Winter Wars West features sold-out tournament at THE RINKS-Irvine Inline
A total of 125 teams competed in a jam-packed weekend Feb. 23-25 at The Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline and THE RINKS-Irvine Inline as part of the 2018 Winter Wars West tournament.
Championship trophies were handed out in 18 sub-divisions, ranging from 6U though adult.
“The competition was terrific and there was great parity in all divisions,” State Wars Hockey national director Tim McManus explained. “Overall, this tournament gets better each year as the sport of roller hockey continues to thrive in California.”
Teams from throughout the Golden State, including both Southern California and Northern California, dominated the medal count.
Gold medalist teams in the youth divisions included OC Marvel in the 6U and 8U-A divisions, Mission Renegades in the 8U-AA and 10U-A divisions, California Kings 07 in 10U-AA, Pama Labeda Golden Knights in 12U-AA, Delta River Rats in 12U-A, Angry Ducks in 14U-AA, NorCal Jokers in 14U-A, Revolution Black 01s in 16U-AA, Militia White in 16U-A, Revision Revolution 99s in 18U-AA and Raiders in 18U-A.
Adult teams capturing gold medals included Rink Rat Groove in the Junior Division, Pama Labeda Golden Knights in the Women’s and Senior AA divisions, Westside Boyz in the Senior A Division and Circuito de Hockey Brasil in the Masters (35-older) Division.
Silver medalist teams in the youth divisions included the Bulldogs Blue (6U), Labeda Jets Navy (8U-AA), Labeda Jets Gold (8U-A), Militia Grey (10U-AA), Labeda Jets (10U-A), High Rollers (12U-AA), Bulldogs Yellow (12U-A and 16U-AA), Konixx Anarchy (14U-AA), AKS Red (14U-A), Revolution Red (16U-A), Bulldogs (18U-AA) and Bulldogs White (18U-A).
Adult teams securing silver medals included the Knoixx Outcasts (Junior), Republic (Women’s), Buzz (Senior AA), Blades of Steel (Senior A) and Pama Labeda Golden Knights (Masters).
The Pama Pro Showcase featured six teams: Konixx Pure, Mission RV, Pama Labeda Golden Knights, Raiders, Rink Rat and Tour Mudcats.
The Golden Knights finished 2-0-1 to top the pro division with five standings points, followed by Rink Rat (1-0-2) and Tour Mudcats (2-1-0) both with four standings points. Mission RV finished 1-1-1 with three standings points while Konixx Pure finished 0-1-2 with two standings points. The Raiders finished 0-3-0.
Junior Cadiz of Rink Rat topped the division scoring table with six points, followed by Garrett Haar of the Golden Knights with five points.
By the numbers
This year’s tournament featured a total of 287 games. Pool play took place on the opening two days of competition with playoffs rounding out the final day.
Explosive performances defined pool play competition:
OC Marvel’s 6U team finished 2-0 with a 21-5 goal-differential.
The Labeda Jets Navy and Mission Renegades both finished with lopsided goal-differentials in finishing atop the 8U-AA/A Division – the Jets at 25-1 and the Renegades at 25-2.
The California Kings 07 out-scored opponents 25-6 to finish 4-0 in the 10U-AA Division.
The NorCal Jokers racked up a 24-6 goal-differential to finish 4-0 in 14U-A.
The Angry Ducks out-scored their four opponents 21-9 in 14U-AA.
Revolution Red piled up a 23-6 goal-differential in finishing atop the 16U-A standings.
The Revolution Black 99s recorded a 14-3 goal-differential in finishing atop the 18U-AA standings with a 4-0 record.
The Revolution out-scored its four opponents 16-3 to finish 3-0-1 atop the Junior Division standings, followed by the Konixx Outcasts with a 3-1-0 record and 26-7 goal-differential.
The Pama Labeda Golden Knights’ Senior AA team out-scored opponents 21-4 to claim a 4-0 record.
The Republic out-scored opponents 26-0 in the Women’s Division to finish 4-0 in pool play while the Pama Labeda Golden Knights out-scored opponents 27-7 in the same division to also finish 4-0 in the standings.
The 12U-AA and 12U-A divisions boasted a combined entry list of 19 teams while the 14U-AA and 14U-A divisions featured a roll call of 15 teams. The 16U-AA and 16U-A entry list also included 15 teams.
Cold weather gear was a must for native Californians when arriving at the rink for early morning games as an unseasonable cold snapped gripped the region. Temperatures hovered in the 40s at daybreak – still warm by standards for arrivals from the northern areas of the country where temperatures dipped below freezing.
Out-of-area state teams included those from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Brazil and Canada.
Sponsor booths were on site for those in attendance to examine the latest merchandise.
“We owe a lot to our sponsors for all the time, money and energy the put into the sport and they all work very hard to make out events that much better,” McManus said.
Ethan Xu of the Pama Cyclones, Zane Torre of the Mission Renegades and Dylan Le of the Renegades topped the 10U-A division in pool scoring with 12 points each.
John McDaniel, Henry Kress and Carson Woolcott of the California Kings 07 topped the 10U-AA division in pool scoring with 11, 10 and nine points, respectively.
Xander Tucker led the 12U-A division in pool scoring with 17 points, followed by Jackson Hanson of the Bulldogs Yellow with 12 points.
Christian Kim of the Golden Knights racked up 19 points to lead the 12U-AA division in pool scoring.
Nathan Coleman (NorCal Jokers) and Ezrah Porter (AKS Red) topped the 14U-A division in pool scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Nick Ettelbrick (Mission Mayhem) and Ben Ivey (Angry Ducks) paced 14U-AA division pool scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Zach Ozubko and Brian Belluscio of Revolution Red topped the 16U-A division in pool scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Nathan Durrans of the Konixx SV Quakes led the 16U-AA division in pool scoring with 10 points.
Chris Snider (Raiders) and Ozubko (Revolution 00) tied for the 18U-A division in pool scoring with nine points each. Travis Alexander of the Raiders followed eight points.
Brayden Kohler and Max Reeves, both from the Bulldogs, paced the 18U-AA division in pool scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Kevin Mooney and Alex MacDonald of the Outcasts tied for the Junior Division lead in pool scoring with nine points each. Outcast teammates Mason Pilkington (seven points) and Jackson Faught (five points) followed in the scoring table.
Kyle Lopez (Cali Drifters) and Mike Rubman (Westside Boyz) tied for the pool scoring lead in the Senior A Division with nine points each.
Brooke Bryant of the Pama Labeda Golden Knights topped the Women’s Division in pool scoring with 14 points, followed by Kayla Demint of Republic with 12 points. Allie Era and Vicky Huynh, both of the Golden Knights, followed in a tie for third place with 11 points each.
Darrin Piercey and Lonny Lovins of Toronto 416 tied for the pool scoring lead in the Masters Division with seven points each.
The Winter Wars East tournament took place March 16-18 in Feasterville, Pa.
The State Wars 14 United States Roller Hockey Championships are scheduled July 25-Aug. 6 in St. Peters, Mo.
Tryouts for Team Southern California are scheduled April 21-22 at HB Inline. Tryouts for Team Northern California have already been completed.
Photos/State Wars Hockey
— Phillip Brents
(March 25, 2018)