On Friday October 27th, the Buffalo Bisons 12U Girls TB team headed down the I-90 to participate in the Premier Ice Prospects (PIP) Roc City Girls Fest. This is a well-known girls hockey tournament with 44 12U teams from all over the United States and Canada attending. The Bisons were in the top TII division with 9 others teams (Adirondack Northstars, Amherst Lady Knights, Burlington Barracudas, Canton Minor Blades, Howard Lady Huskies, New Jersey Bandits, New Jersey Colonials, Valley Jr Warriors, Vermont Jr Cats).
In the 3 game division seeding round, the Bisons came out charging with victories over Howard (12 - 0 W), Canton (5 - 2 W), and Vermont (4 - 0 W). With the 3 wins, they earned the #1 seed in the 10 team division going into the playoff round on Saturday night. In the Saturday night Quarterfinals match-up, the Bisons took down the NJ Bandits by a score of 5-1. Next up was the Sunday morning Semifinals game, a rematch with Canton. The game was a tight tilt with the Bisons prevailing by the score of a 2-1. 5 wins and 1 more to go!
The 6th game of the weekend, the TII division championship game was set for Sunday afternoon against cross-town rivals, the Amherst Lady Knights. Both teams were ready to crank up the offense for this one. The crowd enjoyed the back and forth battle as the score changed hands multiple times (1-0 Bisons, 1-1, 2-1 Bisons, 2-2, 3-2 Amherst, 4-2 Amherst, 4-3 Amherst, 4-4, 5-4 Bisons, 5-5). The championship game was going to oooooooooovertime! Overtime was played 3 on 3 and with 1 minute remaining, the Bisons lit the lamp for the championship victory! What a great game. The team stormed the ice and were all smiles for the championship banner photo!
Starting Monday April 7th we embark on a new chapter for Bison Hockey. We are going to intensify our commitment to skill development. We are going to provide more assistance to our coaches. We are going to design our teaching to be more age appropriate and tailored to the particular skill levels of our players at each age increment.
The hiring of Shelley Looney as Hockey Director is a pivotal step in the new direction we are taking. Shelley will be on the ice all week during our Spring Tryouts. Shelley is excited to get going and meet the players in our program
We want to encourage every player to introduce themselves to Shelley when they step on the ice for tryouts.
In the coming months, as we prepare for next season Shelley will be busy developing our curriculum, at each age level. Shelley and all of our volunteer coaches will work closely to coordinate the integration of skills into all team practices. Along with our coaches, Bison Hockey will also be sure to educate our players and parents on the upcoming season. We intend to be very clear in communicating our expectations for everyone involved in our program next season.
Enrollments at Bison Hockey today exceed 400 players, ranging from ages 3-18. That represents a wide range of player needs & capacity. Our goal is to help develop our players so they can increase their skating skills and begin to enjoy the great game of hockey as they become stronger and more capable on the ice.
See you at the rink.