The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee C Tier 3 team won the Alaska USA State Hockey Association Tournament hosted by the Mat-Su Eagles in Wasilla from Thursday through Sunday. KPHA finished the tournament with a 5-0-1 record. KPHA’s season record is 39-13-4.
There were 10 teams at the tournament, split into two divisions. KPHA had both the youngest team, with four first-year PeeWees, and the smallest team, with 10 players, at the tournament.
KPHA defeated the Comets of Anchorage 8-1 in the championship game, with Tyler Marcuson getting four goals and an assist. Other goals came from Bubba Pearson, Shayne Miller, Jake Darrow and Matti Silta. Josh Stinett had three assists, Pearson had two assists, Miller had an assist and Torrey Johnson had an assist. Goalie Scott Haberman had 17 saves.
KPHA’s tie came in the first game of the tournament, a 3-3 game with the Comets. Johnson scored twice in the game, while Marcuson added a goal. Marcuson, Darrow and Johnson had assists, while Haberman had 17 saves.
KPHA got in the win column in the tourney’s second game, a 6-3 win over the Renegades of Fairbanks. Marcuson had three goals, while Pearson, James Bowen and Johnson added goals. Stinett had two assists, while Jake Norman, Darrow, Johnson and Marcuson added assists. Haberman had 14 saves.
KPHA kept on rolling by defeating the Mighty Moose of Anchorage 3-2. Norman had two goals, while Darrow added a goal. Assists went to Stinett, Miller and Marcuson. Haberman made 10 saves.
KPHA then defeated the Glacier Bears of Eagle River 1-0, with Haberman making 14 saves. Pearson, assisted by Norman, scored the game’s lone goal.
KPHA made its way to the championship game by defeating the Homer Glacier Kings 4-0, with Haberman making eight saves. Marcuson had two goals, while Miller and Norman added goals. Norman had two assists, while Pearson, Johnson and Stinett added assists.
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