CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The suburbs of Pittsburgh was the showcase ground for much of the United States’ top-end talent in the 16U and 14U age groups over the past weekend.
With 16 teams partaking in each division, good hockey was not a rarity as the opportunity to play alongside the USHL Fall Classic and the countless scouts that come with it was surely a motivator throughout.
Our first installment focuses on the tournament’s 16U Division, which featured some particularly high-calibre hockey that’s bolstered by the return of a number of quality ’01-born players.
For us, the focus was geared towards the 02’s, with no shortage of top-end OHL Draft-eligible talent in the house. Well, houses, as our time was largely split between the state-of-the-art UPMC Lemieux Complex and Robert Morris’ twin-pad facility that lies no more than 20 minutes south.
While Antonio Stranges quickly proved he was the star of stars, Wyatt Schingoethe and Landon Slaggert were just a few of the other big names that did well to showcase their talent. While the same can’t be said for everyone there, we can say this was a weekend that goes another step further in painting the picture of how this ’02 crop will ultimately turn out.
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