Three strikes and the Ice Miners are out in hockey
OMAHA, Nebraska. — In the third and final game of pool play, the local Ice Miners high school hockey team had its third defeat today, losing 0-8 at the national championships. Today’s competitors, who put goals on the board in all three periods, were from Edina, MN and are second in the tournament standings. Both teams had eight penalty infraction calls.
Yesterday’s game against a team from Maryland resulted in a 2-5 loss, and the Miners were outshot 0 to 4 in their first game Thursday.
All the high school teams played their games in Omaha. The remainder of the divisions, including the older athletes, younger athletes and female athletes, played dispersed in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Missouri. The Ice Miners were in a pool group called Olympic. The other pools were Liberty, NHL and USA.
Moylan Iceplex, where they played today’s game as well as Friday’s first, boasts an NHL-sized sheet of ice as well as an Olympic-sized ice sheet. The Olympic rink is 15 feet wider than a standard NHL rink and is the only one in the state.
Elimination bracket action begins tomorrow with the championship game to be played on Monday. The high school hockey team that emerged from pool play on top is from Springfield, Pennsylvania.