Ice Hawks win state title

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Bantam U-14 ice hockey team won the 2009-10 Alaska State Hockey Association Bantam Tier III State Championship on Monday.

The Ice Hawks defeated the Juneau Black Bears in 2-1 in overtime. Team captain Jacob Olena scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway three minutes into the extra period.

During regulation time, Juneau took the early lead 1-0 in the first period.

Hunter Lott, assisted by Olena, provided the tying goal for the Ice Hawks in the second period. Ice Hawks goaltender Cody Harvey allowed only one goal on 26 shots.

Goaltender Conner Pearson also posted strong performances in round-robin play, back stopping the KPHA bantams to two qualifying victories including a 9-0 shutout against the Wasilla Junior Avalanche in the tournament's opening game.

The KPHA bantams went 6-0 during the tournament in an 11-team field. The leading tournament goal scorers for KPHA were Olena and Nick Wrobel with seven goals apiece. The assist leader was Trevor Wagoner with seven assists. Wagoner also provided three goals.

Asa Johnson, Hunter Lott, Jake Eubank, and Ty Fenton combined for 13 goals in the tourney. Olena was the overall points leader with 11.

The Ice Hawks scored 31 goals in the tourney while allowing just 10 goals against in six games. Twelve team members tallied points in tournament for the Ice Hawks.

The Ice Hawks were sponsored by Orca Theaters this season and coached by Shawn Stone. The assistant coaches included Rick Johnston and Dale Richardson. Michelle Wrobel was the team manager.

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