Originally Posted by fansince67
Are you going to be there?
The tourney kicked off this afternoon, but I won't be there until Wednesday. There are two morning games that I want to see that are back-to-back. The first is the Michigan 60's (Red Berenson's team) around 9:15am. Then the SoCal Golden Bears are playing the Senior Sharks after them around 10:45-11:00am. Later on in the day, the Michigan 50's team play. They go on around 2pm. After the tourney ceremony in the early evening, all the UN teams are playing back-to-back-to-back. The 40s team kicks things off first at 7:30.
BTW, I'm doing coverage of the University of Denver (DU) team again this year, so if you all want to read my game reports, you can check them out at: LetsGoDU Hockey Blog. FYI, DU begins play on Thursday.
Thank you for all your info...............
Originally Posted by NCAA Goddess
No we don't go anymore. My father played in the tournament for the first 25 years. We had a ball every year. He still has a few friends that play but they're all getting pretty old. And after Schultz passed away, the tournament seemed to lose a little steam for some of the old guys.
Have fun, it's a great week if you're a hockey fan. I'll be sure to check your blog for info.
I thought I'd provide you guys some brief commentary, especially since aside from FA signings, nothing much else is going on in the hockey world at the moment.
Earlier today, I attend my first day at the tourney (this BTW is day #4). I caught all of three games and parts of a fourth. I won't bother with the fourth because it was probably the least entertaining of the games that I saw.
The first game was the Michigan 60's (aka Red Berenson's team) versus the Hodgepodge Elite. The Elite team was basically a mish-mash of players from other teams thrown together because for like the fourth year in a row, a "Marcie" Division team bailed. (What is with those guys?!) While Michigan won the game 7-2, it was clearly not the their best effort. I guarantee you that their match against DU on Sunday is what WILL bring out the REAL Michigan team. The Wolverine 60s out-everything'd the Elite. The Elite did their best to keep up considering their circumstances, however they might want to get a new goalie for their next match v. DU on Saturday. The Elite goalie had a lot of trouble with low shots and his angles. And for the most part he was slow to reacting to rebounding chances. Berenson didn't score in the game, but he did post a couple of assists and got sent to the sin bin once for high sticking.
The second game was the SoCal Golden Bears vs. the Senior Sharks (a new tourney team) in the 40A "Linus" division. This game was so one-sided in SoCal's favor that it bordered on ridiculous. SoCal CLEARLY had the skill and speed on their side. However, the Sharks did manage to do one thing right - the capitalized on their opportunities. All four of their goals came as a result of either lazy and/or not-paying-attention type plays. One was off of a bad line change, another a bad middle of the ice pass...well you get the picture. While SoCal crushed the Sharks 10-4, I've got news for them, if the Golden Bears don't start tightening things up, respect their opponent and bring their "A" game on Saturday night, the UN 40's team will have them for appetizers, dinner and dessert!
Thr third game I saw was probably the most entertaining and fairly evenly matched game, despite the final score of 5-1. It was the Michigan 50's vs. the Coquitlam Diplomats in the 50A "Charlie Brown" Division. Michigan won, but the game was, for the most part, closer than the score would indicate, especially in the third. If you love watching goalies have to make a lot of great saves, then this was your game! Both goalies played really well. Like the 60's team, the Michigan 50's have skill and can skate. And that clearly showed on two of their goals. Two other goals in the game (one for each team) came off of the goalies trying to play the puck only to find out that neither are Marty Turco or Martin Brodeur-like when it comes to being capable puck-handlers.
Thank you for your awesome post.....Joe
Originally Posted by fansince67
Well, the Snoopy Tournament is about to wrap up and once again it was fun and entertaining.
I wanted to give a report on two games that I saw last night.
The first, was a game that I came in almost at its conclusion. But what a finish it was!
It was the UN 55's versus the Swiss Hawaii Surfers (weird name, but they were this year's international entrant from...you guessed it, Switzerland).
For those unfamiliar with the tourney, the UN teams are teams put together by Monte Schulz (Sparky's son and the gentleman who runs the tourney).
Anyway, I saw about the last three or four minutes of the aforementioned contest. UN was up 1-0. The Swiss kept coming and just peppered the UN goalie. Some of the saves this guy made were unbelievable and others were of the how-did-that-not-go-in variety. The game ended 1-0, but it was a heckuva finish.
The following game was the SoCal/UN 40's game. To be honest, I thought SoCal would've been better prepared for the UN team. They played well, but they didn't look as good this year as they did last year. FYI, Brett Hull's brother didn't make the trip this year.
The UN team had two incredibly fast skaters. One of them reminded me of a 40 year old version of BC's Nathan Gerbe. He was very quick and very flashy. He also wreaked havoc on the SoCal defenders all night too.
In the latter half of the second period (I believe it was), a fight almost broke out...literally! It was amazing that no one got tossed. Just a couple of matching minors handed out along with the ref chewing out both teams.
SoCal hung for the better of the game, but the UN team was just brutal in the third with some great team defense, excellent goaltending and scoring some timely goals. They won the game and their division (Linus) 5-2.
If I recall hearing it correctly, the SoCal team featured a couple of former Kings too. If I can dig up more details about it, I'll let you all know.
....oh, BTW Denver beat Michigan this morning 3-2. It was a great game too!
Thank you for your great report and it sounded like a blast.
Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament is over until next year. But if your in Santa Rosa area and like Peanuts and the gang, Check out their museum , Rink and Gift shop.
Charles M. Schulz Museum Store