Each week, NORCAL Hockey selects three teams, players, coaches or volunteers as their Three Stars of the Week. Winners will be featured during an intermission report on an FSN Bay Area telecast during a Sharks game and on SJSHARKS.com. Here are this week’s winners.
Fresno Jr. Falcons
Congratulations to the Fresno Jr. Falcons!! This Pee Wee “B” team, 12 and under, finished a remarkable season by clinching first place in the NorCal Pee Wee B championships in Vacaville. With the win the Jr. Falcons will now be representing all of Northern California in the State Championships which will be held right here in San Jose on April 13th through April 15th.
The Jr. Falcons, consisting of 16 players, had an amazing season finishing undefeated with a record of 24-0-2. With players from Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, and San Luis Obispo, the Jr. Falcons finished with 167 goals scored to only 53 against. The hot streak continued in the playoffs as Fresno won all four of their games on the way to the championship. For the year, the Jr. Falcons gave up only 2.038 goals against, an average that dipped to 1.25 during the playoffs.
With four players registering one or more hat tricks throughout the season and one player with 12 the Jr. Falcons seem well on their way to bringing the state title back to Northern California. Way to go Fresno Jr. Falcons!
Tom Corliss and Ken Felton
After spending five years coaching a core group of competitive roller hockey players, Tom Corliss and Ken Felton decided to commit their hockey knowledge to the Stockton Colts. During their first year as ice coaches, they were effective in developing a fairly diverse group of Bantam B players into a very cohesive team. The two continued with an ongoing tradition of promoting strong team play as opposed to individual stars. The efforts paid off as they were able to overcome many of the challenges that come along with inexperienced players. The team might have fallen short of the playoffs, but the leadership skills and strong attention to fundamentals of Tom and Ken shined through as the team had a fun and exciting season for both players and families alike.
Elena Orlando is a fourteen year old who formerly played hockey for the Vacaville Vipers, Berkeley Bulldogs, California Gold Rush, and the California Northstars. Currently, Elena attends Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota. Elena is an honor student and is the only Californian in the Shattuck’s girl’s hockey program. She is one of the top scorers on the U16 team and is the first line mate of Logan Murray, Andy Murray’s niece. Elena is also a classmate of Wayne Gretzky’s son, Ty.
Elena will be in town this week for the Girl’s National Championships which are being held at the Logitech Ice Center. She will be attending the Friday March 30th Sharks game vs. the Coyotes with her teammates and is hoping to meet Ty’s dad. Good Luck Elena and congratulations on you hockey and school success.