TOUR RATTLERS: 2006 Season

Sunday, March 19
1st Tournament Win of 2006! 16U!
2006 16u gold
Where is the article Mike??

Tuesday, March 28
Rattlers Sweep Winchester!

At around 8:00pm on Sunday night, the final shot of the AAU regional in Winchester, Virginia was taken.  That shot, with less than 1 second remaining in overtime, gave the Richmond Rattler ’94 team the division 1 12U championship.  Winning this final game allowed for the Rattlers to claim the championship title in every age group at the division 1 level.

Getting things started on Friday, the Richmond Rattler 18U team won gold.  On Saturday, the Richmond Rattler 8U ‘97/98 and the Rattler 16U team each won the division 1 championship in each of their age brackets.  On Sunday, the Rattlers success continued with gold medal wins by the Rattler 10U ’95, Rattler 14U ’91, and the Rattler 12U ’94 teams. 

The Rattlers also won the 14U division 3 title with a victory by the Rattler 14U ’92 team.  The Rattlers were represented in the 14U division 2 playoffs by the Rattler 14U Black team.  They lost a very close game (by 1 goal) to the eventual division 2 gold medal winners.

Great job Rattlers! 

Individual stories for teams that submit them will be posted below! 

10U '95 Take Gold in Winchester!
AAU Winchester Gold 10u95

Congratulations to the 10U '95 team and their gold medal victory in Winchester!

Tuesday, March 28
Rattler 18U Team Takes USA Inline Gold!
Rattler 18U USA Inline Gold 2006

Thursday, March 30
14U '91 Win Gold in Winchester
AAU Winchester Gold 14u91

12u94 Get AAU Overtime Win in Winchester
The Richmond Rattler 12u94 team played the last game of the tournament. Going into that game, the Rattler organization had taken the gold medal in every age bracket at the Division-I level.

When the day started for the Rattlers, the team already knew that they had to win 2 games and give up zero goals in order to be the top seed. The Mavericks had given up just 1 goal in 2 games.

The Rattlers started with a victory over the Richmond Shooters team with an 8-0 win. In the 2nd game, the Rattlers played the SVHC Eagles and won 6-0. These wins with zero goals against gave them the top seed.

In the championship game, the Potomac Mavericks struck first and took a 1-0 lead. The Rattlers later tied it up and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. In overtime, the Rattlers were called for tripping with just over 2 minutes to go. After successfully killing the penalty (thanks in part to many saves by Tucker Murphy!), the Rattlers received the break of the tournament. When the penalty expired with 4 seconds to go, the Rattlers had gained possession of the puck down behind their own net. Chris Galiffa came off of the bench and was behind the Mavericks defense taking off down the floor. Joe Eck had just made a pass to Nathan Talman who then made a nice pass up and off the boards to Chris. Chris took the puck down, made a nice move, and put a backhand in the back of the net. The official time of the goal was :00.6 left in the game! What a dramatic finish!

In the 3 games, the Rattlers received goals from 6 different players with all 8 skaters receiving points. Congratulations to Tucker Murphy (top goalie), Joe Eck (top defensive player), Chris Galiffa (all-tournament team), and Will Dewey (unsung hero award).

Front Row: Kris Helweg, Will Dewey, Tucker Murphy, Tyler Reeves, Joe Eck
Back Row: Chris Galiffa, Nathan Talman, Nick Varner, Josh Alston
There in spirit: Brandon Hunt

Rattler 8U '97/98 Win GOLD
2006 March 8u Gold
In their first tournament of the season, the Richmond Rattler 8U'97/98 team took the gold medal of the AAU Winterchester, Virginia regional.

The team started the tournament with a 10-2 win over the Ashland Renegades. To earn the top seed, the Rattlers won 6-0 against the Ashburn Inferno. In the championship game, the Rattlers took on the Inferno again and won 8-2.

With only a couple of practices so far, the young Rattlers looked great!

Pictured -
Goalie: Hayden Keener
Front row: Nick Reisenweaver, Zach Pierce, Hunter Jennings, Miranda Rigg
Back row: Dylan Cecil, Cole Hodges, Travis Broughman, Ben Talman, Sam Murray

14u'92 Win Gold at Winchester
2006 March 14u92 Gold
The Richmond Rattler '92 team took gold in the AAU Winchester, Virginia regional.

