After state championship tournament action May 5-7 in Colorado Springs, the Ice Warriors 12- to 13-year-old hockey team came out on top in a finale …
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After state championship tournament action May 5-7 in Colorado
Springs, the Ice Warriors 12- to 13-year-old hockey team came out
on top in a finale at the Pepsi Center the following weekend.
Made up of Centennial youth ice hockey players, the Ice Warriors
were one of 12 teams in the PeeWee AA Colorado Competitive Youth
Hockey League this season. Others teams in the league are located
in the Metro Denver area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and
Coached by Ken Schoech, who has coached youth hockey for 17
years, 15 of which have been in Colorado, the No. 4 seeded Ice
Warriors came out of state pool play with a record of 2-1, knocking
off No. 3 seeded Arvada, No. 2 Colorado Springs and No. 1 Littleton
Hawks. Their loss was to Colorado Springs 2-1.
The Warriors faced Littleton in the state semifinals, beating
the Hawks 2-1 for the second day in a row. Prior to the tournament,
the Hawks hadn’t lost to another Colorado team all season and was
ranked between No. 5 and No. 10 in the nation for PeeWee AA through
For the PeeWee AA state championship, the Ice Warriors faced the
Colorado Springs Junior Tigers Mar. 14 at the Pepsi Center in
Denver. The game ended in second overtime in a 4-on-4 format. With
1 minute, 20 seconds remaining in the period, Warriors forward Jake
Dosen found defenseman Pieter Gesink alone in front of the Colorado
Springs goal. Gesink one-timed the puck past the Junior Tigers’
goaltender for the game-winning goal for a 3-2 win.
The win came after a 2-0 deficit for the Ice Warriors. Dosen
scored the first goal with assists to Ian Aylmer and Brandon Yi.
Aylmer scored the tying goal in the second period with Dosen and Yi
getting the assists.
With the title win, the Warriors travel to the PeeWee AA
national championship April 7-11 in Washington, D.C., only one of
50 Colorado teams to do so this season. A total of 44 PeeWee AA
teams will compete in the national tournaments. The Ice Warriors
open pool play against the state champions of California, New York
The Warriors make a regular season home of the Family Sports
Center, practice home of the Colorado Avalanche, in Centennial.
Their regular season began Oct. 3 and concluded Feb. 27. The team
ended the regular season with a fourth-place finish and a record of
12-6-4 behind the Littleton Hawks, Colorado Springs Junior Tigers
Mostly ages 12 and 13 years, the Ice Warriors team includes
Aylmer, Dosen, Yi, Tanner Broschat, Cameron Bukes, Jared Duncan,
Zachary Dym, Josh Fiegl, Pieter Gesink, Jack Jordan, Charlie
Kiefer, Andrej Lysak, Andrew McCulley, Josh Pusar, Jackson Schoech,
Jake Swenson, Joel Walker, Patrick Wicker.
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