First Ever Buckeye Fest

Jan 18, 2021 | Craig Peterson

Girls youth hockey player from the Chicago Young Americans shoots a puck past the goaltender on a breakaway.

Premier Ice Prospects hosts brand new showcase

Over the past weekend, Premier Ice Prospects hosted its first ever PIP Showcase with the Buckeye Girls Fest at Chiller Rinks in Columbus, Ohio. The event featured 18 of the top girls’ teams in the U.S., in a round-robin format at each of the 14U, 16U and 19U age groups.

Teams from four different states met in the 14U Division. Top-ranked Chicago Mission proved their No. 1 spot on MyHockeyRankings was well deserved, going 5-0-0 during the weekend. That was no easy task going up against a pool of opponents that included No. 7 Little Caesars and No. 10 Chicago Young Americans.

No. 2-ranked Little Caesars cruised with a 5-0-0 record as well, capped off by a come-from-behind shootout win over No. 8 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. Two more top teams collided on Sunday as well, with No. 12 Chicago Mission pulling off a slight upset of No. 9 Selects Academy by way of a 4-1 final.

In the 19U Division, both No. 4 Chicago Mission and No. 14 Selects Academy headed into their final matchup of the weekend with a perfect 4-0-0 record. When the two teams collided in the finale, it was Mission narrowly escaping with a 2-1 shootout win and undefeated trip to Ohio.

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