The '92 team had a tough draw for the tournament. They started with a 5-2 win over Shooters. In their 2nd game, they played a strong Charlotte Vipers team from North Carolina. They lost a hard fought battle 1-0 in that game. They had proven that they had what it would take to win the tournament. With 8 teams and only 2 games before getting seeded, their 1-1 record earned them the 5th seed which put them in the lower division.

The Rattlers dominated the D-III playoffs and earned their first gold medal of the season. The Vipers went on to win the D-II division. To get there, they had to play the Richmond Rattler 14u Black team. The Rattlers played an outstanding game and lost to the Vipers 4-3. The Richmond Rattler 14u'91 team won gold in the D-I playoffs. Looks like the Rattlers have 3 solid 14u teams for 2006! Great job!

Pictured -
Goalie: Forrest Chaffin
Players: Eric Talman, Matt Hemple, Terry Debose, Nick Hodges, Dominic Scavola, Stuart Brown, Forest Ford, Hunter Addy, Christian Capobianco
Coaches: Nick Hodges, Richard Addy, Scott Ford (not pictured)

Wednesday, April 19
Another AAU Gold for Rattlers '95s
2006 10u95 April AAU Gold
The Richmond Rattlers 95 team won gold again at the AAU regional tournament here in Richmond.  The Rattlers won their opener against the Dreamsports Dragons 8-0
on Friday night and then waited until Sunday to face the Mad Dogs 95.  The game against the Mad Dogs was the Rattlers first loss of the season as they fell by the score of 8-4.  The Rattlers were fortunate to be able to avenge the loss by playing the Mad Dogs again in the final.  In a very tight game, the Rattlers exhibited a brilliant defensive effort and capitalized on their offensive opportunities to pull away a 3-2 championship victory.  This tournament victory gave the Rattlers 95 team their fourth straight championship for the 2006 season!  

Wednesday, April 19
Rattlers '95 Strike Gold With Shutouts At Coastal Cup
2006 10u95 Coastal Cup Gold
The Richmond Rattlers '95 team continued their winning ways as they earned another first place finish at the Coastal Cup tournament in Williamsburg.  They posted four shutouts by defeating Tsunami Blue 8-0, Dreamsports Dragons Red 3-0 and Greensboro Spyders 8-0; and won the championship game against the Dragons 6-0. 

Wednesday, April 19
'92 Rattlers Win Silver in Richmond AAU Regional
2006 April 92 AAU Silver
Congratulations to the Richmond Rattlers '92 team for their silver medal at the Richmond, Virginia AAU Regional in April, 2006!

Wednesday, April 26
Rattler 10U '96 Win Gold at Coastal Cup
Here is a photo of our '96 team from their Gold Medal victory at the April 1st Coastal Cup regional!

Wednesday, April 26
'95 10U Rattlers Rock the ECHO 12U Division !!
The Rattlers '95 team played up in the 12U division this past weekend at the ECHO Regional Qualifier held at Slapshotz in Fredericksburg, VA. The team played exceptionally well as the only 10U team in the field of nine teams.  Defeating the Central Virginia Sabres and  shenandoah Eagles placed them first in their pool.  The Rattler fans proudly and very loudly cheered them on through a 4-2 win against the Mad Dogs Blue team in the first playoff game.  The Rattler team placed third in the tournament after losing to the Wake Forest Speed in the semifinal game. This experience greatly benefited the team as they prepare for future tournaments.  Way to go RATTLER '95s !

Tuesday, May 2
Rattler '94 Win Gold in Raleigh
2006 04 Rattler 94 Gold AAU Raleigh
This past weekend, the Rattler '94s took a roadtrip to Raleigh, North Carolina. The AAU tournament 12U bracket featured teams from Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The Rattlers started the tournament by playing the Charleston Thunder. The Rattlers took that game 4-0. In the 2nd game, the Rattlers played the Dream Team Dragons from North Carolina. The Dragons are a big, fast, and physical team but the '94s managed to finish the game with a 7-3 win after a 1st period that saw the game tied at 3-3. Finishing as the #1 seed in their bracket, the '94s had to play the Dragons again in the 1st round of the playoffs. This time, the Dragons didn't under estimate their competition. The game was a battle and the game ended regulation in a 1-1 tie. Early in overtime, the Rattlers scored the game winning goal and earned a birth to the gold medal game. In the final game, the Rattlers had to play against the Thunder again. This game was a tough and hard played game that ended with the Rattlers earning a 4-0 victory.

