Sanderson, Sioux Falls Power Head to 16U National Hockey Tournament

Sanderson, Sioux Falls Power Head to 16U National Hockey Tournament

Las Vegas, NV – Pierre native Carter Sanderson and the 16U Sioux Falls Power will begin the first round of the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament in Las Vegas versus the Dallas Stars Elite on Tuesday, April 2, at 9:15 A.M. pacific time.

The Power went 43-19 during the regular season and enter the tournament as the twelfth seed in the 16-team field.

Sanderson led the team with 35 goals, breaking the all-time single-season goals total for the Power 16U. He also led the team with 69 points, another single-season Power 16U record….

Sioux Falls is coached by Noelle Needham, a co-founder of the Power, former assistant general manager for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, and former NHL Scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs…

Forward Sam Spehar, a Chaska, MN native, University of Denver commit, and the all-time points leader for the 16U Power, is playing in his first national tournament…

Sioux Falls faced the Stars Elite earlier in the season, notching a 4-1 victory in Dallas on November 17th….

As the Power prepare for the first game of the 2024 national tournament, Coach Needham talked about her approach…

The Power will play three games in pool play: the Stars Elite on April 2, Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers at 6:30 P.M. pacific on April 3, and the Chicago Mission at 4:00 P.M. pacific on April 4. The top two teams in the pool will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, April 5. All games are streamed on USA Hockey TV (

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Story from Nathan Sanderson, Picture from Tiffany Sanderson