Bantam AA1 team advances to quarterfinals at USA Hockey National Championships

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Bantam AA1 team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tier II USA Hockey National Championships after its 3-2 victory over the Boston Jr. Eagles today (Friday) in Hackensack, N.J.

The Brandon Convery-coached Jr. Kings, who finished the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record, will face off against Pennsylvania's Warwick Wildcats (2-1) in the quarters on Saturday at 7 a.m. PST.

Against the Jr. Eagles, Lucas Bachofner struck for a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and Robbie Rosenblood picked up three assists. Between the pipes, goaltender Griffin King turned back 38 shots.


The Jr. Kings’ 16U AAA Major squad concluded nationals with a 1-2 record, culminating in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis Blues AAA in its final game on Friday.

Evan Johnson tallied all three Jr. Kings goals in defeat, and Kailer Yamamoto recorded three assists.


With a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes on Day 3, the Bantam Major team wrapped up its national tournament with a 1-1-0-1 record.

Cole Guttman struck for a goal and an assist for the Jr. Kings, and Cooper Haar added two assists.


The Jr. Kings’ 18U AAA club finished nationals with a 0-3 mark after falling to Michigan’s Belle Tire, 3-1, in its final preliminary game on Friday.

Timothy Vitta connected for the L.A. marker (shorthanded).


The program’s three participating Tier I teams - Midget 18U AAA, 16U AAA Major and Bantam Major - played their national tournaments in Green Bay, Wis.

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