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By Thom Hirsch
12/30/14
2014 12 21 usa vs philly

Following the NJ Freeze’s suspenseful win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the first game in NJ on December 21st, the USA Warriors prevailed in its two games, with the Flyers and the Freeze, to move into first place.  The Warriors started off their game looking rusty while the Flyers, still warmed up from the game against NJ, were sharp keeping the Warriors pinned in their own zone for most of the first period.  The Warriors were lucky to be tied 1 to 1 at the end of the first period, on a goal by Josh Misiewicz.  The Flyers then got the lead to 3 to 1 at the end of the second period and 4 to 2 in the third period.  Scoring for the Flyers were Mike Hallman and Danny McDevitt with a hat trick.  The Warriors began to wake up in the game and pour it on in the last half of the third period as the Flyers showed signs of tiring playing their second game in a row.  The Warriors eventually scored 4 goals in the third, with Noah Grove and Josh Misiewicz alternating goals, with the tying goal coming with about 2 minutes remaining in the game and the final go-ahead goal by Misiewicz, for a hat trick, with about 40 seconds to play.  Jack O’Grady of the Flyers had two assists in the game while Rob Easley had two assists for the Warriors.

In the third game of the day, the USA Warriors defeated the NJ Freeze 4 to 0, with a well-deserved shutout for goalie Ben Harrow.  In this game, which2014 12 21 usa vs nj  was closer than the scoreboard showed, Josh Misiewicz had another two goals, while Rob Easley had two as well.  Kevin Gatson of the Warriors had an assist. NJ played their typical hard, physical game but could not overcome the effort of the Warriors.

With Northeast Passage Wildcats having defeated the New York Rangers the same day in Connecticut, the USA Warriors moved into first place with a 5-1-1 record at the end of the first half of the Northeast Sled Hockey League season.  The second half of the season should be a good one with the Rangers, Wildcats and Flyers gunning for the Warriors and with NJ and Connecticut potentially playing spoiler roles.

NORTHEAST SLED HOCKEY LEAGUE COMES TO PA FOR WEEKEND TOURNAMENT
 12/15/2014
The inaugural ABC Medical New Year Classic Sled Hockey Tournament, sponsored by Coloplast, will be held on January 3rd and 4th at the IceWorks Rink in Aston, PA. Teams from the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) will be competing for the weekend championship. The games also count towards a team’s quest to represent the league at the Sled Hockey National Championship.
The NESHL, established in 2005, is a "sled hockey" league. Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is the fast, exciting version of ice hockey played primarily by people with lower limb mobility impairments. Utilizing two hockey skate blades mounted under a seat, and two sled hockey sticks, players are able to skate, pass, shoot, and check. Many players in the NESHL have played on the USA Men’s or Women’s Sled Hockey Teams. This year’s games will feature 6 teams from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
“The weekend games will be very competitive and intense” stated NESHL Commissioner Mike Ciavarro. “Our teams are evenly matched and any of them could take home the weekend championship.” “We are also extremely appreciative of the support afforded to us by ABC Medical and Coloplast.”
The NESHL will be kicking off their weekend at noon on Jan 3. Connecticut will be taking on New Jersey followed by the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams are currently tied for First Place in the Standings and will be looking to upend the other. At 3PM Northeast Passage (NH) will be faced off against the USA Warriors from MD. All are welcome to come down and check out these amazing players! For a complete schedule of games please go to www.neshl.org.
About the NESHL:
The NESHL is a CT based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005 as a means for regional Sled Hockey teams to engage in competitive, sportsmanlike hockey. We are the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the U.S, with Teams from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Western Mass, Maryland, Vermont, and Pennsylvania currently in our league. To learn more about the NESHL please visit www.neshl.org.
About ABC Medical:
ABC Medical is a national leader in providing urological and other medical supplies, delivered directly to customers’ homes. ABC Medical is a “Different Kind of DME”, offering an unmatched combination of personalized service, quality medical supplies, education and outreach to its customers. ABC stands for Adapt.Believe.Compete., representing the Company’s mission of providing people with disabilities unparalleled support to adapt to their situation, believe in themselves and compete every day. As the exclusive medical supply sponsor of many of the largest adaptive sports organization in the U.S., ABC Medical supports and attends over 300 adaptive sports events every year, attended by over 20,000 athletes. In addition, ABC Medical has developed an exclusive network of hundreds of adaptive sports organizations and resources throughout the United States, available to the communities it serves. To learn more about a unique company that is Doing Well by Doing Good, call 866-897-8588 or visit us at www.abc-med.com.
About Coloplast:
Coloplast is a global medical device company that develops products and services designed to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. We start by listening to our users to better understand their needs and then respond by bringing the best ideas to market in the form of medical devices and service solutions. Coloplast’s businesses include ostomy care, urology care, continence care, and wound and skin care. With the development of a strong portfolio of new products and investments in a professional sales force, we now employ more than 8,000 people worldwide. In 2012 and 2013, Coloplast received global recognition for having the best corporate reputation among patients (PatientView), and for being the Most Ethical (Ethisphere Institute) and Most Sustainable (StoreBrand Bank) company. Coloplast is also a finalist for the PM360 Trailblazer Medical Device Company of the Year award, which recognizes achievement in innovation, talent development and social responsibility.

