TOUR RATTLERS: 2011 Season
Rattlers Ready for 2Hot4Ice Nationals
The Richmond Rattlers will be sending their top teams to represent them in the 2011 2Hot4Ice Nationals at the SGAA Dual Decks in Atlanta, GA. Visit 2HOT4ICE for the complete schedule and updates. Safe travels and Best of Luck to all of the teams Players and Coaches.
Tuesday, April 12
Pittsburgh Gold Rush!!!
On the weekend of April 9-10, the Richmond Rattlers sent five teams to
the 2Hot4Ice tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. with high hopes, but no
expectations. Planning for this event started back in November.
2Hot4Ice coordinated meetings between the Rattlers and the Tour Bandits with
the goal of getting the two organizations to support each others
From the first face-off for the 10U "Baby" Rattlers at 2:00pm on
Saturday until the final buzzer in the 18U Championship game around
8:15pm on Sunday, the Rattlers played tough, smart and relentless
hockey against some very talented kids from Western Pennsylvania.
When the wheel dust had settled, the five Rattler teams claimed four
gold and one gold/silver medal (not a misprint).
The gold medal rush began on Sunday with the 10U team winning their contest 8-1 over the Butler Cobras. It continued for the older squads as each of the remaining four participated in their respective medal games.
The 12U, 14U and 18U games were particularly exciting.
In the 12U showdown, the Rattlers were down 4-1 with 6 minutes left
in the contest before storming back to tie the score with three
unanswered goals in regulation. They won the game on their first rush
12 seconds into overtime on a great shot by Nick Reisenweaver. The
14U team also fought relentlessly to win their championship game 5-3,
with two goals very late in the third period. Heading into the
evening, the 16u team completed their dominating performance by
winning the Gold medal after winning 5 games, scoring 32 goals, and
giving up 0 goals. The Rattlers now had 4 gold medals with one left
The final game of the day was the 18U rematch between the Richmond Rattlers
'93 team and the Pittsburgh Dragons. Just hours earlier, the Dragon had
defeated the Rattlers in a tough match. This one ended
in a way that left fans with a lasting impression. The Dragons took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd
period. Early in that period, the Rattler goalie had a serious nose
bleed that caused the game to stop. The Rattlers used their timeout
to try and get the bleeding under control. When it was obvious that
the officials were going to insist that the game continue without a
Rattler goalie in the net, the Dragons coach used his timeout to help
out the Rattlers. The Dragons wanted to win, but not win under those
conditions. Given this act of gratitude, the officials gave the
Rattlers extra time to attend to the goalie and get him back in the
game. After a 10 minute break in action, the game resumed and
the Rattlers came storming back. When the clock hit zero, the
Rattlers had a 5-3 gold medal win.
The coaches and players on the Rattlers were excited about the win but felt bad about
the circumstances. They discussed it as a team and knew what they
should do. The Rattler coach approached the tournament director and
requested that the gold medals and championship recognition be given
to the Dragons. The Rattlers won the game due to the extraordinary
sportsmanshp exhibited by the Dragons, so they did the right thing by
"paying it forward".
As an organization, the Rattlers finished the weekend with 4 gold and 1 gold/silver
medals. The team record for the weekend was 23-1 (or 22-2) with 158
goals scored and 26 goals against. This is probably the single
biggest weekend for the Rattler organization since it was started back
in the 1990's!
Rattler players earning individual honors included the following:
- Deebs Young Award (for goals): Casey Adams
- Top Dishman (for assists): Josh O'Connell
- Top Dishman: Zachary Pfaffenberger
- Top Goalie: Ben Talman
- Top Dishman: Trevor Jones
- Top Goalie: Mikayla Edwards
- Deebs Young Award: Nathan Talman
- Top Dishman: Jaylend Powell
- Top Goalie: Trey Darnell
- Top Dishman: Alec Hagerman
2Hot4Ice Results: http://www.2hot4ice.com/pitt2011results.htm
To see Rattler images (mostly 10U) from the weekend, please see the following link: http://www.box.net
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Monday, February 28
2011 Richmond Rattlers Rosters & Coaching Assgnments
The 2011 Richmond Ratters
Coaches: Don Koszelak
Coaches: Daryl Walczak
Coaches: Mike Klee, Tony Moore
Coaches: Darryl Talman, Tony Jennings, John Rigg
12u Orange / Grey
Coaches: Gene Scavola
Coaches: Richard Dudding
Coaches: Darryl Talman, Jeff Hunt
Coaches: Richard Addy
Coaches: Chip Vaughan