FOXBORO – New England Pro Am Hockey’s final Chowder Cup tournament of the summer concluded on Sunday afternoon. With the final curtain of the 2018 Mini Chowder Cup came the coronation of SHD New England as the tournament’s top team. They defeated the Quebec Prospects All-Blacks 1-0 to claim the 2004 division championship.
Quebec had the size and the skill, but SHD had the speed. Speed they used to their advantage, chasing everything down. The ’04 championship, however, was not a game for the offense, but a game for the defenses to stand out.
The game was played to the outside along the boards. Only one was yielded throughout the game, a Constantinos Raftis goal at 9:05. Despite the amount of time left in the contest and the quality of their chances, the All-Blacks could not break through as AJ Cooper posted his second consecutive shutout, having shutdown Fusion Hockey as well in the tournament’s semifinals.
Vincent Fillion was equally as impressive in the Quebec net, but Cooper shined that much brighter in securing the 1-0 win and the title of 2004 division Champion at the 2018 Mini Chowder Cup.
2018 Mini Chowder Cup 2004 All-Tournament Team
Billy Sancibrian (SHD New England), Joan Loshing and Jerome Nadeau (Quebec Prospects All-Blacks)
Nathan Novitsky (SHD New England) and PJ Forgione (Quebec Prospects All-Blacks)
AJ Cooper (SHD New England)
Most Valuable Player
Kyle Smyth (SHD New England)