Alaska youth teams flex power at national tournaments

sports@adn.comApril 4, 2013 

— The Alaska All Stars Tier I girls U-19 team remained undefeated at the USA Hockey national tournament on Thursday and the Alaska Junior Aces Tier I U-18 boys kept alive their quest to qualify for the playoffs at nationals.

Thursday proved a strong day for Alaska's seven entries at various national tournaments in Tier I, the highest level of American youth hockey, and Tier II. Alaska's teams went 5-0-2 and are a combined 9-3-2 through two days of play.

The All Stars girls (2-0-0) used Bailey Wright's hat trick and Monica Elvin's 26-save gem to seize a 3-0 win over the Mid Fairfield (Conn.) Stars in San Jose, Calif.

Katie Nokelby delivered two assists and Kayla Haus furnished a helper. Elvin has stopped 44 of 45 shots in two games and surrendered only a power-play goal.

In Pittsburgh, the Junior Aces (0-1-1) fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Colorado Thunderbirds, who also won the shootout 2-1.

Tyler Andrews scored Alaska's goal with a power-play one-timer from the slot off a Kenny Hausinger feed to open the scoring. Steven Orizotti also assisted. Colorado's power-play goal in the third period forced overtime, which was scoreless and triggered the shootout.

The Junior Aces can still qualify for Saturday's elimination round if they beat the Washington Little Capitals on Friday and Colorado loses to Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)

Here's how Alaska's other teams fared across the country in tournaments that wrap round-robin play on Friday and move to elimination games Saturday and Sunday:


Tier II Girls

U-14 -- The Alaska All Stars remained perfect (2-0-0) in San Jose with a 3-2 win over the Connecticut Ice Cats that was sparked by two goals from Estee Frantz and one from Kirsten Watts.

Watts' third-period goal staked the Alaskans to a 3-0 lead and Vandalyn Hudson (25 saves) made it stand up.


Tier II Boys

U-18/1A -- Ben Heafer's hat trick spearheaded the Alaska Wolves' comeback from a two-goal deficit for a 5-3 victory over the Mission Arizona Ice in Hartford, Conn.

Nick Almsay racked the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes to go and Karson Frisk added an insurance goal with less than four minutes left. Dustin Fritz stopped 35 shots to backstop the Wolves (1-1-0).

U-16/1A -- Jake Eubank bagged a hat trick that included an unassisted overtime goal to lift the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks (2-0-0) to a 6-5 victory over the Utah Junior Grizzlies in Troy, Mich.

Eubank also had an assist, and Trevor Wagner generated one goal and three assists. Dalton Dosko and Thomas Bowe also scored goals for Kenai.

U-16/2A -- Despite two goals from Dawson Ellingsworth and a 44-19 advantage in shots on goal, the Alaska North Stars fell 5-4 in overtime to Affton (Mo.) in Troy.

Austin Walker and James Batman scored goals for the North Stars (0-1-1).

U-14/2A -- Ronan Klancher made 40 saves and the Alaska All Stars converted on three of eight power plays to register a 5-4 victory over the Charlotte Junior Checkers in Charlotte, N.C.

John Hammer led the All Stars (2-0-0) with one goal and three assists, and Zachary Krajnik contributed one goal and two helpers. Davis Offord, Mackenzie Fair and Andrew Beckett also scored goals for Alaska.


Other Alaskans

Taylor Schwalbe of Anchorage scored two goals and added an assist to help the Shattuck-St. Mary's U-16 girls remain unbeaten (2-0-0) at the Tier I tournament in San Jose with a 9-1 win over the Colorado Selects.

Schwalbe has scored four goals and one assist in two games.

And defenseman Truman Reed of Anchorage notched an assist for the second straight game and the Shattuck-St. Mary's U-18 boys remained perfect (2-0-0) in the Tier I tournament in Pittsburgh with a 6-3 win over the Mid Fairfield (Conn.) Blues.



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