NEWS: Under 20 National Finals this weekend
May 16, 2019
The best under 20 teams in the country will be in Sheffield this weekend for the 2019 U20 Finals Weekend, to determine the English National Champions.
This fourth season of the Under 20 league saw teams play in two divisions, north and south, with the top two from each division making the playoffs.
Bauer Arena Ice Sheffield hosts the games, with two semi finals on Saturday followed by bronze medal game and National Final on Sunday.
Saturday’s action starts at 12noon with Billingham Stars against Sutton Sting, before Coventry Blaze face off with Sheffield Scimitars at 2.45pm.
The schedule for Sunday starts at 10.30am with the bronze medal game, before the respective semi final winners meet in the grand final at 1pm.
Admission at Bauer Arena is free for spectators, while the games are being covered by 247.tv on webcast. Click here to purchase your broadcasts.
JLMC chair Charles Dacres said: “The under 20s are at the top of our junior pyramid and this weekend will see our national champions crowned. A lot of our players are already playing senior hockey and there are several England and Great Britain players in the squads.
“I congratulate all four teams on reaching this finals weekend and wish them well in the playoff games. The JLMC look forward to welcoming the teams, their staff and spectators to Sheffield for what promises to be a great weekend.”
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Billingham Stars were winners of the north division, with 13 wins from 18 games. The Stars scoring was lead by Callum Wilkinson with 27 points (14+13) from 14 games, while Thomas Brown in net posted at 0.924 save percentage.
Sutton Sting finished runners up in the south division, winning 12 of 18 games. Sutton’s forward lines were headed by Brady Doxey who potted an impressive 47 points (25+22) in 15 games. In net Ben Ward and Lewis King shared the duties, posting 0.866 and 0.855 save percentages respectively.
Coventry Blaze are two-time English U20 champions and winners of last year’s British title against Fife Falcons. They won the south division this year with 14 wins from 18 games, their third divisional title. Daniel Kent is their top scorer with 18+24=42 points in 18 games, while leading goalie Luke Clark posted 0.931 save percentage with four shutouts.
Finally Sheffield Scimitars, the first British U20 winners in 2016, won 11 of their 18 games to finish second in the north division. Jack Brammer heads their scoring with 41 points (26+15) in 14 games. Between the pipes Evan Coles put up a save percentage of 0.899 in 13 games.