Area hockey players wrap successful seasons at nationals

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 09:43
  • Eagle River’s Rachel Symmes, a freshman at Chugiak High School, holds the runner-up trophy at the Alaska State 15U hockey tournament. Symmes recently helped her team reach the national Tier II semifinals in Boston, Mass. (Photo courtesy Theresa Austin)

A number of local comp hockey players wrapped up their seasons recently at national events.

At the 16U Tier II national tournament in Boston, Chugiak freshman Rachel Symmes helped the Anchorage North Stars reach the national semifinals, where they fell 3-1 to a team from Connecticut. Symmes was joined on the team by Chugiak-Eagle River players Brianna Paxon, Jenni Peterson, Olivia Bruno and Kaylin Garner.

At the boys 16U level, Eagle River’s Tucker Lien and Brenden Whetsell helped the Alaska Wolves reach the quarterfinals at the Tier II national tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they lost 2-0 to national runner-up Atlanta Fire.

Eagle River’s Nick Silance also made a quarterfinal appearance at nationals, where he was a member of the 18U team that played in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Silance’s Alaska Wolves team went 2-1 in pool play before losing 3-0 to the Tri City (Maryland) Eagles in the quarters.

Also competing at the Tier II nationals were locals Andre Lemaire, Dmitri Kucherov, Aaron James and Jacob James, who all competed at the 14U level as members of the Alaska Oilers. The Oilers went 0-3 at the tournament in Amherst, New York. And in Plymouth, Michigan, local skaters Ben Casey, Conner Ehmann and Talon Wild played for the Alaska Oilers 15U team that went 1-2 in pool play.

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