The Piedmont Predators 19U AA team captured a berth to the USA Hockey National Championships on Sunday March 6th at Ashburn Ice House. The Predators 19U AA finished 2nd in the USA Hockey Southeast District Tournament, giving them the second spot to represent the Southeast District at USA Hockey National Championships. The team started the tournament strong with a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Eagles on Friday. Goals were scored by Autumn Frear, Polina Zubarev, Ella Phillips, Emily Permut and Emily Townsend. Goalie Liz Moller earned the win, saving 16 of 18 Tri-City shots. On Saturday, the girls continued their strong showing, with a 5-2 win over the Florida Alliance, with goals from Ariana Evans, Polina Zubarev, Kara Wann, Faith Jordan, and Zaneta Kocourkova. Goalie Maggie Cowden picked up the win, saving 12 of 14 Florida shots. This win clinched the second place spot in the tournament. The team finished the weekend with two games against the Nashville Jr. Predators. In the championship game on Sunday, the Preds fell 9-3 to the strong Nashville team. Piedmont goals were scored by Anika Degen, Emily Townsend, and Chloe Flye. The Preds will compete in the USA Hockey National Championships in West Chester, PA from March 31- April 4.