Youth hockey playoffs start this Saturday
The youth ice hockey playoffs at South Lake Tahoe Ice arena start this Saturday with the No. 2 seeds in each division battling the No. 3 seed to determine who will take on the league leader in the finals.
In the 11-and-under division, the Rink Rats will host the Ice Hogs on Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
The Rats finished regular season play at 2-4-2, while the Ice Hogs went 1-6-1.
The Rats will likely rely heavily on Payton Guttry, their leading scorer with 11 goals and three assists. He’s also the third leading scorer in the league. Teammate Chris Rogesky isn’t far behind with eight goals and three assists.
The Hogs have an ace in the hole with the league’s second-leading scorer Devyn Hotho, who’s racked up 16 goals and four assists.
The Whalers won league play at 7-0-1 behind the strong skills of Cooper Stanley, who leads the league with 20 goals and five assists. The Rats, however, are knocking on the door, having lost to the Whalers 4-3 last weekend.
In the 13-and-under division, the Sharks (4-2-1) will play the Avalanche (0-8-0) on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.
The Sharks have two scorers in the top three, including league scoring leader Ross Kelly with 14 goals. Teammate Mason Stanley has nine goals and five assists.
The Avs have Hotho, who plays in older league as well, where she has seven goals. Also coming on for the Avs is Jared Arnold with three goals and as many assists.
The league champion Kings (6-1-1) boast No. 1 point leader Jacob Echeverria with 10 goals and eight assists and Spencer Trapp with two goals and six assists.
The Kings and the Sharks also have the two best goalies in the league. The Kings’ Christopher Marchant has allowed only 12 goals in 185 shots. The Sharks’ Ty O’Neill has allowed 16 goals out of 113 shots.
In the finals, the Kings will likely face the Sharks, who they defeated in the last game of the regular season in an overtime shootout, 2-1.
In the 17-and-under division, the Capitals (4-4-0) host the Penguins (0-8-0) at 6:45 a.m. and will likely move on to face the undefeated Rangers (8-0-0).
The Rangers have the top five leading scorers in the league with the Zastre brothers, the Wear brothers and Mark Sassi.
The Capitals are closing in with the next three point leaders: Brandon Lewis, Michael Trute and Evan Sarosik.
The Penguins’ Charlie Donnatin has scored three times, with as many assists, but the Penguins are the definite underdogs. They’ve struggled on defense, allowing 75 goals.
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