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Team Canham went to St. Louis this weekend and won the Rolling Thunder U10 Tournament.

The boys went 4-0-1 for the weekend, winning the championship 8-3 against the team we tied earlier in the tournament.




Easton (Columbus) Mite Classic

Swords Teams Take First and Second Place





Congratulations to Swords Mite Team Backen for being runner-up in the Mite A Cross-Ice Division at the Mid-Am Regional of the International Silver Stick Tournament held in Dayton, Ohio in December, 2015.  Mite Team Backen played a tough Findlay team in the finals and lost 6-5 in the last 20 seconds of the game. Great job Team Backen! Keep up the good work!



Squirt AA Team Ganz Wins 2015 Veteran's Cup

The Swords Squirt AA Team Ganz won the 2015 Veteran’s Cup held November 6-8 in Nashville, TN.  The team played very strong competition.  They faced the Charlotte Jr Checkers (North Carolina), Meramec Sharks (St Louis), and two Nashville Jr Predators teams.  The Swords went undefeated, and leaving with a 3-0-2 record and the championship banner.  Going into the semi-finals as a #2 seed, it turned out to be hockey at its best.  The Swords faced a fast Predators team on their home turf.   Great back checking and overall hustle led to a 4-2 victory.   They were ready to go for the finals (albeit at 5PM!) facing the #1 seed from North Carolina, the Jr Checkers.   On Saturday, this match-up resulted in a tie, so both teams were out not only for the hardware, but to win the “grudge” match.   

The Swords were up for the challenge, and played one of the best games of the year, matching stride for stride a very fast Checkers team.   They led 2-0 in the third period, a Checkers goal in the last 2 minutes and a few pipes made the game extra exciting in the end, and the Swords finished it strong to win it and take home the banner.  Kudos to the offense for getting the lead and back checking efforts to keep it, the defense for stopping the Checkers from their fast paced rushes, and of course, our goaltender for making some unbelievable saves. 

The players represented the Cincinnati Swords organization well.  The coaches received several compliments from the other coaches/parents for the sportsmanship our players displayed and how they carried themselves on and off the ice.  The parents and coaches are very proud of the players and are excited to bring a championship back to Cincinnati and the Swords organization.  Congratulations to our Squirt AA Team Ganz players and coaches!




Adrien Peewee Sabres Team Places Second in MYHL End of Season Tourney!

After various setbacks in the regular season, our Adrien Peewee Sabres Team came together to focus on their 2015 end of season tournament.  The team took second place in its Peewee MYHL Division.  Congratulations to our Adrien Peewee Sabres team and coaches!





Over the weekend of Feb 28, 2015 the Dalton Sabres Bantam Team came in 1st place at the MYHL end of season tournament. The Sabres team went undefeated in the tournament winning an especially close game 2 via shootout over their Troy opponent! Under the on-ice leadership of team captain Luke Erny and alternate captains, Gab Tonucci, Josie Friedl and Kenny Lewis, the team battled hard for the wins. Along with stellar team play the battle tested Sabres got stellar goaltending performances from veteran goalie Forest Adams and rookie goalie Alex Wehr. It was a great tournament run for our Bantam Sabres team who ended the weekend 3-0 to capture the MYHL Bantam Division B Championship Title! Congrats to our Dalton Sabres Bantam Team!



Mite Red Team Wins Ice of March Tournament


The Cincinnati Sabres Mite Red Team secured another trophy for the Swords trophy case! On March 22, 2015, the team brought home 1st place champions for the White Division of the Mentor Youth Hockey Association's Ice of March Tournament in Mentor, OH. It all started Friday night with a win over Southpointe, PA (south of Pittsburgh).  On Saturday, the team won against Gilmour, OH and Lawrence County, PA (near Youngstown, OH). This gave the team the #1 seed going into bracket play on Sunday. On Sunday, the team beat Rocky River (west of Cleveland) in Semi-final #1 to put them in the championship vs. Lawrence County again (who had beaten Morgantown, WV in semi-final #2).  The Cincinnati Sabres Mite Red Team beat Lawrence county in the final 11-5 to bring home the championship!  Congrats again to the Mite Red Team!



