The Shoreline Sharks U16 Black (AA) team won the USA Girls Ice Hockey 2018 Tier II National Championship, defeating the Vermont Shamrocks 1-0 in the finals at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on April 9, 2018. The Sharks team went undefeated in national play, beating teams from New York, New Jersey, South Dakota, Michigan, Alaska and Vermont, and outscoring the competition 21-3.
This is the second year in a row a Shoreline Sharks team has earned a USA Hockey National Championship title. In 2017, nine members from this year’s U16 team clinched the same title in the U14 division, compiling an impressive two-year record: 25-1-4 in state, regional and national tournament play and 12-0 in national-only play. The 2017 and 2018 Shoreline Sharks are officially the 15th and 16th teams from Connecticut to since the USA Hockey Girls National Tournament started 40 years ago in 1978.
The athletes who led the Sharks to their national title include Cally Dixon of Woodbridge, Kate Hagness
The Shoreline Sharks is the fastest growing and largest girls program in southern, CT and is known for its development-first focus and range of programming for girls ages 3 – 19. With 112 travel hockey teams, it offers something for every player, from the advanced to beginner, through its multi-league participation in the New England Girls Hockey League (NEGHL), Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC), and Connecticut Girls Hockey League (CGHL). The association also runs a strong 20-week learn to play clinic that gives girls of all ages a chance to try the hockey. For more information, visit www.shorelinesharkshockey.com.
Photo: Cally Dixon of Woodbridge