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Inland Empire Tournament Series kicks off ’22-23 season with 14 winners at Sun & Surf Labor Day Tournament


The Inland Empire Tournament Series, created and hosted by the Jr. Reign, kicked off its 2022-23 season Sept. 2-5 with the Sun & Surf Labor Day Tournament at Icetown Carlsbad, Icetown Riverside, Ontario Center Ice and Toyota Arena.

A total of 14 teams brought home championship banners at the conclusion of the thrilling weekend.

Jr Ducks 8U B Pool A

8U B (Pool A)
Champion: Anaheim Jr. Ducks 8U B1
Runner-up: Empire Hockey Club
The Jr. Ducks brought the offense in a big win to take home the championship banner.

Jr Ducks B4 Pool B

8U B (Pool B)
Champion: Anaheim Jr. Ducks 8U B4
Runner-up: Jr. Reign (Riverside)
More offense came from the Jr. Ducks in winning their second championship of the weekend.

Jr Reign Sean 8U Pool C

8U B (Pool C)
Champion: Jr. Reign (Riverside)
Runner-up: Goldrush
The Jr. Reign and Goldrush combined for 19 goals, with the Jr. Reign coming out on top with a 12-7 championship victory.

Gold Rush A1

8U A
Champion: Goldrush
Runner-up: California Golden Bears
Goldrush scored two goals in the third to take a thrilling 5-3 win over the Golden Bears in the title game.

Empire 10U B East

10U A/BB
Champion: Empire Hockey Club
Runner-up: San Diego Saints
In one of the tightest championship games of the weekend, Empire defeated the Saints 2-1 to earn the banner.

Las Vegas10UAA West

10U A/BB
Champion: Las Vegas Storm 10U AA
Runner-up: Las Vegas Storm 10U A
Jack Heaton scored five goals and the Storm 10U AA team popped five goals in each period to secure the championship.

Ventura Mariners 12UA BB

12U A/BB
Champion: Ventura Mariners
Runner-up: Jr. Reign
Christopher Deveau and Liam Rodrigues each scored twice, and Aiden Zellinger had a goal and an assist to lead the Mariners over the Jr. Reign, 6-1 in the title game. Joshua Guadorff and Crosby Dean added two assists each for Ventura.

Vegas Storm 12B West

12U B
Champion: Las Vegas Ice Warriors
Runner-up: Las Vegas Storm
Kian Barber’s third-period goal was the difference as the championship battle between two Vegas teams went to the Ice Warriors, who edged the Storm 3-2.

12U A
Champion: SB Ice Hawks
Runner-up: Empire Hockey Club
The Ice Hawks used a balanced offense and steady defense to claim the championship after collecting a 3-1 win over Empire in the title contest.

Las Vegas Storm 12AA

12U AA
Champion: Las Vegas Storm
Runner-up: California Golden Bears
Edgar Yanga scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Storm over the Golden Bears in a phenomenal game, 3-2. Hunter Reid and Nolan Walsh also scored for the Storm, while Jonathan Agazaryan and Martin O’Sullivan netted markers for the Golden Bears.

Vegas Storm 14U A

14U A
Champion: Las Vegas Storm
Runner-up: Las Vegas Ice Warriors
Cayden Francis, Alex Brnilovich, and Ryan Rodriguez tallied for the Storm, who picked up the championship banner with a 3-1 win over the Ice Warriors. Lucas Nervegna added two assists for the Storm, and Ryan Troxell scored the lone goal for the Ice Warriors.

14U B
Champion: Las Vegas Ice Warriors
Runner-up: Orange County Hockey Club
Kevin Breyfogle, Arseni Barsan, Allessandro Sulto, and Tyler Pittinger scored for the Ice Warriors in a 4-1 win over OCHC to take home the championship banner. Benjamin Kellogg registered two assists for Vegas, while the lone OCHC goal came off the stick of Chase Robertson.

SB Ice Hawks JV

Champion: SB Ice Hawks
Runner-up: Jr. Reign 16U
Calvin Frisell’s two goals and an assist paced the Ice Hawks’ attack in winning the championship after a 4-0 shutout over the Jr. Reign. Cade Moharram recorded a goal and two helpers and Ryder Horton added a goal with Everett Kuhm tacking on three assists.

West Ranch Varsity

Champion: West Ranch Hockey Club
Runner-up: Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Five different players scored for West Ranch in a 5-3 win over the Jr. Ducks to cap the division championship. Ethan War had a goal and an assist, while Andrew Niner, Michael Irven, Nolan Luke Marchant, and Aidan Pierzchalski scored one each in the win. Derek Brock chipped in a pair of assists. For the Jr. Ducks, Kyle Noyes went for a goal and two assists and Maxwell Seymour scored twice.

The next IE Tournament Series event is the Fall Classic, which is scheduled for Nov. 25-27.

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— Matt Mackinder

(September 21, 2022)

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