Duke brothers, Fox lead Compuware to Tier I 14U national title
Compuware is No. 1 in the country after winning the 2018 National Bantam Major crown.
The Dukes were a hazard for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite on Tuesday, April 10.
Brothers Dylan and Tyler Duke each scored in the second period as the Compuware AAA Bantam Major team defeated Pittsburgh 3-0, in Charlotte, NC, to win the 2018 USA Hockey Youth Tier I 14U National Championship.
“We approached this game no different than any other game,” Compuware coach Ryan Barnes told Red Line Editorial, Inc. “Our players believed in each other, stuck to the process and were able to come away with the win.”
Compuware goaltender Will Fox made 25 saves in the final to cap the team’s tremendous overall performance, going 6-0 and outscoring its opponents 25-6.
Tyler Duke, a defenseman, gave Compuware a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the second period when he scored off the rush on a pass from Sasha Pastujov.
“Sasha made a great pass to me across the seam, and I did my best to put it in the back of the net,” Tyler said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to score a goal in a national championship game.”
Dylan Duke made it 2-0 just 2:05 later when he converted a pass from Sterling Cooke just outside of the crease in front.
“It was a great play by my linemates,” Dylan Duke said. “They were battling down low, and Cookie got the puck to the front of the net. I’m glad I was able to finish off their hard work.”
Luke Wierengo added an empty-net goal with 1:16 left.
Compuware’s penalty kill was also a big factor in the game. The team killed off its final 18 penalties of the national tournament, including six on Tuesday morning.
“To come here and represent the state of Michigan is an absolute honor to begin with,” Dylan Duke said. “We’re all brothers, and to accomplish this with my real brother, it’s really special.”
Members of the Compuware AAA Bantam Major team are Will Fox, Tyler Duke, Ty Gallagher, Sam Volturo, Noah Laba, Adam Pietila, Sasha Pastujov, Sterling Cooke, Ryan Mast, Mekai Sanders, Austen May, Eddie Shepler, Luke Wierengo, Dylan Duke, Andrew Jeffers, Kaidan Mbereko, Redmond Savage, Jake Johnson and Bennett Barnes.