Motown Momentum

Oct 19, 2021 | World Hockey Hub


Winners from the 2021 CCM World Invite Motown

The CCM World Invite Motown brought a remarkable amount of talent to Metro Detroit for the annual early-season tournament. Hosted by 200×85, it is one of the largest tournaments in youth hockey, with more than 300 teams competing across seven age groups. For top teams in the U.S., this event is a must for its high level of competition in the hockey hotbed known as Hockeytown.

Let’s take a look at who emerged victorious in their respective divisions, with write-ups from each of the Super Tacks divisions:

18U Super Tacks – Michigan Development Hockey League

The Michigan Development Hockey League (MDHL) representatives — a squad of high school hockey players from across the state — won the oldest age group, topping the Mt. Lebanon Hornets 2-0 in the championship game. The MDHL finished 5-1 in the tournament, and it was their second victory over the Hornets after beating them Friday evening. They dropped a 3-0 contest to the Tri-State Spartans on Saturday, but rebounded with a victory over the Pittsburgh Vengeance 5-3 and then shutouts in their semifinal (4-0 over rival Michigan Hockey Advancement) and final appearances.

16U Super Tacks – Fox Motors

Fox Motors only had to travel a few hours, driving in from Grand Rapids, Mich., for their pack of games. They thrived while staying in-state, picking up the 16U Super Tacks title. Fox dropped their opening game against the Pittsburgh Vengeance, but from there, they were nearly perfect, out-scoring the competition 18-5 in victories over the Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs (5-1), Philadelphia Hockey Club (3-2), Team Alaska (2-0), Belle Tire (3-1) and Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs again in the final (5-1).

15U Super Tacks – Phoenix Jr. Coyotes

The Phoenix Jr. Coyotes enjoyed their trip to Motown, as they head home with a big 15U tournament title. They fell to the Chicago Bulldogs 4-2 in their first game Friday afternoon, but rebounded with a 4-0 shutout win over the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies seven hours later. From there, it was a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Vengeance and a 5-2 win over the Tri-State Spartans on Saturday to head into Sunday with some momentum. In the semifinals, it was an All-Arizona battle, with the Jr. Coyotes prevailing over the Jr. Sun Devils; the Coyotes finished things off with a 2-1 win over Belle Tire in the final.

‘07 Super Tacks – Little Caesars

The ‘07 Little Caesars squad — currently ranked No. 4 among U.S. teams and No. 18 worldwide in the World Hockey Hub rankings — played to a perfect weekend, as they recorded a 6-0 record en route to a division title. In their two Friday contests, Caesars showed off the benefits of home cooking, as they posted back-to-back shutouts; 4-0 over Team Alaska and then 6-0 over the Indy Jr. Fuel. On Saturday, they took care of the CarShield Hockey Club 4-1 and in-state foe Fox Motors 5-2. After a second win over CarShield in the semifinals, Little Caesars squared off against their longtime rival in Compuware, and LC picked up a 5-1 win.

‘08 Super Tacks – HoneyBaked 

They received a wake-up call from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Jr. Knights in the opener, but from there, it was all W’s for the ‘08 HoneyBaked boys. The HB squad shook off a 5-2 loss in the opener to win five straight games, starting with a 6-0 win over the Syracuse Nationals, followed by victories over the No. 6-ranked St. Louis Jr. Blues, Chicago Reapers and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies to reach the finals. There, they posted a 3-1 win over No. 2-ranked Little Caesars, giving their LC neighbors their only loss of the tournament.

‘09 Super Tacks – Anaheim Jr. Ducks

The Anaheim Jr. Ducks — ranked No. 2 in the U.S. by WHH — enjoyed their visit to Hockeytown, as they returned home with an unblemished 6-0 record at the CCM Motown. The Jr. Ducks kept things tight, never scoring more than three goals, but allowing only more than one goal just one time all weekend. They recorded wins over Team Illinois (3-2), the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights (3-1), Little Caesars (2-1), HoneyBaked (2-1), Wilkes-Barre again (3-0) and the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (2-1). 

‘10 Super Tacks – Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Other than a 1-1 tie to Fox Motors, it was a perfect weekend for the No. 2-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins Elite group at the 2010 age group. The Pens kicked things off with a 7-1 win over Compuware, before posting an even more dominating 9-3 win over the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes in their second Friday battle. Saturday featured the aforementioned tie before a 5-1 win over Florida Alliance, setting Pittsburgh up for a semifinal 7-3 win over the Chicago Reapers and a 4-3 victory over Little Caesars in the final.

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