At last weekend’s Sierra Inline Hockey League competition in Ripon, the NorCal Extreme team was nearly perfect in winning all three of its games.
After flattening the San Jose Tsunami, 7-0, the locals clipped the wings of both the Chico Firebirds (7-0) and the Ripon Ravens (7-2). Every NorCal skater contributed to the victories, but Sam Blakewell led the way with nine goals and three assists. In addition, Jack Shields netted six goals and two assists for the Extreme, Brandon Pacciorini totaled two goals and five assists and Cole Skoogs and Nick Blakewell each had one goal and two assists.
Kieth Waller (two goals) and Thomas Witham rounded out the local scoring, while the NorCal defense was stellar in front of goalie Max Muller, who finished with a save percentage of 92.
NorCal’s 14U team also went undefeated in Ripon, taming the Junior Cougars, 6-0, and topping the San Jose Tsunami, 2-0. The Chico Firebirds managed to sneak in a goal, but still went down 8-1.
For the tournament, Joe Blakewell (six goals and five assists), Michael Cognetti (four goals), Noah Bristow (three goals, two assists), Sam Blakewell (two of each) and Dylan Lee (one goal) took care of the Extreme scoring. Also, Miguel Witham provided offensive pressure and had two assists for the locals, while Max Landy was a defensive force, stopping virtually every challenge in its tracks.
NorCal goalie Nicholas Leacox was nearly flawless, saving 96 percent of the shots he saw.
After a tough start — losing to the Antioch/Stockton Thunder Rats — the NorCal 16U squad bounced back to blow the Ripon Redtails out of the sky (6-0) and level the San Jose Tsunami (4-2).
Caleb Hermle led the Extreme in scoring with four goals and three assists, Danny Kumata added three goals and five assists and Joe Blakewell tallied three goals. Seth Lipson contributed two local goals, and Jacob Lipson and Ryan Kowta each added assists.
NorCal’s Tyler Schaffer and Henry Campbell each provided offensive pressure, defenseman Dalton Byard played tough and goalie Nicholas Leacox finished with a save percentage of 84.