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Menlo Park back in familiar position

Updated: November 22, 2017
This year’s 7th annual Golden Gate Cup proved to be no different from previous years, it was a very competitive tournament proving that you need to be a premier Floorball team in the US if you want to compete for the title.
This year we had the honor of hosting the Swedish Super League(SSL) referee, Thomas Andersson, as the main referee and mentor to our own US based referees during the tournament. Thomas comes with a very long and impressive resume, from refereeing SSL on a weekly basis in Sweden, to multiple World Championships, to the Champions League, etc., showing exactly why he is one of the best referees in the world. Having this level of referee helps to raise the bar for Floorball games in the US , it is a testament to the level of integrity that Floorball in the US is aiming for.
This year in Group A, Menlo Park came back in full force to capture their third consecutive Golden Gate Cup title. Menlo Park has only lost one game in the past three years and was unfortunately at the biggest stage of all, in the US Nationals semifinal this year against team Texas. It was obvious from the start of this game that they were on a revenge mission to wipe out the memory of their losing game. They cleaned up the group and secured a win without much resistance.
Behind Menlo Park was a tight battle between San Francisco and Colorado, fighting for second place in the group. San Francisco
played a solid game against Colorado and secured a 5 – 0 win to place second in Group A.
Group B was full of surprises. This year Sacramento showed that they will be a team to watch out for in the future by winning this group. Sacramento has come a long way since last year and won against both Fresno and San Jose in their respective matches. Cam Keener, a goal keeper from Texas, was on loan to Sacramento this time around. He had another great tournament and showed  exactly why he earned a spot on the US National team for the WFCQ against Canada next year. With no goals allowed in both games against Fresno and San Jose, Cam showed great progress in his continued development.
The final game was played between Menlo Park and San Francisco. Menlo Park played a very tactical game from the start and was able to put up 6 goals against San Francisco. Although the final score was 6 – 1, it did not reflect the intensity of the game, and San Francisco gave Menlo Park a good run for their money. Colorado placed 3rd after winning the bronze game. Overall, a well played tournament by all at the Silver Creek Sports Plex in San Jose.
Notable players:
MVP:Vladimir Michalik, Menlo Park, FbC
Best Goalie:Daniel Vik, Menlo Park, FbC
Most InspirationalTeam Sacramento FbC