Hockey tourney memorable
Even an appearance by either of the two local entries probably wouldn’t have made the final of the Cowichan Valley Midget B Capitals’ rep hockey tournament any more exciting.
The Caps and Kerry Park were both absent from the title game of the Remembrance Day weekend event at Cowichan Arena Monday, but Surrey and Semiahmoo put on a great show.
The teams were tied when Surrey scored the winning goal for a 3-2 victory with a mere 0.4 seconds left on the clock.
The host Caps wound up in the consolation game and beat Comox 6-1 for third place.
Game MVP Corey Phillips had a pair of goals while singles came from Daniel Rabey, Cody Baker, Adam Lundstrom and Jordan Gibeau.
Jackson Mayo, Baker and Tanner Wiersma all had two assists, with Lundstrom chipping in another.
The Caps outworked Mission during the first game of the tournament for a 3-0 victory. They applied constant pressure with a 51-19 shots advantage.
Gibeau was the game MVP with a pair of goals, with Mike Woywitka adding one. Travis Hartley and Wiersma each recorded two assists.
The second game of the day last Friday ended in a 4-3 loss to Semiahmoo. The Caps were a bit sluggish and had a hard time gaining momentum.
Game MVP Bryce Luke gave the Caps a chance to win with his brilliant goaltending. Baker, Phillips and Wiersma notched goals in vain.
An all-Valley battle resulted in a 5-3 loss to Kerry Park Saturday.
Gibeau (2) and Wiersma scored for the Caps and Wade Dupont was the MVP.
The Caps met eventual champion Surrey in the semifinals and lost 3-2 after giving up a goal in the dying moments.
Hartley and Gibeau scored the Caps’ goals. Wiersma picked up two assists.
Kerry Park lost three of its four games, including two against Lower Mainland teams that it should have beaten according to coach Len Dawes.
But the players performed well for their lone win over Cowichan Valley.
“The boys are always motivated to play Cowichan Valley, not because of the whole separation politics, but because they have played with a number of the players when we were one association,’’ noted Dawes.
“There is definitely a rivalry between us so it is easy for them to be motivated when they play against each other.’’
Kerry Park is the smallest association on the Island that has a B team by far.
“But we are competitive and have beaten every B team on the Island,’’ Dawes pointed out.
“We only have a B team in midget this year, mostly because a high percentage of these midget-aged kids want to play competitive hockey and have benefitted from playing in the larger Cowichan Valley association a few years back,’’ Dawes pointed out.
The Kerry Park Peewee AA Islanders beat the Peninsula Panthers 4-2 in an exhibition game.
Adam Golia was the goaltender and did a great job. Kerry Park was down 2-0 until David Bittner’s unassisted goal in the second.
Kevin Glanfield had an unassisted third-period goal and Bittner got another from Christian Brandt and Kyle Laird.
Riley Galavan scored the fourth goal.
Other rep hockey results for Cowichan Valley and Kerry Park are on-line at www.cowichannewsleader.com.