RECAP: Game 3 vs. Grizzlies (Nov. 21, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Sun Nov 22nd 2015 10:21am
Tempers flared, but Team America's cooler heads prevailed in a 5-3 win over the Grizzlies Saturday night -- running their win streak to three to start the season.
The World Police (3-0-0-0) showed off impressive scoring balance, getting goals from five different players -- forwards Tom Miskavige (2), Ryan Evans (2) and Daniel Plooster (1) and defensemen Kenny Lawrence (1) and Joseph Blaney (1) -- to overpower the Grizzlies (2-2-0-0). Overall, 12 different players have tallied a goal for Team America already this season.
Arguably no goal was bigger than Lawrence's. With Team America trailing, 2-1, late in the first period, he ripped home a shot from the point with two seconds left to tie the game and seize the momentum. Team America went on a three-goal run after that before the Grizzlies (who had two players ejected) added another in garbage time.
RECAP: Game 2 vs. Spartans A (Nov. 14, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Nov 16th 2015 2:06pm
Team America (2-0-0-0) mounted a furious comeback to beat the Spartans (1-2-0-0) on Saturday night for a thrilling 8-7 victory. The win leaves Team America in a three-way tie for first place with the Grizzlies and Spartans.
Team America started slow and found itself in an early 4-1 deficit, but, sparked by a Mike Downs snipe, roared back to tie the game at four in the second period. The teams see-sawed back and forth after that before forward Eric Theis provided the decisive blow with just over a minute remaining in the game to cap a two-goal night in his debut. Theis and defenseman Zach Wilkinson each had three points on the night.
TA spread its scoring well, getting eight goals from seven different players.
RECAP: Game 1 vs. Chiefs (Nov. 1, 2015)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Nov 02nd 2015 8:50am
Newcomers powered Team America (1-0-0-0, t-1st place) to its first win in team history Sunday night, beating the Chiefs (0-1-0-0, t-5th place), 6-1.
Defenseman Zach Wilkinson and forward Matt Fairbanks led the way with two goals a piece. Forward Steve DeMatteis and defenseman Alex Hardyman rounded out Team America's scoring. In all, 10 of the team's 11 points on the night came from first year players. Forward Logan Martin (1A) was the only returnee to notch a point.
Goaltender Chris Anderson was rock solid in his Team America debut, stopping 20 of 21 (.952) shots.
NEWS: Nine Players Added for 2015-16 Season
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Wed Oct 14th 2015 1:32pm
Team America has officially added nine new players to its roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season: Chris Anderson (goaltender), Joseph Blaney, Steve DeMatteis, Matthew Fairbanks, Alex Hardyman, Kenny Lawrence, RJ Kelly, Eric Theis, and Zach Wilkinson.
Five of those players come in with a winning pedigree, having played for the 2015 Level 1 Summer League champion Colts.
There is a lot of turnover from last season's winless team, with only half of that team returning, including leading scorers Tom Miskavige and Justin Schwechter, as well as Brendan Rose, Mike Downs, Daniel Plooster, Dane Espenson, Christopher Bixby, Logan Martin, Ryan Evans, and John McElhenny.
The puck drops on the 2015-16 AHA fall season in a few weeks and you can expect a much-improved Team America squad this year.
NEWS: Colts Win AHA Summer League Championshp
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Aug 31st 2015 11:55am
EDINA, Minn. -- Team America forwards Justin Schwechter and Ryan Evans and their summer team, the Colts (12-2-0-0), came back to win the 2015 AHA Summer Level 1 League championship Sunday, 3-2, over the Pintos (12-2-0-0).
Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Colts scored the next three goals to take the title. Schwechter and Evans provided the primary assists on the game-tying and winning goals, respectively.
Also on the title-winning Colts were four players (Joseph Blaney, Steve DeMatteis, Eric Theis, and Zach Wilkinson) who have committed to play for Team America for the 2015-16 winter season.
Schwechter finished the season tied for first in the league with 32 points, tied for third in goals (13), and second in assists (19). Evans tied for seventh in the league with 23 points and tied for fifth in assists (15).