Jr. Coyotes squads capture slew of state, district championships
Quite literally, it has been another banner year for the Jr. Coyotes.
All four Tier I teams (14U, 15 Only, 16U, 18U) captured Arizona Amateur Hockey Association state championships in February, while three Elite teams (10U, 11U, 12U) did the same last month, in addition to the 16U Tier II team.
The 15 Only and 16U Tier I teams and 16U Tier II team will also play for USA Hockey national championships beginning this weekend.
“There is no community like the hockey community and CAHA is proud and honored that the involvement of the Coyotes reaches deeper than the crest on the jersey,” said CAHA Elite travel hockey director Marc Fritsche. “We are fortunate to have direct ties to the NHL and specifically the Coyotes on many of the teams. Having the support of former NHL players as coaches and parents provides invaluable examples for our young players. It’s exciting to see how far this program and youth hockey in the southwest overall has come.
“To represent the state at Nationals is an experience these players will never forget. The exposure for the players and the program itself is something to be proud of and build from.”
14U Tier I: After a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1, the Jr. Coyotes swept the Arizona Bobcats after a 7-1 win on Feb. 10 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Jaden Lipinski scored twice, while Simon Rokhlin had a goal and two assists to back Nicholas Hansen’s 24 saves in goal.
15 Only Tier I: The Jr. Coyotes swept the Bobcats with a 5-0 shutout on Feb. 10 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Michael Brown stopped all eight shots he faced for the shutout. Ty Nash and Matthew Gross each tallied a goal and two assists apiece to pace the offensive attack.
16U Tier I: With a 5-2 win on Feb. 10 at the Ice Den Scottsdale, the Jr. Coyotes took both games from the Bobcats. Logan Valkama’s hat trick led the way offensively and Josh Doan and Riley Stuart drew a pair of assists each. In goal, Jake Hall finished with nine saves to get the win.
18U Tier I: On Feb. 10 at the Ice Den Scottsdale, Grant Ziegler posted a goal and an assist as the Jr. Coyotes swept the Bobcats with a 3-1 win. Logan Bellar and Tyler Kiley-Ram also scored and Craig Perry turned aside 15 shots between the pipes to garner the victory.
16U Tier II: The Jr. Coyotes swept the DYHA Jr. Sun Devils, wrapping up March 17 at Oceanside Ice Arena with a 2-1 overtime win as Michael Doherty scored both, including the winner. George Serbin made 20 saves in goal.
10U Elite: With a 4-2 win over the Arizona Hockey Union, the Jr. Coyotes’ 10U Elite team secured the 12U Mesquite Division championship March 3 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Levi Shepard and Blake Ram each scored two goals and Joel Anderson made 26 saves in goal.
11U Elite: The Jr. Coyotes’ 11U Elite team captured the 12U Cactus Division title with a 3-0 win over the Jr. Coyotes’ 12U Elite team at the Ice Den Scottsdale on March 3. Jacob Brumm pitched a 19-save shutout to lead the Jr. Coyotes.
12U Elite: The Jr. Coyotes won the 12U Pinnacle Division with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bobcats on March 3 at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Jacob Solano was the OT here at the 3:43 mark of the extra session. Daniel Rassega added two goals in regulation, while Caleb Mahar also scored, Carson Kamin tacked on two assists and goalie Benjamin Vatis stopped 27 shots. Quinn Huseby had tied the game for the Bobcats at 9:25 of the third period.
Both the 15 Only and 16U Tier I teams also won Rocky Mountain District championships March 17 in Colorado.
— Matt Mackinder
(April 2, 2019)