Miles City Generals team #2 wins Montana State Peewee hockey tournament

Derrick Calhoun Staff Writer Star
Friday, March 20, 2020
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The Miles City Generals U12 Peewee hockey teams traveled to Missoula, taking place in the Montana State Peewee hockey tournament, where the two Miles City teams ended up placing first and second.

Generals team two ended up defeating team one in the championship round of the tournament.

According to team two head coach Lyle Imberi, team two came back from a 4-1 deficit going into the third period of their third and final pool play game to earn their spot in the championship game.

The championship game pitted the top-two teams from the tournaments three-game pool play against each other. Generals team one entered the championship game as the No. 1 seed and Generals team two entered as the No. 2 seed.

“The irony of the whole situation was incredible,” team one head coach Tyler Chapman said. “Neither Miles City team won a league game all season. Team one entered the tournament with a record of 0-15-1 while team two had a record of 3-12-1, with their three wins coming against team one.”

The teams also tied one of their four games.

When it comes to pool play though, season records don’t mean nearly as much as which teams are hot and clicking in the tournament, and the two Miles City teams were.

According to Chapman, the two teams were created out of the same pool of players, mixing experienced and inexperienced players together. Chapman said that doing this allowed players more playing time and allowed them to really grow throughout the season.

“The players all finished strong and improved over the season,” Chapman said. “They did a really good job this season and I am proud of all of them.”