EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ 18U AAA, 16U AAA Major and 14U AAA Major teams swept their way to this year’s Pacific District regional championships, finishing the tournament, which ran from March 6-9 at Sharks Ice-San Jose, with a perfect 13-0 record.
With the victories, all three teams will advance to the USA Hockey Tier I national championships, which will run from April 2-6 in Green Bay, Wis.
"On behalf of the Jr. Kings family, we couldn't be more proud of what these three teams accomplished this weekend at regionals," said Jr. Kings executive director Kelly Sorensen. "Their efforts in San Jose - and the entire season - speaks volumes to our commitment to providing the best coaching possible, and we congratulate the players, their families, the coaches and their staffs for outstanding efforts and wish them nothing but the best as they compete for national championships."
The 18U AAA team, led by Jack Bowkus, forged a 4-0 record in San Jose, including a 6-0 triumph over the Alaska Jr. Aces in the championship game.
Defenseman Cole Souto put home two goals in the finale, and forward Doc Gentzler added a goal and two assists. Between the pipes, goaltender Tyler Caronia turned back all 19 shots he faced.
In the 16U AAA division, the Jr. Kings’ Major team, coached by Louis Pacella, went 5-0 in its division, culminating in a 5-1 victory over the Jr. Aces in the finale.
Forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Matt Wiesner each connected for a goal and two assists in the championship game, and goaltender Garrett Nieto turned aside 13 shots.
In the 14U AAA bracket, the Shawn Pitcher-led Jr. Kings Major squad fashioned a 4-0 mark at regionals, including a 11-0 win over the San Jose Jr. Sharks in the title game.
Forward Cole Guttman rang up four goals and an assist in the championship tilt, and forwards Cameron Hausinger and John Luke Ormsby recorded hat tricks of their own (Hausinger also added an assist). Between the pipes, goaltender Rhett Bruckner stopped all 14 shots he faced.
All three Jr. Kings teams were crowned California Amateur Hockey Association state champions in their respective divisions last month at The Rinks-Lakewood Ice.
For more information on the Pacific District regionals, including the complete schedule, visit www.pacificdistricthockey.com
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