Saturday, November 30, 2013
#1 OC HOCKEY CLUB RUMBLES TO A WIN AT SILVER STICK REGIONAL
By Lee Samuels
Las Vegas – Does ultra-skilled AA Orange County Hockey Club 18u club ever lose?
Here at the Silver Stick Regional, the OC team spread its offense, fired whip-like passes across ice, launched shots from a variety of distances and skated to a 7-1 win over AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u to finish a perfect 3-0-0 in opening round play. OC will now report to the Final 4 and take on Channel Island Riptide 18u, a team they have never lost to, later today on the super-chilled north rink inside the Las Vegas Ice Center.
Las Vegas had its moments in this early-morning matchup – Tyler Anderson scored on a nice backhand, Steven Hoernicke just missed scoring several times, Eric Williams veered high speed into attack areas, Mitchell Province got locked into some interesting ultra-heated battles, defenseman Will Albert played his best game of the season.
But OC got off to an awesome start, getting more shots 21-9 in the first period enroute to a 3-0 lead.
Las Vegas switched on its physical game in the second period which reduce OC to 9 shots and the two teams were practically even in the third period.
OC is #1 here, but back home has to deal with teams like the Anaheim Jr Ducks and Golden State Eagles. In CAHA, the OC team is in third place. Overall, according to the folks at MyHockey.com, OC skated into this tournament with a season record of 14-6-2.
From the Blue Line – On Sunday 11 am, Las Vegas will take on the Orange County Hockey Club #2 in a consolation game at the Ice Center.
ORANGE COUNTY HOCKEY CLUB…..3…..2…..2=7
LAS VEGAS JR WRANGLERS…………..0……0….1=1
Las Vegas scoring – Tyler Anderson
Las Vegas goalie – TJ Yocum
Shots on Goal
1st period – OC 21-9
2nd period – OC 9-8
3rd period – 5-5
Total – OC 35-22
Las Vegas 3-Stars
#1 – Tyler Anderson
#2 – Eric Williams
#3 – Will Albert