U14 Tigers AAA Claim NAPHL Championship!
The Tigers U14 team recently claimed the NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship in Frisco, TX. The final event of the league season found nine teams make their way to Texas in search of an opportunity to claim the title. The Tigers opened the weekend with a key 3-2 win over Meijer that opened the confidence and scoring for the next two days. The team went on to post a 10-2 win over Des Moines and followed up again 10-1 over the Northwest Stars.
Going in to the final day nothing went as planned but as with the 2020-21 season the Tigers proved to be resilient, focused and poised to finish the weekend with a championship. Snow, ice and power outages hit the Dallas area causing blackouts, curfewed games and forcing patience for everyone involved. In the finals the Tigers found themselves with a 1-0 lead over the Arizona Bobcats before a black-out delayed play. When play resumed the Bobcats were able to even the game at 1-1 only to be stopped yet again with another power outage. With the game unable to restart both teams were declared co-champions of the NAPHL 2020-21 season!
Head Coach Shaun Hathaway had this to say on the Championship and weekend events “As part of our team mission this season, we committed to overcoming adversity during such an uncertain year. It was fitting that we were tested with immense adversity on the final day with the aftermath of a winter blizzard and rolling blackouts in Dallas.
We had a lot of momentum after going up 1-0 early in the championship game; the first black out that forced us back into the locker room certainly took some wind out of our sails. Arizona came out with more energy after the break, ultimately scoring the tying goal before the second blackout ended the contest.
I was very pleased with our compete level and performance consistency over four days of competition, and obviously very proud of our team to finish with an NAPHL championship title.
Winning an NAPHL championship for CSAHA was the team’s goal heading into the weekend. I’m beyond thrilled that our players were able to accomplish what they collectively set out to achieve.
Without the electrical disruptions, although we were facing an extremely talented Arizona Bobcat team, I’m confident that our guys would have finished the full game with a win. However, to share a championship with such first-class organization like the Bobcats is truly a win-win for both teams, and a fitting way to end a crazy season full of many challenges.”