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Sharks Eat Their Way Through the Spring 2016 Playoffs

HERNANDO, Miss.—The Family Dentistry Sharks silenced the Super Drugs Storm, 9-7, to capture the Jr. StreetKings Spring 2016 Championship.

The 2016 Spring season saw the Storm roll through it’s opponents for nearly the entire regular season. Third line M.V.P. Anthony Botti led his team to seven wins by scoring 60 points, most in the league. The Storm received an automatic bye into the championship game, awaiting the Cobras and Sharks.

For much of the regular season, the Cobras looked to be the best contenders to dethrone the Storm. After a tie in their first game, the Cobras won three games throughout the season, including a 9-4 victory over the Storm. Second line M.V.P. Samuel McLeane looked primed to keep his team in second place and rival the Storm in the playoffs.

The Sharks began the season with six new players and it showed early on. They were winless before an 11-7 win in their fifth game. The Sharks built on that momentum throughout the second half of the season, and overtook second place in the final game.

The semifinals pitted the Cobras and Sharks in a battle for who would take on the fury of the Storm. The Sharks darted out to an early lead in the first period, 3-0, and never looked back. The Cobras made it interesting in the third period; scoring four goals but were unable to get past the Sharks. Following the game, the third place trophies were presented to the Cobras and Samuel McLeane was announced as the second line Most Valuable Player.

The Sharks swam into the Championship, riding high off their win over the Cobras. Showing no fear of the regular season champions, the Sharks doubled-up on the Storm in the first period, 4-2. After seeing their deficit increase in the second to 7-3, the Storm showed why they were in the championship game. They scored four quick goals in the third period to bring the game within striking distance. There wasn’t enough time left and the clock expired on their chances to complete the comeback.

Following the championship, trophies were awarded to their respective teams, and special recognition was given to the first and third line Most Valuable Players, Noah May and Anthony Botti. New to this season, Most Improved awards were given to a deserving player from each team. Jacob Schooling of the Cobras, Mason McPherson of the Storm, and Dylan Hopkins of the Sharks took home the inaugural awards.

The Cobras and Sharks battle for the puck in the Jr. StreetKings Spring 2016 Championship Game. © Katie Callahan

The Jr. StreetKings Youth Roller Hockey Program introduces area youth and their families to the world of hockey. It develops physical skills, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and teamwork within the context of exciting recreational events.

The league is under supervision of the Mississippi RiverKings and made possible through generous sponsorships from community partners. Along with the team sponsors, Noah’s Gift is the league sponsor for the 2016 year. Noah’s Gift is an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and was created to inspire and reward deserving young people with the gift of an extraordinary experience. The Noah’s Gift Memorial 5K Run-Walk-Skate will take place on October 15, 2016. Registration is open and more information can be found at www.noahsgift.org.

Posted by Colby Dorris at 10:41 AM

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