Bantam Majors show well at Regionals

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Bantam Major team came up just short of earning a berth to next month’s USA Hockey National Championships after falling to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, 3-2, in the championship game of their division at this year's Pacific District Regional Tournament, which was contested last weekend (March 6-8) at Sharks Ice-San Jose.

The Jr. Kings, led by coaches Shawn Pitcher and Jeff Turcotte, finished regionals with a 1-1-0-1 mark in the round-robin portion of the tournament, defeating the Sno-King Jr. Thunderbirds, 5-1, and San Jose Jr. Sharks, 4-3 in overtime, before falling to the Jr. Ducks, 7-0.

Forward Callahan Neuroth struck for a team-high four points (one goal) at regionals for L.A., while goaltenders Mattias Sholl and Connor Duffy shared time between the pipes.

This weekend, the Jr. Kings’ Bantam AA1 team, led by coach Andrew Stone, will vie for a trip to nationals as they compete in the California Amateur Hockey Association Tier II state tournament, which will run from March 13-15 at Iceoplex-Escondido.

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