The 2017 Adult Recreational Nationals concluded this past April with two teams from North Texas in the finals once again.
The defending national champion Texas Stampede 40 & Over team made it to the finals for the fourth time in 5 years. The championship game was a close affair with both teams displaying excellent passing and execution. The goalies each only let in one goal and at the end of regulation it was tied 1 – 1. The overtime was just as hard fought as the first three periods. The game ended on a well-placed shot by their opponents from Minnesota that found the top corner of the net.
The 50 & Over division found the Texas Stampede women in the championship game just as in 2016. All of their games with the exception of their first game were one goal affairs. Skating with only 9 skaters the entire tournament, they never- the- less made it to the semi-finals against an undefeated New England team. A 3 – 2 win in the semi’s put them into the finals against a team from Michigan that had defeated them 1 – 0 in pool play. Although they were skating their third game in 24 hours, the Stampede women came out determined. They used their speed and relentless pursuit to grind out a 2 – 1 victory in a physical battle and bring the championship trophy to Texas.