USA Warriors capture inaugural CT Cup!

Newington 11/20/14----The Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) came into Newington Arena this past weekend where six teams from MD to NH competed for the first ever CT Cup. The action was fast and furious from the first game on Saturday to the last game on Sunday. Forty three goals were scored and thirty six assists handed out. Add to that the number of checks and there was plenty of action at each game.

  The Opening Ceremony on Saturday included four members of the US Women’s Sled Hockey Team at center ice sporting shiny new Gold Medals from their recent history making Women’s Sled Hockey World Championship. After recognizing their team’s accomplishment they were each introduced to the crowd to loud cheers! The singing of the National Anthem was performed by a vocalist from Central CT State University. To conclude the Opening Ceremony Jason Jakubowski, vice president of external relations from Hospital for Special Care and Carlos Arellano from McDonalds of Newington proceeded to center ice for the Ceremonial Puck Drop.

     Despite a majority of the players having some type of mobility-impairment fans were surprised to see the level of competitiveness of the teams. Sled Hockey is played in a sled, or sledge, that has a seat and two skate blades mounted underneath. Players also use two sled hockey sticks which allows them to skate, shoot, and pass just like the able-bodied version of hockey. The NESHL is proud to have members, both past and present, of the USA Men’s and Women’s Sled Hockey Teams on local league clubs. There are many players who have medals from International or Paralympic competition.

   “This type of event took a lot of work from many people but it would not have been possible without the support of Hospital for Special Care, McDonalds of Newington, ConnectiCare, and Newington Arena” said NESHL Commissioner Mike Ciavarro. “I heard many positive comments from the weekend’s games and there was already talk about next year’s event!”

   After all the action on Saturday the weekend Championship came down to one game on Sunday. The NY Rangers were taking on the Philadelphia Flyers as the USA Warriors were in the stands watching. A Ranger win and they were the champs. A Flyer win by 4 goals or more and they would be the champs. A Flyer win by 3 goals or less and the Warriors would be victorius. The Flyers took the early lead in the game and opened up a 2-1 advantage after two periods.

   The third period, 12 final minutes, and one of these three teams would be taking home the Cup. The action was back and forth but the Flyers started to get the better of the Rangers. The Flyers scored two more goals making the score 4-1. The Flyers outshot the Rangers in the period but could not put one more past the Ranger netminder. The buzzer went off and the USA Warriors became the first CT Cup Champions!

   There were plenty of stories for everyone to share with family and friends this weekend. Not only do these games bring out the competitiveness of the players but they also build friendships and promote camaraderie. These memories will last forever, and be built upon next year!

 CT Cup Trophy Presentation

Left to Right---Matthew Catalano, Admitting Community Liaison, Hospital for Special Care; Janet Connolly HSC Sports and Community Programs Manager, Hospital for Special Care; Josh Misiewicz and Thom Hirsch, USA Warriors; Mike Ciavarro, NESHL Commissioner; David Kelly Chairman of the Board, Hospital for Special Care