Anchorage — The Alaska Junior Aces' line of Kenny Hausinger, Lane Bauer and Steven Orizotti was just too much for the San Jose (Calif.) Junior Sharks in a opening-round, U-18 game of the USA Hockey Pacific District Tier I championships at the Subway Sports Centre.
All three skaters delivered four-point games in the Aces' 7-4 win -- Hausinger furnished a hat trick and one assist, Bauer struck for two goals and two assists, and Orizotti provided four helpers. The line struck from three goals in the opening seven-plus minutes, which prompted San Jose to use its timeout. Those early salvos by the Aces proved the difference in the game.
The Aces also received two goals from William Harren, two assists from Tyler Andrews and 20 saves from Owen Carlson.
San Jose's goals were scored by John Godfrey, Trevor Jensen, Igor Leonenko and Joshua Vaughan. Sean Tannenbaum made 30 saves.
In the other U-18 game, Thomas Plese and Joseph Kazupski each bagged hat tricks to spearhead the Los Angeles Junior Kings to a 6-1 win over the Las Vegas Storm.
Plese also added two assists and goaltender Niko Dellamaggiore stopped 14 shots. Taylor Maruya had two assists for the Kings.
Las Vegas' Bradley Robertson made 27 saves and Kenneth Luzak scored the Storm's lone goal.
The winners of the tournament in three divisions -- U-18, U-16 and U-14 -- earn berths in next month's national championships. The tournament continues Friday and Saturday, with championship games set for Sunday.
The Junior Aces and Junior Kings meet Friday in a 4 p.m. game.
Aces 3, Ducks 1
Drake Glover scored two goals and the Alaska Junior Aces scored all their goals on special teams in a 3-1 defeat of the Anaheim (Calif.) Junior Ducks.
Glover scored on the power play and short-handed, and Brandon Sakamoto added a short-handed strike to support Kris Oldham's 17 saves.
Riley Hummitsch scored for the Ducks, who got 23 saves from Tyler Caronia.
Kings 11, Storm 0
Robert Jackson blew up for four goals, including two in a four-goal first period, and added a helper to spur the Los Angeles Junior Kings to a 11-0 win over the Las Vegas Storm.
Alec Mehr racked two goals for the Kings, Ty Comrie had one goal and three assists, and Jonathan Marzec generated three assists. The Kings outshot the Storm 56-15.
Kings goalie Evan Sarthou pocketed the shutout and the Storm's Scott Albertoni fended off 45 shots.
Wenatchee 3, Eagles 0
Austin Piquette's 21 saves lifted the Wenatchee (Wash.) Junior Wild to a 3-0 win over the Mat-Su Eagles.
Wenatchee received even-strength goals from Zach Paxman, Christos Koukis and Duncan Cochrane.
Lauren Massie made 35 saves for the Eagles.
Grizzlies 4, Wenatchee 3 (OT)
The Alaska Grizzlies never trailed, but still needed Ethan Daniels' second goal of the game 3 minutes, 9 seconds into overtime to earn a 4-3 victory over the Wenatchee (Wash.) Junior Wild.
Gabriel Rankin assisted on Daniels' winner and finished with one goal and two helpers. Richard Stickle also scored for the Grizzlies, who got 11 saves from Eric Yancey. The Grizzlies and Wild were tied 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3.
Max Flynn stopped 28 shots for Wenatchee, which received goals from Kyle Katras, Brody Wasell and Jared Gaylord.
Ducks 4, Aces 1
Garrett Nieto's 14 saves and Paul Selleck's goal and assist sparked the Anaheim (Calif.) Junior Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Alaska Junior Aces.
Jacob McGrew, Ryan Gil and Evan Gray also scored for Anaheim. Tyler Miknich furnished the Aces' only goal on a penalty shot and Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 shots.
Kings 6, All Stars 0
Kailer Yamamoto and Sean Cullinane each delivered three-point game to spark the Los Angeles Junior Kings to a 6-0 win over the Alaska All Stars.
Yamamoto contributed two goals and an assist, and Cullinane had one goal and two assists. Jared Christy had one goal and one assist, and Dominic Bosetti snuffed 16 shots for the shutout. The Kings also received goals from Logan McColgan and Peter Shin.