The Alaska Icebreakers of Fairbanks are the only undefeated team among seven Alaska entries at various USA Hockey national youth championships after racking a shootout victory Thursday in the Tier II 14-U event in Frisco, Texas.
The Icebreakers (2-0-0) won for the second straight day, beating the Buffalo Regals, 4-3, courtesy of Caitlin Miscovich's shootout winner. Lisa Laiti, Jacqueline Lundberg and Summer Britton each scored goals in regulation for the Icebreakers.
The only other Alaska team to win Thursday was the Alaska All Stars 14-U boys -- they beat the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association 3-2 at the Tier II tournament in Wayne, N.J., despite trailing 2-0 less than seven minutes into the game.
But the All Stars (1-1-0) rallied on goals from Blake Halfpenny (he also had an assist) and Jacob Garman, and Luke Miller's game-winning power-play strike in the second period. Kevin Lake made 21 saves for the All Stars, who killed all nine Montgomery power plays, including three inside the final seven minutes.
At the boys Tier I 12-U tournament in Williamsville, N.Y., the Anchorage North Stars (0-2-0) fell 5-4 to the Mid Fairfield Blues despite a four-goal outburst from Anchorage's Cameron Hausinger. Mackenzie Fair furnished the North Stars two assists and Isaiah Saville made 36 saves. The game tilted back and forth -- the North Stars trailed 3-0 inside eight minutes, tied the game in the second period and surrendered goals 47 seconds apart late in the second period.
The Alaska Blue Devils Tier II boys (1-1-0) fell 6-3 to the Affton Americans (Mo.) in Virginia after leading 3-2 late in the second period. The Blue Devils received goals from Joshua Linn, Gunnar Stadem and Andrew Beckett.
At the Tier II 18-U tournament in Lansing, Mich., the Southcentral Alaska Wolves boys (0-1-1) lost their second straight 2-1 game, falling in regulation to the Tri-City Jr. Americans (Wash.). Bradley Hudson scored for the Wolves and Nelson Carpentier made 17 saves.
Team Alaska (1-1-0), playing at the Tier II girls 19-U event in Texas, lost 4-1 to the Chazy Lady Flyers. Kaitlin Miknich racked a short-handed goal for Alaska and Madi Davis made 33 saves. The Alaskans were outshot 37-12.
The Eagle River Glacier Bears (0-2-0) made their first appearance at the Tier II 16-U boys tournament in Green Bay, Wis., and lost twice, 6-2 to the Fort Wayne Komets (Ind.) in a penalty-filled game -- 22 total power plays -- and 16-3 to the Ashburn Xtreme (Va.). Hunter Hanson scored a goal in each game for Eagle River, Quinn Hulse had a goal in the first game and Brett Wood furnished two goals and a helper in the second game.
At the boys Tier I 18-U tournament in New York, Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) got two assists from defenseman Truman Reed of Anchorage in a 2-0 win over the Connecticut Wolfpack. Shattuck (1-1-0) also includes forwards Hunter Fejes and Ryan Schwalbe of Anchorage.
The Tier I 16-U girls team from Shattuck (1-1-0), which includes Taylor Schwalbe of Anchorage, lost 3-2 to the Chicago Young Americans.