TOUR RATTLERS: 2005 Season

Tuesday, January 18
Pre-Season Practice Schedule

Saturday, January 22
Tryout Schedule for 2005 Season

Monday, January 24
Link to tryout registration and payment status
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Rattlers Show Spirit
Richmond Rattlers '98 players Hunter Jennings, Andy Wibright, and Matty McDaniel sport their Mohawks at Torhs in Detroit, Michigan!

Sunday, July 17
Rattlers Spotted in Detroit
6U Rattlers at Torhs
The Richmond Rattlers '98 6U team visited Detroit last week for the Torhs National tournament. The group of young hockey players got to play hockey, visit hockey town, hang out at the baseball all-star events just before the home run hitting contest, visit Ford Field, and take a ride on the People Mover. During that time, the Rattlers were spotted by the local newspaper and a couple of the players found themselves in the Detroit Press paper the next day. The young Rattler team also hit the local hockey store, Perani's Hockey World, to pick up their matching helmets courtesy of their generous sponsor. Perani's will never be the same! The quality of play in the 6U bracket was impressive. It's proof of the growing popularity of inline hockey. The 6U competition was tough last year but was even better this year. The Rattlers were not able to medal but the team gave their parents and fans some great hockey. They played hard and the coaches and parents were very proud of them. In their last game, they lead the undefeated and #1 seed 2-1 14 minutes into the game but were not able to hold on for the upset. Look for big things to come from this group for years to come!

Tuesday, August 2
Team USA South Takes 2nd Gold in Big Easy
Team USA 10U Rattlers
Team USA South completed their international tournament run with a 5-4 win over Team USA East to earn their 2nd Gold medal in as many weeks. Last week, five Richmond Rattlers from the 10U division made their way to Detroit, Michigan to play with Team USA South in the World Inline Cup (WIC) tournament that featured teams from around the globe. The Rattlers that made the trip were Joe Joe Eck, Chris "Flea" Galiffa, Brandon "Boo Bear" Hunt, Tucker "The Wall" Murphy, and Nathan "Bus" Talman. Team USA South started the WIC with a tough 7-2 loss to a strong Canadian team from Ontario. After starting off with a loss, the team came together and put together a string of 7 straight wins, the last 8-2 over Team USA North, to take home the WIC Gold medal. Immediately after finishing up in Detroit, the team made their way south to New Orleans to play in the Junior Olympics International Games. In that tournament, the competition was tough. In the semi-final game, Team USA found themselves down by 2 goals against Team Ontario with very little time left. The team fought hard and cut the Ontario lead to 1. With less than 15 seconds to go and the goalie off the floor, Team USA scored a goal to tie the game. The game went into overtime. A few minutes into overtime, Team USA scored the winning goal. In the championship game, Team USA took an early 4-0 lead before seeing the lead fall to a close 4-3 first period score. In the 2nd period, they held their lead and won the game 5-4 to earn their 2nd Gold medal. It was a great run for Team USA and the Rattlers. After losing their 1st game, the team won the next 12 games to take the 2 Gold medals. The photo is of the 5 Rattlers that were selected to play on the team. This photo was taken on Bourbon Street! Congratulations also to the 12U Rattlers Nick Hodges and Shane Heller. They represented the Rattlers on Team USA South for the 12U division. In Detroit, they won the Silver medal! Great job to all of the Rattlers that played on Team USA this season!

Tuesday, August 9
10U95 Rattlers Win Gold
The Richmond Rattlers 95 team traveled north to Voorhees, New Jersey August 4-6 to participate in the USA Hockey National Inline Tournament. The Rattlers played in the U8/U10 Stripes division and brought home the gold by completing the tournament unbeaten and turning in two spectacular games against the Mad Dogs 95 team including an exciting 5-4 win in the championship game. You could not miss the Rattler supporters in the stands at each game as parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters wore the team colors and created a crazed area of “orange” Rattler fans! The Rattlers 95s kickoff game was against Tour Breakaway. Breakaway jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead before the Rattlers 95s answered back to tie the game. Breakaway then found the back of the net two more times to have a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. That would be the last lead as the 95s let loose a barrage of goals, took the lead and never looked back as they completed their opening game win 7-3. The second game of the evening found the 95s playing the Frederick Vipers. The Rattlers looked like they would have an easy time as they led 2-0 at the end of the first period. The Vipers battled back in the second period cutting the lead to 2-1 before the 95s answered back for a 3-1 lead. The Vipers then scored a short-handed goal and next converted a power play to notch the game at 3-3. That would be the last goal of the night for both teams as they each battled the remaining five minutes with very good goalie play and ended up in a 3-3 tie. Day two of the tournament, a.k.a “Mad Dogs” day, the Rattlers 95s had to first play the Mad Dogs 96 team and conclude the evening against the Mad Dogs 95 team. The first game of the day against the Mad Dogs 96 team was a good warm-up game. The Rattlers held a 4-0 lead after the first period allowing the Mad Dogs only four shots on goal. The Rattlers 95s continued to extend their lead during the second period scoring five more times and giving up only one goal on a total of nine shots for the game--ending in a 9-1 win. The Rattlers 95s saved their best for last in the evening finale against the Mad Dogs 95 team – the rival team they had yet to beat this season. The Rattlers came out with a purpose and that was to win and win they did as they played a perfect game. They broke the ice by scoring five minutes into the game and then scored again in the seventh minute taking a commanding 2-0 lead. The score remained until the Rattlers converted a power play with thirty seconds remaining in the period and held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. The second period found each team scoring one goal having both goalies exhibit great saves. The game ended in a 4-1 win earning the Rattlers a bye and a slot in Saturday’s championship game. The championship game found the Rattlers 95s battling the Mad Dogs 95 team—déjà vu!! Again, the Rattlers brought out their best and scored first on the Mad Dogs. The teams went back and forth and ended the first period with the Rattlers up 3-2. The second period was scoreless until a goal in the sixth minute by the Rattlers, which made it 4-2 Rattlers. The Mad Dogs then scored to cut it to 4-3 with one minute to play and quickly called a timeout. On the face-off, the Mad Dogs pulled their goalie. The Rattlers won the face-off, and let a shot fly almost the length of the rink. Both teams stood motionless watching the puck slowly glide down the floor ending up in the back of the net. It was 5-3 with forty-five seconds to go. The Mad Dogs would manage one more goal but that would be all as the Rattlers came away with an exciting, down-to-the-wire 5-4 victory. In addition to the first place finish by the team, the Rattlers had four players recognized by being named to the USA Hockey Inline All Tournament Team: Skaters Kevin McCollum and Cortland Finch, and Goalies Madison Martin and Tyler Garrett. Congratulations to all the Rattler 95s for winning GOLD!!! Bobby Coss, Cortland Finch, Tyler Garrett, David Heide, Madison Martin, Kevin McCollum, Nick Pierce, Tyler Reeves, Ryan Reeves, and Mark Reisenweaver Coach Kevin Reisenweaver Assistant Coaches Jeff Finch and Dave Garrett

