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Jr. Ducks, Lady Ducks show well over Labor Day

 

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Six Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks teams captured banners at Labor Day Weekend tournaments earlier this month.

The Jr. Ducks won titles at Bantam AA and Midget 16U AA at the International Hockey Events OC Labor Day Hockey Festival – one of the largest AA and high school tournaments in the west. In its four years, the event has tripled in size, organizer Barry Sherer said.

At Bantam AA, Jr. Ducks 1 defeated Orange County Hockey Club, 5-0, to clinch the title. Five different players scored goals – Shane SwansonBryson Fletcher, Alex Villa, Tyler Kurth and Connor McMahan – and goaltender Nathan Lane stopped 11 shots. McMahan led the division with seven goals and 11 points. Teammate John Mulvihill totaled six and 10.

At 16U AA, the Jr. Ducks’ Bantam AAA team edged OC Hockey 1 in the finale, 4-3. Cody Sherman scored twice, including the game-winner, and Ryan Johnson and Jackson Niedermayer struck on the power play. Netminder Anderson Violette made 14 saves. Niedermayer and Sherman co-led the division with 11 points.

The Lady Ducks captured two titles at the Jr. Ducks’ Early Bird at The Rink-Anaheim Ice.

At Bantam A, the Lady Ducks’ 14U AAA team defeated Jr. Ducks 2 in the finale, 2-0, as Hannah Labbe and Madelyne King lit the lamp and goaltender Lilla Nease stopped all 12 shots she faced.

In Bantam B, the girls’ 14U AA squad topped the Jr. Ducks in the clincher, 5-1. Lulu Troyer registered a hat trick, Sevilla Hawthorne and Eve Campbell added a goal and an assist each and netminder Kaila Bush made 16 saves.

Jr. Ducks’ Mite teams – coached by Sandy Gasseau – won both the Track I and II titles at the Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Labor Day Festival, which was held at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports Center.

The Track I White team topped the Jr. Kings, 10-4, in the finale, while the Track II Black squad edged its fellow Jr. Ducks squad, 4-2 after both teams went undefeated in round-robin play.

– Chris Bayee