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Alaska’s Tier I hockey team is ousted but 5 Tier II teams still alive in USA Hockey national tournaments

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: 6 days ago
  • Published 6 days ago

Alaska’s lone Tier I team to qualify for a USA Hockey national championship tournament was eliminated in pool play but five out of seven of the state’s Tier II teams are still alive in their tournaments.

The Team Alaska U15 boys team lost three straight games in the Tier I national tournament in Dallas to fall out of contention for bracket play.

Among the Tier II teams, the Alaska All Stars U19 girls team went undefeated in three pool-play games to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals in their tournament in Denver, and the Alaska Oilers U18 boys team is 2-1 heading into a Sunday semifinal game in their tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Also in Denver, a pair of North Stars girls teams are 1-2 going into their final pool-play games Sunday. The North Stars U16 team faces Team South Dakota and the North Stars U14 team takes on Detroit Honeybaked in morning games.

A fourth girls team in Denver, the South Anchorage Oilers U16 team, was eliminated after three straight losses.

One other Tier II boys team is still wrapping up pool play in Dallas. The Alaska All Stars U14 boys team was 1-1 with a Saturday game remaining against the Carolina Junior Panthers of North Carolina and a Sunday game against Team South Dakota.

At the Tier II U16 boys tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Valley Thunder was eliminated after going 1-2 in pool play.