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Eight teams score division titles at IE Tournament Series’ Presidents’ Day Open


The Inland Empire Tournament Series, created and hosted by the Jr. Reign, presented its Presidents’ Day Open Feb. 18-21 at Icetown Carlsbad and Icetown Riverside, with eight teams crowned division champions.

Of the eight championship games, six were decided by three or fewer goals and one went to overtime.

8U B West Champs Mission Arizona

8U West
Champs: Mission Arizona
Runner-up: Jr. Reign Black
A 6-5 lead for the Jr. Reign after two periods, Mission rallied with eight goals in the third period to take a 13-10 win and the championship.

8U B East Champs Empire

8U East
Champs: Empire
Runner-up: Jr. Reign Riverside
Empire notched three goals in the first period and two in the third period to win 5-3 and bring home the championship banner.

10U Champs Mission Arizona

Champs: Mission Arizona
Runner-up: Jr. Reign Carlsbad
Aiden Lady scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as Mission won the title in a thrilling 4-3 final. Jaxson Olivier also scored twice, and Parker Capps earned the win in goal with a 24-save effort. For the Jr. Reign, Dmitry Yagodin, Aaron Cooper, and Robert Mackay scored, and Rocco Masciovecchio played well between the pipes turning aside 15 shots.

12U East Champs Ontario Moose

12U East
Champs: Ontario Moose
Runner-up: Jr. Reign Riverside
The Moose used four different goal scorers – Wes Waites, Ralph Bracamonte, Max Halter, and Brody Voth – and a solid outing in goal from Garrett Ramirez, who made 23 saves, to knock off the Jr. Reign 4-2. Ryan Mady recorded a goal and an assist for the Jr. Reign, Jayden Laake also scored, and Jayden Peterson was solid in net making 16 saves.

12U West Champs Oakland Bears

12U West
Champs: Oakland Bears
Runner-up: Jr. Reign
Pablo Molina scored the lone goal in the third period to lift the Bears to a 3-2 victory. Travis Tsai and Owen Lynn added goals and Christopher Severin nailed down the win in goal with 18 saves. For the Jr. Reign, Grayson Otto and Liam Stotts scored, and Liam Olsen stopped 25 shots between the pipes.

14U Champs Oakland Bears

Champs: Oakland Bears
Runner-up: Ontario Moose
Nathaniel Eidt’s hat trick led the Bears to a 5-2 win in claiming the division championship. Carson Chan and Kaleo Anoruo added goals and Charles Pickart finished with 24 saves. Thomas John and Julian Matthews each posted three assists. Christopher Garcia and Joseph DiMichina each had a goal and an assist for the Moose while Grady Amen made 16 saves in the Ontario crease.

JV Champs Capital Thunder

Champs: Capital Thunder
Runner-up: Corona Norco Stingrays
Ryan Lewis registered a hat trick and Max Quinlan tacked on two goals in the 7-3 championship win. Luke Glover also scored with an assist and Daniel Fischel added a goal while Morgan Langley tallied a pair of assists. Seth Morris recorded a goal and an assist for the Stingrays, who also got goals from Chase Haan and Nyle Patel. Tanner Talbot chipped in with two assists.

Midget Champs SF Sabercats

High School/Midget Tier
Champs: SF Sabercats
Runner-up: California Heat
In the 5-1 win for the Sabercats, James Lee scored a pair of goals, while Gaspard Choquet, Alexander Kvitka, and Eamon Navin added single goals. Kvitka and Navin each rang up an assist for multi-point games and Oliver Budd contributed three assists. Lucas Fung scored for the Heat.

The next event in the Inland Empire Tournament Series is the Spring Breakaway, which is scheduled for April 15-17.

For more information or to register for the Spring Breakaway event or any other Inland Empire Tournament Series event, visit

Photos/Top Team Photography

— Matt Mackinder

(March 1, 2022)

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