Mite Red Team Places 2nd in Marazon Memorial Cup

Over the weekend of March 7th and 8th 2015, the top-tier Cincinnati Sabres Mite Red Team came in 2nd place at the Athens Marazon Memorial Cup tournament. Saturday the team went 3-0 during the preliminary round, winning against the Athens Bobcats, West Virginia Wild, and the Winterherst Hawks, giving us the #1 seed in the bracket play going into Sunday. We ended up playing the #2 seed from Northern Kentucky and came up a little short (tired legs) but overall it was a great tournament weekend for the Cincinnati Sabres program! Congrats to the Mite Red Team!




Squirt ’05 Team Three Rivers Cup Champions

The Swords ’05 Squirt Team had a great weekend with the Swords Bantam Team in Pittsburgh this weekend, bringing home one of the Championship trophies in the Three Rivers Cup Tournament.  The Swords went undefeated in the tournament, allowing only 2 goals all weekend behind solid defense and great goaltending by tournament MVP Noah Smith.  The team shut out the opponents in their first four games, and then won the final against a strong Cleveland Barons team 4-2.   The Swords played teams from Ontario, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland.  The players and families represented the Cincinnati Swords organization well, not only on the ice but off it as well.   It was a particularly sweet championship, as the Team made it to the final in their first two tournaments, but had to settle for runner-up in the Cleveland Rock’n’Roll Classic and Detroit Motor City Cup earlier in the year.  Congrats to the ’05 Squirts!





Chicago Fall Classic Midget U16 AA Champions






The Cincinnati Sabres Mite Team are the 2014 Athens Tournament Champions!    The tourney was held March 8-9 at Ohio University.   This was the second championship for the Team, having won the Rock 'n' Roll Cup in Cleveland over MLK weekend.  It was a well earned victory, as the Sabres faced the toughest team (Columbus Chill) they saw all year and won 6-4.   The Sabres went 4-0 playing the Chill, Westmoreland (PA), Newark Generals (OH), and Athens Bobcats (OH).  The players and parents represented the Sabres organization well, showing good sportsmanship and effort on and off the ice.   It was a great way to end the season, and the parents, coaches, and players are very proud to be champions and a part of the Cincinnati Sabres hockey organization.

Coaches Ganz, Cornic, Doxsey, Smith, and Newlin



The 2000 Cincinnati Swords Bantam team took home the Little Caesars’ league championships this past weekend. After going undefeated in the first round of pool play, the Swords qualified to move on to the single elimination playoff bracket.  They quickly took care of the Redford Royals 8-2 in the quarterfinals, then faced the Allen Park Huskies in the semi-finals.  Their 4-3 victory over the Huskies placed them in the finals against the Suburban Stars. The Swords won a close one 2-1 to claim the Championship of the Little Caesar’s Bantam (minor) division.  The 2000 Swords are coached by Barret Ehgoetz and Assistant 




The Sabres MYHL Squirt hockey team won the Motown Cup tournament in Detroit over President’s Day Weekend.  The Sabres had no losses during the tournament, finishing with 2 wins and 2 ties.  Their opponents were from Illinois and Michigan.  The Sabres played with great Spirit and Discipline throughout the tournament, allowing a total of only 3 goals against in the first 3 games.  The Championship game was tied 3 to 3 at the end of regulation vs. The Ann Arbor Spitfires.  Then, 40 seconds into Sudden Death Overtime, The Sabres scored and won The Championship.  The team showed great effort the entire tournament and so did the parents, braving the snow and ice during their travels up to and throughout Detroit! The victory was particularly impressive as many of the players on this mixed ’03 / ’04 team are playing their first season beyond the ADM program and one player is a 2005! It was a great weekend and the team was very proud to represent Cincinnati Hockey in Detroit Michigan!  Congratulations to the Players, Parents and Coaches DeGroft, Behling, Brands, Henry and Crouch!


