By Jim den Hollander
Off season hockey rolls on, giving RWD junior John Scott a chance to not only prepare for an upcoming varsity tournament while helping the Wisconsin Blue Devils 16U squad to a solid third place showing at the 2021 Summer Showdown Showcase Tournament.
The tournament brought the Blue Devils squad based out of Tomah, to a familiar venue, the National Sports Center Super Rinks in Blaine, Minn.
Scott collected two goals and two assists over the weekend, getting the team to within a goal of the championship game and ultimately finishing in third spot.
Scott, a forward for the RWD Cheavers was attending his third and final summer tournament with the Blue Devils. Next weekend he will join his RWD teammates at a High School varsity off season event hosted by the Middleton Cardinals at Capitol Ice in Middleton.
The eight 16U teams at the Summer Showdown played in two four-team pools, beginning Friday. Limited ice time in the off-season months means the Blue Devils look to rediscover on ice chemistry each time out and on this weekend, the team was better with each game, beginning with a so/so effort against the Midwest Knights hockey club, playing to a 2-2 draw on Friday (June 11) evening.
The Blue Devils played a tight defensive game with the Magic Selects, an affiliate of the Tier 2 junior Minnesota Magicians out of Richfield, Minn. In the end, the Selects held on for a 1-0 win, but the Blue Devils rallied back Saturday night with a lopsided 6-1 win against the Steel Shots which was good enough to rank second in pool play and advance to the Championship semifinals.
Seeded fourth in the playoff round, the Blue Devils came up against the top seeded Minnesota Freeze, pushing that team to the final buzzer, but ultimately falling 3-2.
The loss pushed the Blue Devils to a Consolation (third place) final against the same Magic Selects it fell to the previous day, but this time it was the Devils racking up seven goals and a 7-0 shutout win.
Meanwhile the Freeze captured the Championship trophy, avenging a Friday night loss to the Global Prospects Academy with a 6-2 win, the team’s fourth straight victory.