they lost to a Michigan team, the DSC Revolution, 5-1. Their only other loss of the tournament was also to the Revolution, 1-0.

The Vehicle City team includes players from Grand Blanc, Swartz Creek, Davison, Flushing and Otisville, all of whom were born in 2005.

They finished their season 28-8-3 overall, winning league and playoff titles. – D.N.


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