Michigan Mustangs win the 2011 U.S. PowerHockey Championships

Posted on August 17th, 2011

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The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) recently sent their travel team, the Michigan Mustangs to the 2011 U.S. PowerHockey Championships. The tournament took place August 5-7 at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania.

PowerHockey is the sport of floor hockey, in which the athletes compete in electric powered wheelchairs and have a wide range of disabilities. Michigan has had a travel PowerHockey team since 2000 and the Mustangs have competed in six previous tournaments; Toronto (2), North Carolina, Minnesota (2) and Calgary. In 2009 the Mustangs won Gold at the North Carolina Invitational, the following year in Toronto, the Mustangs won Silver at the 2010 North American PowerHockey Cup.

Led by Head Coach Steve Nelson, the Mustangs competed in this three day tournament against PowerHockey teams from Minnesota, North Carolina and Philadelphia.

The Mustangs' tournament began with a 9-5 win over the rival Minnesota Selects. The Round-Robin finished with the Mustangs defeating the Philadelphia Powerplay 8-4 (Kevin Konfara scoring 5-seconds into the 1st period) and the Carolina Fury 5-1. In the final day of the tournament the Mustangs defeated the Carolina Fury 5-0 with Frank Rogers getting the shutout and Zeljko Sreckovic scoring a hat-trick to put the Mustangs into the finals versus the Minnesota Selects.

For the third straight year Michigan met Minnesota in the finals of a PowerHockey Cup. Trailing in the game late into the 2nd period, the trio of Kevin Konfara, Anthony Nelson & Marty Witberg all tallied multiple goals and had a dominant 3rd period to lead the Mustangs to an 8-4 victory to become the first Official United States PowerHockey Champions.

Since 2009, the Michigan Mustangs have a record of 17-2-0

The Mustangs are a team of All-Stars from the WCHL. The WCHL was established in 1996 and is a four team, 40 player league of males and females ranging in age from 10 – 60+. It is a non-profit organization that offers a competitive league for people with various disabilities, who couldn’t normally play the sport of hockey.

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2011 Michigan Mustangs - U.S. PowerHockey Champions
29 - Chris Lemieux (C) - Windsor, ON
25 - Marty Witberg (A) - Sterling Heights, MI
7 - Jason Drapinski (A) - Pinckney, MI
3 - Frank Rogers - Detroit, MI
19 - Anthony Nelson - Westland, MI
20 - Zeljko Sreckovic - Emmett, MI
23 - Kevin Konfara - Dearborn Heights, MI
43 - Drew Canada - Clarkston, MI
77 - Josh Cueter - Troy, MI
89 - Dean Olivas - Livonia, MI

COACHES
5 - Steve Nelson - Westland, MI
81 - Rich Drapinski - Pinckney, MI
87 - Matt Winowski - DeWitt, MI
Michigan Mustangs 2011 U.S. PowerHockey Cup Championship Trophy
2011 Michigan Mustangs


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2 Comments

Colin Northrup - July 14th, 2011 at 8:42 PM
Good Luck guys and play well
Brian Hill - August 17th, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Congratulations to all of the Mustangs and coaching staff for a solid
performance in Philadelphia. Your dedication and persistence has paid off.
Your excellent record speaks volumes. Keep up the good work.
Brian Hill

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