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It’s the time of the year when fall is starting to turn into winter that scholastic inline hockey leagues across California traditionally face off their seasons.

The Anaheim Ducks Inline Scholastic League (ADISL) remains the largest of Southern California’s scholastic inline leagues. The ADISL faced off its 2016-17 Fall-Winter season on Oct. 30 with 21 teams in four skill divisions.

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ADISL league coordinator John Paerels noted the divisional alignment to start the season is as follows:

Division 1: Beckman I, Canyon, Laguna Hills Combo, Marina I and Santiago I.

Divisions 2-3 (which will split for playoffs): Beckman II, Edison I, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Mission Viejo, Villa Park and Woodbridge.

Division 4: Edison II, Marina II, Mater Dei, Newport Harbor and Pacifica.

Division 5: Edison III, Eleanor Roosevelt, Northwood and Santiago II.

Paerels said that due to the odd numbers of teams in Division 1, Divisions 2-3 and Division 4 that some tweaks in scheduling were necessary.

“Most weeks at least one team will get a split double header,” Paerels noted. “This will also help us get the season completed in a timely manner.”

Beckman I, Villa Park and Pacifica all had double-headers during the first week.

Scores from the opening night included Beckman’s 9-2 victory over Laguna Hills Combo in a Division 1 encounter, a 10-2 win for Santiago over Canyon in another Division 1 contest and an 8-2 win by Beckman over Marina in a double-header game.

In a quartet of Division 2-3 opening night games, Mission Viejo skated past Villa Park by a score of 5-4, Fountain Valley topped El Toro 5-3, Edison I slipped by Villa Park by a score of 4-2 in another double-header game while Woodbridge edged Beckman II, 8-7, in overtime.

Three games took place Division 4: Marina slid past Pacifica 4-3; Edison II topped Newport Harbor 8-2 and Mater Dei edged Pacifica 4-3 in a double-header match-up.

Two games took place in Division 5: Santiago II rolled past Eleanor Roosevelt by a score of 9-1 while Northwood tipped Edison III 3-2.

Beckman I and Santiago I both started the season 2-0 in Division 1 play. Other teams with undefeated starts included Woodbridge (2-0) and Mission Viejo (2-0) in Division 2-3; Mater Dei (4-0) and Marina 2 (2-0) in Division 4; and Northwood (3-0) in Division 5.

Team of the Week

Pacifica High School (pictured) earned honors as the ADISL’s first Team of the Week for the 2016-17 Fall-Winter season, as announced by Paerels on Nov. 10. Pacifica opened the season 1-2 in Division V with a 1-0 win over Newport Harbor and twin 4-3 losses against Marina and Mater Dei.

Travis Belthuis and Jeremy Morgan led Pacifica with three goals each, while goaltender Tyler Kitchen had cobbled together a very respectable 2.67 goals-against average in the team’s opening three games.

“Head coach Steve Evans and manager Laurie Merrick are always helpful and are great assets to the ADISL,” Paerels said. “Congrats to Pacifica.”

Top individuals

Dylan Hadfield led the ADISL with 14 points (10 goals, four assists) through Mater Dei’s opening four games, followed by the Santiago II tandem of Bryce Lorenz ( six goals, five assists) with 11 points and Noah Shoemaker (eight eight goals, two assists) with 10 points in three games each.

Patrick Gardner of Beckman I had collected eight goals and nine points in two games , while Santiago I’s Brayden Kohler had picked up six goals and eight points, also in two games.

Noah Lachance had scored two game-winning goals in Mater Dei’s 4-0-0 start. Cameron Araiza was unbeaten at 4-0 with a 2.50 GAA for Mater Dei.

Northwood goaltender Ivan Castillo was also unbeaten with 3-0-0 record and 2.00 GAA. Six other goaltenders owned 2-0-0 records: Santiago 2’s Josiah Simmons (1.00 GAA), Beckman 1’s Max Dei Rossi (2.00 GAA), Marina II’s Brittney Do (2.50 GAA), Mission Viejo’s Maya Tasevski (3.00), Santiago I’s Justin Lakin (3.50 GAA) and Woodbridge’s Jacob Caballero (4.00 GAA).

