The LA Cobras got their summer season off to a fast start, winning five games by an average of eight goals to claim the HS Elite division title at the Battle Of L.A. Tournament in San Pedro last weekend.
The Cobras, coaches by Loyola assistant Brett Tietjen and comprised largely of players from Loyola HS, won three pool games then two championship bracket games behind a potent offense.
In pool play, the Cobras beat Wild Horse (Laguna Beach) 10-2, the LA Mavericks 10-5 and Buku (Trabuco Hills) 13-2. In the elimination bracket, they beat Buku again, 12-1, then knocked off Mavericks a second time, 10-3, to win the title.
Offensively, the Cobras were led by rising junior Mason O’Hanlon (12g, 5a) and rising senior Sean Smith (11g, 16a). Other scorers included: Matt Finelli (4g in three games), rising senior JP Hatch (9g, 2a), rising sophomore Wes Priestly (3g, 3a), Ryan Morasco (6g, 5a), Evan Swayne (6g, 2a), rising junior Dominick Tragesar (2g). Rising sophomore Henry Hasenberg was injured in the first game and missed the remainder of the tournament.
Defensively, rising junior Nick Mohler, Alec Celestin and rising senior Tommy Riley played stellar defense in front of goalie Oran Holt, anchoring a defense that allowed only 13 goals in five games. Reserves Morgan Lewis and Matt Caputo provided depth. LSM Joel Krogstad and Max Neblina, both rising seniors, dominated on the faceoff wings, and Neblina and rising junior Tristan Frank dominated at the faceoff dot.
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