Rochester U16 started off at 6:00 in the morning vs Perrinton. The Jr Americans started off slow falling behind 3-0 despite the valiant efforts of goaltender Griffin Varricchio. A third period goal by Eamon Bollinger with an assist from Sam DiBitetto wasn’t enough to spark the comeback and the Amerks fell 3-1.
That afternoon the Americans, still tired from their previous early morning game played a fresh West Seneca team playing in their first game of the tournament. It was a close back and forth game where the teams were never separated by more than a goal that would fittingly end in a tie. In an exciting back and forth overtime goaltender Michael Patterson-Jones would hold the fort until Sam Dibitetto found Adam Kolcon for the goal and the win. Sam would lead the way in scoring with 2 goals and 2 assists, Kolcon would finish with the game winner plus 2 assists, Jared Smith had a goal and an assist and Bollinger would chip in an assist as well.
The next morning the Amerks faced the St. Francis. Goaltender Griffin Varricchio would leave little doubt in this one shutting out the Red Raiders. While it took some time to get the scoring started Dibitetto would score 2 goals with Kolcon adding another (Bollinger and John Swiatek each had assists) as the Americans won 3-0. In the afternoon game the American’s faced a depleted Buffalo Saints team and would leave little doubt in a lop sided 9-1 win with goals from Kyle Anderson (2), Wil McCrink (2), Kolcon (3), Smith (1) and Swiatek (1) (Cole Compagni, Swiatek (2) and Jackson Grosshans (2) with assists). The two wins on Saturday advanced the Americans to Sundays championship round.
The following morning they played the Jr. Sabres. This Game would not go well for the Americans. Trailing 2-0 in the middle of the second period a rash of penalties allowed Buffalo to expand their lead to 5-0. This game would get away from them as the Americans began conserving their players for that day’s second game. They would once again play Perrinton in that evening’s consolation game. Once again this would be a hard fought game with the Monarch’s jumping out to a 2-0 lead until DiBittetto out hustled the Perrinton net minder for a goal in the second period. The score would stay that way until in the third period when Perrinton would take advantage of the Amerks pressing to tie the game up. The American’s would fall in this one 4-1.
The Americans entered the weekend with a key injury on defense and suffered more during the tournament forcing other players to play out of their normal positions. After a hard fought tournament with several close games throughout weekend the Americans emerged in fourth place from western section play downs.