Thanksgiving is Nov. 24. To accommodate that holiday, league games will be plaeyed either on Nov. 20 or Nov. 27 that week. Games will also be played Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Other leagues around the state are getting ready to face off their winter seasons:

Bay Area inline

The Silver Creek Sportsplex (San Jose) High School Inline League will close registration on its winter season Dec. 6, with regular season games starting Dec. 9.

The fall season playoffs were set to begin on Nov. 19. Bellarmine A,Silver Creek Black and Saints Black all finished 7-3-0 atop the regular season Division 1 standings. Pioneer Blue (9-1) and Saints Blue (7-3) were the regular season leaders in Division 2. Branham (9-1) and Bellarmine B (7-3) were the leaders in Division 3 while Evergreen (9-1) led the Division 4 standings.

Central Coast inline

The Central Coast High School Hockey League will face off its 2016-17 season Dec. 3 with games at the Central Coast Sports Arena in Santa Maria. Games follow Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Jan. 7 (at UC Santa Barbara), Jan. 14 and Jan. 28.

Five teams are set for play in the Varsity Division this season: Arroyo Grande, Santa Barbara Blue, Santa Barbara Gold,San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. Two teams will compete in the Junior Varsity Division: Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo.

Temecula Valley inline

The Temecula Valley Inline Hockey Association has announced it has held tryouts for its high school and middle school leagues.

The 2016-17 winter season is set to roll out with preseason/regular season games at a date to be announced.

San Diego club inline

The San Diego District Hockey League will close registration for its club hockey league (high school and junior high school) on Dec. 26. Preseason games are scheduled Jan. 2, followed by regular season play starting Jan. 18 (high school) and Jan. 20 (junior high).

Playoff dates are March 29-30 and April 5-6 for the high school league and Mach 31 and April 7 for junior high teams.

Game days are Wednesday and Thursday for high school teams and Friday for junior high teams at the Escondido Sports Center.

CIF inline

The CIF-Metro Conference will face off its 17th season with games Nov. 28 at the Escondido Sports Center and Nov. 30 at Castle Park High School. League membership for the 2016-17 season features 16 teams in three leagues: Mesa League, South Bay League and North County League.

The Mesa League is comprised of Bonita Vista, Eastlake, Hilltop and Otay Ranch high schools.

The South Bay League is comprised of Castle Park, Chula Vista, Mar Vista, Southwest and Sweetwater high schools.

The North County League is comprised of Cathedral Catholic, Escondido Charter, Patrick Henry, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch and Westview high schools.

The Patrick Henry Patriots are the conference newcomer this season. Both West Hills and St. Augustine high schools will not be fielding teams in the conference this season.

Westview defeated Cathedral Catholic in last season’s Kiwanis Cup championship game.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting season,” Westview coach Ron Smith explained. “We lost three of our top players. We’re looking forward to our junior varsity players to fill that void. With Cathedral and Scripps both coming back to the North County League this season, the league will have a lot of depth.”

Top players for the Wolverines include Keisi Takaya, Laurent Lee and Josh Groll.

Cathedral Catholic also will have an eye on restocking its roster this season while maintaining a high degree of success on the playing court.

“We graduated some seniors, so it will be a young squad this year,” CCHS coach Luke Storno noted.

Impact players include forwards Drew Jones, Sam Angeles and Jake Belland and goaltender Patrick Henson.

This will be Jones’ fourth year on the team. He led the conference in scoring last season with 35 goals and 76 points in 16 regular season games.

“We still have some meat left on the bone,” Storno explained. “We have some new players this year. It will be exciting to see how it plays out.”

Scripps Ranch will be welcoming seven freshmen to its roster this season, according to veteran coach Greg Friedman.

Team leader Jesse Lycan has departed the team to attend the Berskshire School, one of the top prep schools for ice hockey in New England. Additionally, talented youngster Stewart Pond will be playing ice for the 16U AAA Phoenix Jr. Coyotes this season.

The Falcons roster will be buttressed by one senior and two juniors.

“We’ll be young ,” Friedman said.

However, the team’s incoming freshmen traditionally bring a lot of ice hockey experience on board.

Key returners include Cody Sherman, who plays for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks AAA Midget team, and defenseman London Peters who competes in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL).

“When you got AAA kids coming in, they know what to do,” Friedman said.

Otay Ranch is the defending Mesa League champion and Chula Vista is the defending South Bay League champion.

— Phillip Brents