Omaha, Anaheim begin Nationals quest on Thursday
March 26, 2015
The USA Hockey Tier I Nationals get underway on Thursday in Amherst, New York, and two teams from the NAPHL are set to take to the ice in the 16U Division to try and capture a National Championship.
The Central District Champion Omaha AAA Hockey Club 16U team and the Pacific District Champion Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U team both will begin play on Thursday with their eyes on the top prize after very successful regular seasons.
The two NAPHL clubs will be in different divisions as Omaha will be in Pool D and Anaheim in Pool B. Depending on how the games go, there is a possibility the two clubs could meet one another in either the Semi-Finals or the Finals. Omaha defeated Anaheim 2-1 to claim the 2015 NAPHL 16U Championship back on February 16th.
Omaha begins their round-robin action against the Syracuse Stars at 12:15pm (eastern) on Thursday, while Anaheim will face the Michigan Nationals on Thursday at 2:15pm (eastern).
Omaha is in Pool D with the Chicago Mission, Team Comcast and the Syracuse Stars. Anaheim is in Pool B along with Honeybaked, the Michigan Nationals and the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.
Looking ahead to this weekend, FASTHockey will be streaming all the action. Games are available live and on-demand by visiting USAHockey.FASTHockey.com and creating a free account. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD following the tournament.
Also of note this year is the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app provides unprecedented access to news, scores and schedules, as well as photos and videos from fellow participants in the app social stream.
In addition to streaming and mobile coverage, USA Hockey will provide scoring, stats, standings and photos from each of the games on USAHockey.com. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter at @USAHNationals.