San Jose’s National Hockey League team isn’t the only “Sharks” squad in California playing meaningful hockey games. Last weekend on March 4-6, five Jr. Sharks teams (Tier I 18U boys, Tier I 19U girls, Tier I 14U girls, Tier I 14U boys and Tier II 12U girls) invaded Alaska, Anaheim and San Jose for their respective Pacific District Tournaments. (NOTE: Complete schedules and scores for all teams are listed at the end of this story.)
The Tier I 18U Jr. Sharks boys traveled to Anchorage, where they went 2-1 in the round robin and qualified for the championship game. They eventually lost to the California Stars in a thrilling 1-0 heartbreaker.
Three other San Jose teams traveled to Anaheim to compete in the Pacific District Tournament. One of those three teams, the Tier I 19U girls, won their first two games in a best-of-three series against Team Alaska, making them Pacific District Champions. They will now travel to Detroit to compete in the Tier I 19U Girls National Championships on April 4-6.
Also playing in Anaheim, the Tier I 14U girls team went 1-3 in the round robin, qualifying for the championship game, but ultimately losing to the Anaheim Lady Ducks, 2-1.
Finally, the Tier II 12U girls team went 3-0 in the round robin, allowing only one goal in the three games. They defeated the Lady Reign in the championship game, 9-1, to also become Pacific District Champions. They will now compete for the Tier II 12U Girls National Championship in Anaheim on March 30-April 3.
There was one Jr. Sharks team that was able to play on home ice in front of a familiar crowd. The Tier I 14U boys team competed at the Pacific District Tournament in San Jose. They qualified for the semifinal game, ultimately losing to the LA Selects, 4-3.
The Pacific District is one of USA Hockey’s 12 established districts across the country. The affiliates of the Pacific District include Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.
“The success that the Jr. Sharks saw at these tournaments is really a testament to the effort these kids put forth and their passion for the game,” said Jon Gustafson, general manager of Sharks Ice. “The kids are really having fun playing this sport and it shows on the ice. The continued growth of hockey in the community and the Bay Area is exciting to watch.”
The Sharks organization congratulates all of the Jr. Sharks for their great efforts in the Pacific District Tournaments. Good luck to the Tier I 19U girls and the Tier II 12U girls at the National Championships!
For more information regarding the Pacific District National Tournament, please visit: http://www.usahockey.com/pacific_distr2/default.aspx
Jr. Sharks Tier I 18U
Thursday 3/3 - Jr. Sharks 4 vs. Alaska All Stars 2
Friday 3/4 - Jr. Sharks 6 vs. Wenatchee Wild 5
Saturday 3/5 - Jr. Sharks 1 vs. California Stars 3
Sunday 3/6 - Jr. Sharks 0 vs. California Stars 1 - Championship
Jr. Sharks Tier I 19U Girls Team
19U girls 1 vs. Team Alaska 0
19U girls 6 vs. Team Alaska 3 - Championship
Jr. Sharks Tier I 14U
Thursday 3/3 - Jr. Sharks 2 vs. Anchorage 3
Friday 3/4 - Jr. Sharks 2 vs. Spokane 3
Saturday 3/5 - Jr. Sharks 1 vs. LA Selects 5
Saturday 3/5 - Jr. Sharks 3 vs. LA Selects 4 – Semifinal
Jr. Sharks Tier I 14U Girls Team
Thursday 3/3 - Jr. Sharks 0 vs. Anaheim Lady Ducks 6
Thursday 3/3 - Jr. Sharks 0 vs. Anaheim Lady Ducks 5
Friday 3/4 - Jr. Sharks 1 vs. Alaska All Stars 2
Friday 3/4 - Jr. Sharks 6 vs. Alaska All Stars 2
Sunday 3/6 - Jr. Sharks 1 vs. Anaheim Lady Ducks 2 - Championship
Jr. Sharks Tier II 12U Girls Team
Thursday 3/3 - Jr. Sharks 3 vs. Alaska Icebreaker 0
Friday 3/4 - Jr. Sharks 5 vs. Alaska All Stars 0
Saturday 3/5 - Jr. Sharks 3 vs. Lady Reign 1
Sunday 3/6 - Jr. Sharks 9 vs. Lady Reign 1 – Championship