The Sabres mite hockey team won the Rock’n’Roll Tournament Cup in Cleveland, OH over MLK weekend.  The team went 7-1 playing in the Jamboree mite format, playing  teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.   The team played extremely well, and just as importantly, represented the Cincinnati Swords hockey organization very well.  The coaches were approached by other coaches complimenting the team on their sportsmanship and “class’.   The hotel staff did the same, acknowledging that our boys and families were well behaved and showed manners throughout the whole weekend.  Congratulations to the student athletes for their championship trophy.  We also want to recognize the parents for giving them the opportunity and instilling upon them good sportsmanship and good effort.  Finally, for the Cincinnati Swords organization for organizing and teaching them the game of hockey. 

Good Effort, Good Attitude, and Good sportsmanship all the way around!  Go Sabres!
Coaches Ganz, Cornic, Doxsey, and Best and Team GM Ken Kirby



The Pee Wee Minor Cincinnati Swords will represent the region in the Silver Sticks International Tournament after an exciting regional championship game that pitted Toledo vs. the hometown Cincinnati Swords. Both teams outlasted the powerful field to get to the championship game which included; Nashville, Indianapolis, Columbus and St. Jude (Chicago). 
The championship game started off slow for the Swords, falling behind two nill in the first six minutes of play.  After some adjustments, the defense and goal tending stiffened which allowed the offense to battled back. With Cincinnati down 2-0 the Swords were able to notch a power play goal late in the second period drawing closer to Toledo 2-1. The Swords continue to apply pressure in the 3rd period scoring the equalizer with only three minutes to play.  With  unrelenting pressure and momentum the Cherokees were able to fend off the Swords in the last three minutes to keep the score knotted at 2-2 after regulation and forcing a 5 minute, 4 on 4 overtime period. Things looked bleak for the Swords with one minute into overtime when the Swords picked up a penalty and forced them on a 4 on 3 penalty kill. The Swords penalty killers rose to the occasion and killed off the penalty with ease and continued to pressure Toledo.  As a shootout seemed inevitable, the Swords created an exciting breakaway opportunity with only 8 seconds remaining in OT.  With a trip to Canada on the line, the Cherokee goalie made a spectacular save and deflected the puck over the net. Just then as time ticked away, the puck was scooped up and quickly wrapped around, to the surprise of the Toledo faithful, for a game winning goal with :01 on the clock. The Gardens erupted in disbelief and the on ice celebration was on!
With the win, the Cincinnati Swords earned the right to play in the International Silver Stick Championship tournament being held January 16-19 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. 

2000 Cincinnati Swords Sweep Silver Sticks Regional

The 2000 Cincinnati Swords completed a 4 game sweep to win the Mid-America Region Bantam Minor AA Silver Sticks tournament. With the win, the team earns a birth in the Silver Sticks Finals January 16-19 in Newmarket, Ontario. The Swords completed victories in pool play against the Columbus Capitals, Charlotte Jr. Checkers and Toledo Cherokees. They completed the sweep with a 2-0 victory in the Championship game when they faced off against the Capitals for a second time. This was a significant accomplishment for the team considering the number of new players, as well as this being the first year under Coach Barret Ehgoetz's leadership.


Showcase Shootout in Columbus
SQ2- Coach Dennis

It was an early morning for the players, and the journey to Columbus was underway.  As we arrived to Nationwide Arena, the nerves were high.  The Cincinnati Swords Squirts where faced with fierce competition from all over Ohio.  Ranging from A to AA teams from Cincinnati, Dayton, Easton, Columbus, Newark, Findlay, Athens, and Cleveland.  There was a 13 team bracket, after 3 rounds for each Cincinnati White and Cincinnati Black, both teams had dominated their competition.  There was only 3 teams left including Easton.  Cincinnati White faced Cincinnati Black for the finals.  The Cincinnati Black was huddled in one corner working on strategies, while the Cincinnati White was in another corner doing the same.  As a coach I witnessed 8 players from the same team facing the tough challenge of playing against each other.  The Cincinnati Black defeated the Cincinnati White by 1 goal in the final decision to eliminate the Cincinnati White.  Cincinnati Black will face Easton for the final round live at Nationwide Arena on April 6th, 2014