Three North Country youth hockey teams are returning home today without a national championship trophy, but all put in a good showing at tournaments in San Jose, Calif. and Charlotte, N.C. over the weekend.
Two of those teams reached the finals of their national championship divisions, but neither came away with the trophy.
A third North Country team made it to the semi-final round, but were stopped there.
The Vermont Shamrocks beat the Potsdam Icestorm in Sunday's Tier II girls 16U hockey national championship game in San Jose.
The girls were unbeaten going into the final on Sunday.
The Icestorm beat the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins Friday by a score of 3-1. The Griffins were the first team to get one in net against the Icestorm during the tournament.
Saturday, in the quarter-final and semi-final matchups, the Icestorm beat the Arizona She Wolves 6-2 and the east Coast Wizards 3-2 to reach the championship game.
In the final matchup, the Icestorm fell to the Shamrocks 4-1
The St. Lawrence Thunder Tier II 14U girls won their quarter-final game Saturday against the Cape Cod Storm 4-3 in San Jose, but were stopped in the semi-final matchup against the Alaska All Stars, 2-1.
The St. Lawrence Thunder Bantams 14U boys team posted two wins Saturday, 6-0 over the Red Bank Generals and 5-4 over the Falcons, earning a spot on the ice for Sunday's championship game in Charlotte.
The boys lost in overtime, 3-2 against champions the Ohio Selects.