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West Regional Qualifiers

March 25, 2013, 3:42 p.m. (ET)

The West Regional Qualification Tournament for the USA National Championships took place March 16-17 in Fremont, California.  Five teams participated and played a full round robin of competition.  Last year's National Championship's runner up, Los Angeles THC, went undefeated and secured their ticket to the Elite tournament which will take place in Reno, NV, May 17-19.  Also qualifying were the tournament hosts and runners up, San Francisco Cal Heat 1.  



Both Los Angeles THC and Cal Heat 1, as expected, won their first 3 matches of round robin play setting up a de facto final for the final match of the day on Sunday.  The match was a tightly contested affair with LA winning in the end, 26-23.  LA featured a two pronged attacked with Arman Armirkhanian (14) and Vladimir Andjelic (7) combining for 21 of LA's 26 goals.  Both players have experience abroad with Armirkhanian having played for Iran and Andjelic having played professionally in Serbia and more recently for the U.S. National team.  Cal Heat's Dino Hasanic led his team in scoring with 10 goals.  


LA's Andjelic was named the tournament's MVP while Cal Heat's Stefan Poesch was named Most Valuable Goalie.  Denver, which took 3rd place, had the leading scorer for the tourney, Ahmed Shaiban, who scored 30 goals in 4 matches.  


Also discussed at the tournament are plans to form a Western Regional league next season.  As currently envisioned, the Western Region clubs will split into 3 Sub-regional leagues that will then send their champions, plus 1 wild card club to a West Regional Final.


Match Results

San Francisco Cal Heat 1 vs San Francisco Cal Heat 2 33:18

Los Angeles TH vs Denver TH 30:17

San Francisco Cal Heat 1 vs Las Vegas Scorpions 30:12

San Francisco Cal Heat 2 vs Denver TH 19:25

Los Angeles TH vs Las Vegas Scorpions 31:13

Las Vegas Scorpions vs Denver TH 14:22

San Francisco Cal Heat 2 vs Los Angeles TH 13:23

San Francisco Cal Heat 1 vs Denver TH 29:24

San Francisco Cal Heat 2 vs Las Vegas Scorpions 22:20

San Francisco Cal Heat 1 vs Los Angeles TH 23:26


Final Standings


Club

Record

W-L-D

Points

Goals For

Goals Against

Goal Dif

1)

Los Angeles

4-0-0

8

110

66

+44

2)

Cal Heat 1

3-1-0

6

115

80

+35

3)

Denver

2-2-0

4

88

92

-4

4)

Cal Heat 2

1-3-0

2

72

101

-29

5)

Las Vegas

0-4-0

0

59

105

-46



Leading Scorers

1) Ahmed Shaiban, Denver, 30

2) Vladimir Andjelic, LA THC, 26

3) Arman Armirkhanian, LA THC, 22

4) Mohammed Alardi, Denver, 18

5) Slave Jovanovski, Cal Heat 1, 18

6) Liran Mizrahi, Las Vegas, 16

7) Hussain Albasha, Denver, 15

8) Tobias Klein, Cal Heat 1, 15

9) Davor Vidovic, Cal Heat 2, 15

10) Lior Rapaport, Cal Heat 2, 15

11) Ali Haydar Cakmak, Los Angelse, 14

12) Jojhan Lopez, Las Vegas, 14

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