This was the Rattler '94 teams 3rd tournament. They are currently 11-0 and have 3 Gold medals for the season!

In this tournament, the '94 team unveiled the new Rattler black jerseys. These jerseys were designed in conjunction with Ace Jerseys after the Rattlers won them in a tournament last year in New Jersey. This jersey, or a slight variation of it, should be available next year to any other teams that have interest!

2006 04 Rattler 94 jerseys back

Tuesday, May 2
Rattler Custom Pants - extra's still available for sale!

Friday, May 12
'91s Win Gold in Raleigh
2006 04 91 AAU Raleigh Gold

The Richmond Rattler '91 14U team took the Gold Medal in the Elite bracket of the AAU tournament in Raleigh, NC.  Congratulations to that team!

Wednesday, May 31
'91 Rattlers Win Narch Gold!
2006 05 91 Narch Gold
The Rattler '91 team captured their 3rd Gold of the year with a 5-0 record in the Fredericksburg Narch Tourny. They beat the Mad Dogs White 8-2 in the championship game. They now have a 15-1 record on the year in 4 tournaments which includes an exciting 3-2 overtime victory over the Dreamsports Dragons Red in the Raleigh AAU Elite championship game.   

Thursday, June 15
Rattlers '92 Win Gold in Frederick, MD (6/3/06)
Congratulations to the 92 Rattlers for their Gold Medal in the AAU Regional Qualifier in Frederick, Maryland last weekend. The '92 Rattlers went 5-0 against some very good competition. The Rattlers defeated a very talented '92 Mad Dogs team twice, once in Round Robin play and again in the Championship. Several players received Individual awards. The All Tournament Team consisted of Eric Talman for Defense and Forrest Ford for Forward. The Top Forward award went to Stuart Brown with a total of 15 points. Forrest Chaffin received the Top Goalie Award giving up 6 goals in 5 games including 3 shut outs.

Sunday, July 2
2006 USARS National Championships
The Richmond Rattlers had a large showing this past week in Pittsburgh, PA for the 2006 National Championships.  It was an exciting week of hockey!  Where we have gaps, let us know how your team did!

Rattlers '97/98 - GOLD

Rattlers '95 - GOLD

Rattlers '93 - SILVER
Rattlers '94 - COPPER

Rattlers '92 - COPPER

(others to be posted as soon as I find out how those teams did!)

Saturday, July 8
Rattler ‘97/98 Bring Home The Gold
2006 USARS 8U celebration
The Richmond Rattler ‘97/98 8U team were one of the 10 Rattler teams that traveled to Pittsburgh, PA for the 2006 USARS National Championships. As is often the case with 8U hockey, this Rattler team really did not know what to expect because they had spent most of the season playing against the same teams.

The Rattlers started off the tournament with a 11-8 loss to the Cobras. The Rattlers gave the Cobras way too many scoring opportunities. The Rattlers 2nd game was against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs had beaten the Cobras earlier (not a close game) so the Rattlers figured that they were in for a tough game. In a game that was back and forth, the Rattler pulled out a 6-5 win. The Rattlers finished the round robin play in 3rd place.

Their 1st playoff game was against the Cobras that had beaten them 11-8 the previous day. The focus point for day 2 for the Rattlers was defense. The team was challenged to reduce the number of shots on goal and keep the score low. In this 1st playoff game, the Rattlers finished the 1st period with a 3-0 lead. This was quite an accomplishment given the fact that the Cobras scored 11 goals on the Rattlers on day 1. In this first period, Rattler goalie Zachary Pfaffenberger got the shutout. The Rattlers went on to win this game and gave up a much lower 3 goals in that game. Congratulations to the defensive players that gave a tremendous effort; Hunter Jennings, Dylan Cecil, Miranda Rigg, and Zach Pierce.

