Ice Station teams ready for playoffs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.All four teams in the 18-and-under Midget, 13-and 14-year-old Bantam, 11-and 12-year-old Pee Wee, 9-and 10-year-old Squirt, 8-and-under Mite, and 5-and-under Mini Mite divisions automatically qualify for the playoffs. “It’s an opportunity for a team that’s struggled all year to turn their game up a notch and sneak up on somebody,” Ice Station’s director of hockey operations Larry Bruyere said. “It happens every year.” The 18-and-under Midget division figures to come down to a tight race between the Bruins (11-1) and Sabres (6-4-3). Bruins’ standout Joshua Shin leads the division with 40 points. The Sabres are led by Joe Paredez, who’s second with 17 points. Nick Van Blarkon of the third-place Stars (3-9-1) is third with 13 points. In the Bantam division, the first-place Maple Leafs (9-3-2) are led by Nate Garcia, who is second in the division with 37 points. Paul Fregeau of the second-place Hurricanes (6-7-1) leads the division with 44 points. VALENCIA – Will it be Pee Wee Sharks or the Bantam Penguins? Maybe the Midget Lightning? As the Ice Station Valencia’s in-house summer league hockey teams gear up for next week’s playoffs, the only question in local youth hockey circles is not if, but who will pull off this year’s big upset. The in-house program’s single-elimination format has produced unpredictable results on a predictable basis, the most recent example coming earlier this year in the girls’ winter league, when a 12-and-under team with a losing record toppled a heavy favorite to win a championship. The regular season for all levels of the in-house program from Mini Mites to Midgets will conclude Aug. 20. The playoff semifinals for each age group will be played Aug. 26. Championship games will be played the next day. In the Pee Wee division, Raymond Wilson of the second-place Black Hawks (6-5-2) leads the Division with 26 points. The first-place Blues (10-1-2) feature three of the division’s top scorers. Taylor Hickman is second with 16 points. Chris Mitilian and Nathan Zeza are tied with the Black Hawks Mack Smith for third with 13. The high-scoring Blue Jackets (13-0-1) lead the Squirt division. They are led by Corey Werden, who leads the division with 54 points and Killian Anderson, who has 48 points. Werden’s solid showing helped him qualify for the Ice Station’s Pee Wee B travel team for the 2006-07 season. Car wash: The Vipers’ girls’ program is having a fundraising car wash for all three divisions (19-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under) at the Ice Station on Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. until at least 3 p.m. [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more