Local hockey players in U-18 nationals
PITTSFIELD -- The CP Dynamo team of Clifton Park, N.Y., is in Green Bay, Wis., this week to participate in the Tier I Under-18 National Hockey Championships.
Ordinarily, that would be of little note in the Berkshires. But the Dynamo have a pair of local high school players on their roster.
Mike Perkett of Pittsfield High School and Clem Ferris of Taconic, both 18, suit up for the Dynamo.
The tournament features the top 16 teams in the country, according to head coach Matt Shaver.
Perkett, a defenseman, has scored 14 goals and added 31 assists. His five power play scores are third best on the team. Ferris, a forward, has 22 assists and 24 goals. The latter total is second-best on the squad.
The team is led by last year's New York State Player of the Year, Tyler Bullard, who has 41 goals and 45 assists for 86 goals in 59 games. Their record is 43-11-5.
The boys practice three times a week, and play prep schools in the U.S. and Canada. They also participate in three days of conditioning drills.
"This is a huge commitment for the boys so they can play a sport they love," Shaver said.
The team defeated the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 1-0 in overtime to win the state tournament played in Amherst, N.Y.
The national tournament will feature 16 teams in round-robin play. The top eight teams advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals all played next weekend.
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