The Wilmington Icehawks 12-and-under hockey team was in Charlotte over the weekend and hoisted the 2015 Hemby Cup after a 3-0 shutout over the Carolina Stars in the finals on Sunday.
Parents and players traveled to the Queen City late Thursday night and got on the ice early Friday morning for their opening game against Atlanta Phoenix. The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, ultimately capturing game one of the tournament 7-2 against Atlanta.
Game two on Friday afternoon was against the Duluth Ice Bandits from Georgia. The Hawks pressured the Ice Bandits goalie relentlessly, which yielded four goals through period one, resulting in a 7-0 win.
High noon on Saturday brought together the undefeated teams in the semifinals. The Stars and Icehawks were evenly matched as the Stars grabbed a 3-2 lead after two periods until a pair of quick goals in the final frame helped the Icehawks regain the edge before scoring on an empty netter from center ice with under one minute to play to secure a 5-3 result.
The Pee-Wee team from the Port City wrapped up phase one of their season with a perfect 11-0 mark, with one tournament win.
The Wilmington Icehawks have three teams competing at various tournaments across the regions, with 16-under, 12-under and 10-under programs.
The Coastal Carolina Hockey Association (CCHA) was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit corporation for the
sole purpose of promoting youth hockey. The host rink for the program is at the Wilmington Ice House in Ogden. CCHA is governed nationally by USA Hockey and regionally by the Carolina Amateur Hockey Association. CCHA participates in the Carolina Hockey League with teams from Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.