Monday, August 22
2005 AAU USA Inline Hockey Cup Champions!
Congratulations to the Rattler teams that won the 2005 USA Inline Hockey Cup Championships. The Rattlers had 4 teams win the Regional Championship and 1 team take home the National Championship!

Sunday, August 28
Rattlers '94 End Season in Big Easy
2005 94 in New Orleans
The Richmond Rattler '94 10U team completed their season with a trip to New Orleans. After countless drives to Motor City, the Rattlers were looking for something new and decided that a trip to Bourbon Street, USA was needed! The Junior Olympic games for inline hockey was played in the New Orleans Convention Center. A very large convention hall was converted into a 3 rink hockey facility. The tournament pulled in teams from all around the country and featured 4 levels of play in the 10U level. The Rattlers decided to go for it all and signed up to play in the elite bracket. The goal was to defend the title they won up in Detroit in 2003. The Rattlers started hot winning their first 3 games with commanding victories. This was good to see since the team had been off for over a month without a single team practice. The 4th game was the first tough game for the tournament. After taking a 3 goal lead, the Rattlers finished that game with a tie and a 3-0-1 record in pool play. The Rattlers went into the playoffs as the #3 seed (even though they did not lose a game). In the first playoff game, the Rattlers took a 4-0 lead into the 2nd period. Unfortunately, the opponent from Nashville came to play hockey and didn't back down. The Rattlers lost that game 5-4 and headed for the Bronze Medal game in what would be a rematch with the team they tied the previous night. Still emotionally drained from the loss to Nashville, the Rattlers could not get it together and lost to the St. Louis Tour Cobras and finished the tournament with a Copper Medal. The Rattler '94 team played in 8 total 10U tournaments this season including 3 National tournaments. They traveled to PA, NC, NJ, SC, and LA (and played in VA). They medaled in each tournament taking home a Copper, 2 Bronze, a Silver, and 4 Gold Medals. While the team didn't reach all of it's goals on the hockey rink in New Orleans, the families and players made up for it in the fun they had in New Orleans! Heard more than once, "What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans!". (Ryan Galaspie was sick and missed the team picture!)

Saturday, May 7
Richmond Rattler U14 Black Team Places Second in Division I AAU Tournament in Laurel, Maryland

Hello from Laurel Maryland - 8U

NARCH Brings our First 8U Tournament in Fredricksburg, VA - 8U

Wednesday, June 29
Richmond Rattlers invade Raleigh - 8U

Wednesday, June 29
AAU Comes to Richmond - 8U

Tuesday, May 17
Rattlers '92 Take Silver at Narch

Thursday, May 5
Rattlers 10U Win 3rd Gold!

Thursday, May 5
Richmond Rattler U14 Black team wins Gold in AAU Division II

Sunday, April 17
10U Rattlers Take Gold in Pennsylvania!

Thursday, April 14
Rattlers 12U Black Win AAU Gold!

Thursday, April 14
Little Rattlers Have Big Bite!

Thursday, April 14
Rattler U14 Black wins Division II AAU Tournament

Tuesday, April 26
Rattler U14 Black Rolls to Division I ECHO Title in VA

2005 Rosters for the Richmond Rattlers

2005/2006 Royals Ice Hockey Tryouts Announced for April

Sunday, March 27
Rattlers '94 Take 2Hot4Ice GOLD in OT

Sunday, March 27
14U Black Team Wins Gold in 2Hot4Ice Division A

Sunday, March 27
Rattlers 97 Earn Silver Medal at 2Hot4Ice Regional

Tuesday, April 5
AAU Tournament at Shooters

Friday, April 1
State Wars Tryouts for VIRGINIA: 4/22 - 4/24

Tuesday, April 5
7 Rattlers Selected for Team USA!

Rattler '93 Clint Gunn at the Riverdogs

14UB Team Announced
Thank you to all of the players and parents who attended the U14 Richmond Rattler try-outs.
There will be a ...

Monday, March 14
Rattler Logo Merchandise Prices & Samples