The Juneau Douglas Ice Association Pee Wee Tier III team went winless but gained valuable experience at the Whitehorse Warriors Invitational Tournament on Jan. 17-21 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
The team, consisting of players ages 11 to 12, used the tournament as a warm-up for the upcoming Alaska State Tournament held in Fairbanks in March. United States youth hockey features four tiers of play, with Tier I being the most competitive.
JDIA opened with a 7-2 loss to Takhini Transport and a 8-0 defeat to Castlerock. Both teams played in the Bantams division, which featured players ages 13 to 14.
Center Dillon Tomaro and right wing Zach Easton scored for JDIA. Kaipo Tseu and Tomaro were named the game's most valuable players by the opposing team's coaches.
On Jan. 18, JDIA rallied from a four-goal deficit to earn a 4-4 draw with the Whitehorse Warriors Pee Wee Select team.
Tomaro scored twice in the second period to slice the Warriors' lead to 4-2.
In the third period, Cole Cheeseman jumped on a rebound caused by Jonathan Weston for JDIA's third goal. Weston then netted the equalizer off an assist by Tod Baseden.
Zoe George was named the game's MVP for Juneau.
In the finale on Jan. 19, JDIA fell to Duncan's Bantams 8-0. Shamil Blaisdell earned MVP honors for Juneau.
JDIA didn't make the playoff round but did receive the sportsmanship trophy for its behavior on and off the ice. Captain Ethan Seid accepted the trophy on the team's behalf.
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