The Rattlers moved on to the championship game and took on the Bulldogs again. After a close 6-5 game the day before, the Rattlers knew this would be a tough one. The Rattlers continued their domination on defense and made it very hard for the Bulldogs to score. In the championship game, goalie Hayden Keener closed out the tournament with a 2nd period shutout. The offense for the Rattlers continued to take it to the competition. Playing offense in the playoffs were Travis Broughman, Cole Hodges, Samuel Murray, Ben Talman, and Nick Reisenweaver.

While the tournament may have started slow for the Rattlers, the team quickly got it together and put on a show during the playoffs. The offense scored an average of 7 goals a game. The defense came up big. The two Rattler goalies both gave outstanding performances and made many quality saves.

This is not it for the 8U Rattlers. The team will make the trip to Taylor, MI to play in the Junior Olympics!

2006 USARS 8u champs

Wednesday, July 12
Richmond Rattlers '95 Captures Gold in Dramatic Fashion!
2006 USARS 10u champions (95s)

Do you Believe in Miracles!?! Richmond Rattlers 95 Team Captures some Olympic Cardiac Excitement to Win USARS Gold in Pittsburgh!!!

The Rattlers 95 team ventured to Pittsburgh to play in the USARS national hockey tournament. Little did they know how much excitement they would have to generate to bring home their first place gold medals and championship trophy.

On the opening day of the tournament, the Rattlers played well jumping out to leads in both of their games but falling short to the hometown Pittsburgh Inferno 3-6 and then losing to their home state foe, the MadDogs 3-4. In both games the Rattlers played well in the opening minutes, making good passes, playing tight defense, and scoring goals but in the end each of their opponents outlasted them or capitalized on a couple mistakes by the Rattlers to secure victory.

Heading into the knockout phase of the tournament with an 0-2 record did not look good for the 95s chances to bring home first place trophy but the players were determined to either win or go down fighting. And win they did with much excitement. The 95s found themselves
ahead again in their semi-final game where they were pitted against the MadDogs. The teams battled and the Rattlers jumped out ahead again leading 3-1 only to find themselves tied and then eventually behind 3-4. The last minute of the game was nerve racking and then with five skaters on the floor and an empty net behind them, the 95s took a faceoff in their offensive end and with .8 seconds left in regulation, the 95s scored a backhanded tying goal over the goalie's right shoulder. The players and fans went hysterical but the game was not won yet. The two teams faced off into an 18 minute overtime period but with only three minutes into the overtime, the 95s finished off a rebound and scored the game winning goal to win 5-4!  Now it was on to the finals!

The 95s were pitted against the same Inferno team that had beaten them the day before. As was the case the whole tournament, the 95s jumped out to a big lead of 4-1 only to see it whither away until they were tied 4-4. Each team had many goal scoring opportunities to win the game in regulation but either they were just off mark, the goalie made a great save, or the goal was waved off by the referee. The teams ended the regulation game tied 4-4 and again the 95s would have to win it in overtime. The two teams battled for 17:24 of the 18 minute overtime until the game winning goal was made with just 36 seconds left.

Congratulations to all of the Rattler 95s players, coaches, parents, and fans -- it was quite exciting!!

Friday, July 14
'92 Rattlers Finish Season with Copper Medal in Pittsburgh
The '92 Rattlers complete their season in Pittsburgh playing in the USARS Nationals.

Day one the Rattlers came out on fire with a 2-0 record defeating the Pittsburgh Inferno 5-2 and the Columubus Bandits 5-3 and ending the day seeded First in their division.

Day Two was a bit tougher playing the Potomac Mavericks in the Semi-Finals, the '92 Rattlers were plagued with several penalties and played most the game shorthanded. The Rattlers went on to lose 3-6. The Rattlers final game of the season was against the IC Phantoms which they lost 2-6 and settled for the Copper Medal.

The '92 Rattlers had four players make the all tournament team they were Stuart Brown, Forrest Chaffin, Nick Hodges and Forrest Ford. Great Job!!!

The '92 Rattlers finished the season with 2- Gold Medals, 2- Silver Medals and 1- Copper Medal. In addition to the tournament success the '92 Rattlers won the 14U 2006 Mid Atlantic Championship for AAU and finishing fifth in the Nationional Standings.