US Indoor Hockey Shows Positive Results at Big Apple

Feb. 19, 2014, 10:42 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- The competition in all divisions of the Big Apple International Indoor Championship this past weekend once again proved strong and showcased elite men’s and women’s teams from the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. men and U19 women both fell in their first crossover match while the U.S. women took home the trophy with a decisive 8-1 victory over Canadian team A & C Academy Sunday evening in the women’s division. U.S. squad member Susan Ciufo tied for top goal scorer with 12 field goals and 1 penalty corner tally and her teammate Erin Matson was named player of the tournament for the division.

"The Big Apple International Indoor Tournament was again run in top form, giving our team another quality event to prepare for the upcoming Pan Am Cup,” said women’s Coach Denise Zelenak. “We not only built on our teams’ systems and skills, we also tested our physical and mental focus under a very intense format, playing six matches in two days with the semi-finals and finals scheduled back to back. The team played very well and finished strong on Sunday, ultimately winning the tournament."

On the men’s side, four of the nine teams came from Canada and three of those made the semi-finals. In the final match, a tight schedule and a small squad affected the Calgary Maroons who traveled from the far west. After playing four games on Sunday with just one extra player, the squad had no legs left to compete with the Lions, who also had to play four games on Sunday, but had the advantage of having a full second line.

“This weekend was a good test for the guys,” said Men’s Coach Andrew Thornton. “The Canadian teams were very competitive and full of current and former international players. Our two group game losses were against the eventual finalists falling 4-2 and 8-6.  We then won the next two games and qualified for the quarterfinals. We played a good quarterfinal game but ran out of legs and fell 5-3. I am pleased with the progress the guys made over the weekend. We are looking forward to the Canadian series in March.”

Zelenak and Thornton are now one step closer to selecting the teams that will compete in the Pan American Indoor Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay April 2014. The event serves as the qualifier for the next Indoor World Cup. Both squads will also travel to Canada in March to prepare for the PanAm event. 

The U.S. U19 women’s team competed fiercely in the collegiate division against several NCAA Division I teams from the East Coast. 

“I am very proud of the level of performance from the U.S. U19 athletes at the Big Apple International Indoor Tournament this past weekend,” said Junior Women’s Coach Rennie Milne. “It was great to get the players competing as a squad for the first time this season since the U19 Indoor Pan Am Cup planned for December 2013 was cancelled. The U19's performed well above expectations and only fell short of making the final by one game. I am looking forward to working with this group of athletes in the future.”

The Women’s squad is holding open tryouts March 15 and 29.  For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. Men’s Indoor Big Apple Squad

Ajai Dhadwhal (Agoura Hills, CA), William Holt (Camarillo, CA), JaJa Kentwell (Spring City, PA), Jesse Larson (College Park, MD), Chris Pothier (Marlborough, MA), Nicholas Richardson (Kents Hills, MA), Sebastian Scheurer (Greenwich, CT), Trevor Shattuck (Lutherville, MD)

U.S. Women’s Indoor Big Apple Squad

Susan Ciufo (Bangor, PA), Ashley Dalisera (Millersville, MD), Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, PA), Lauren Hibshman (Allentown, PA), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, PA), Maria Keesling (Downingtown, PA), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, PA), Rachael Milne (Hatfield, PA), Maddy Sposito (Ridgefield, CT), Kimberly Tunell (Wilmington, DD), Mallory Weisen (Lock Haven, PA)  

U.S. U19 Women’s Indoor Big Apple Squad

Emily Braunewell (Ambler, PA), Maeve Doherty (Millersville, MD), Megan DuVernois (Collegeville, PA), Selena Garzio (McAdoo, PA), Caroline Hanks (Niskayuna, NY), Alexa Hoover (Collegeville, PA), Elizabeth Mata (Severna Park, MD), Lauren Moyer (York, PA), Meredith Sholder (Fleetwood, PA), Cassie Sumfest (Lewisburg, PA), Angela Virtu (Blue Bell, PA), Rebecca Zamojcin (Phoenixville, PA)