The Neposet Valley River Rats defeated the St. Louis AAA Blues 4-3 in overtime to win the U-18 Tier 1 National Championship in Pittsburgh, Pa. last weekend. Down 3-2 in the third period the River Rats knotted the score with eight seconds left to force overtime.
In semifinal game they defeated Shattuck-St Mary’s, the defending two-time champion, 5-1, to advance.
Based out of Foxboro Sports Centre in Massachusetts, the team completed its season 33-4-2 and Ellison finished the season undefeated at 17-0-2, a first for the organization. In terms of chemistry, “this is the best team,” Coach Jon Hutcheon stated.
Ellison played minor hockey for the Vermont Glades and represented Vermont at regionals for four consecutive years.