L.A. Junior Kings win hockey titles

The L.A. Junior Kings won the Pacific District ice hockey 18U championship, 4-3 in overtime, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Sunday.

Several of the players on the Junior Kings are students at high schools in Los Angeles.

Christian Salvato, the captain of the Junior Kings, is a senior at Bonita High School. He helped the Junior Kings rally from a 3-1 deficit against the Alaska Wolves in the third period to tie the score and send the game into overtime.

"We just played as a team, didn't give up and just kept working, Salvato said.

Ian Hoang, a freshman at Long Beach State and a graduate of Villa Park High School, scored two goals and had an assist. Paul Ramsey scored the game-winner for the Junior Kings in overtime.

"The feeling is amazing," said Joey Cicoria, a forward on the Junior Kings and a senior at Hart High School in Newhall. He also played football at Hart in the fall. "It's unreal. We came back and won in overtime. It's a great feeling."

The Junior Kings advance to the USA Hockey national tournament.

The L.A. Junior Kings 16U team won its Pacific District championship, 3-1, over the Alaska Wolves. Keanu Yamamoto from Redondo Beach had a goal and an assist for the Junior Kings.

Ryan Siroky, from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, had an assist on Yamamoto's goal.

Nolan Stevens, a freshman at Loyola High School and a forward on the Junior Kings, is the son of Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, who was the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.