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KLP Bantam A Tyee Parker Bell was named the top forward at the KIBIHT in Kamloops. Congrats Parker!!!
The KLP Bantam A Tyees had a great start to the New Year after winning the KIBIHT tournament in Kamloops.
The boys crushed Williams Lake in their first game with a winning score of 8-2, and forward Lucas Draper received the game MVP.
Game two had the Tyees facing off against West Kelowna, with a final score of 9-3. Forward Branden Vandervalk would receive the game MVP for his outstanding effort. The boys managed to keep the momentum going as they beat a strong Lethbridge team in game three. Despite great goal tending by the Lethbridge goalie, the game would end with a 3-1 victory for the Tyees. Defenseman Austin Gurney received the third game MVP of the tournament.
Next up for a semi-final spot in the A Pool, was a very determined POE team. The Tyees battled hard but would end up suffering their only loss of the tournament by a score of 8-5. Jack Garner, who acted as the teams stick boy throughout the tournament, would receive the game MVP as a thank you for his hard work and support.
The loss against POE placed the Tyees in game five against Kamloops for a spot in the final for the B Pool division. In what was a great battle, the boys would come out on top once again with a 3-2 victory and Defenseman Brayden Ross received the game MVP. On New Years Day, the Tyees faced off against Quesnel in the B Pool final, and took home their much deserved first place trophy, after a 4-2 win. Carson Strom was the game MVP. The entire Tyee team showed great determination and effort throughout the week.
Thanks to the teamwork of linemates Lucas Draper and Robert Gurney, Parker Bell would receive the very much deserved KIBIHT award for the best forward of the tournament.
The #1 Autobody PeeWee A Tyees traveled to Parksville for the 1st Annual Oceanside PeeWee Rep Winter Classic Tournament Dec. 19-21.
While the Tyees got off to a bit of a rough start, they persevered and in the end prevailed as champions.
The Tyees ventured to Parksville in slushy conditions for their first game on the Monday against the Port Alberni Bulldogs. The Bulldogs scored the first three goals in the opening half of the game, after a slow Tyees start. The Bulldogs prevailed 5-2.
Game two vs. Saanich took place later in the day and finished 4-2. Great passing was the key to the Tyees success in this game and as well Goalie Tanner Ferrill came up with a number of impressive saves. Plecas was named game MVP for his offensive input as well as dynamic skating. Ferrill received the Heart and Hustle honors for his determination and hard work in net.
The third game took place on the Tuesday morning when the Tyees faced the Oceanside Generals. With 2:43 left on the clock and some effective cycling down low, Kye Benoche walked out from behind the net and sniped a beautiful shot top corner to put the Tyees up 3-2. This would be the final score.
Tuesday afternoon’s game against the Powell River Kings was a must win for the Tyees squad in order for them to move on to the Finals. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the second frame. Carter Banman buried the go-ahead goal in the third. In the tense dying seconds, the Tyees sealed the deal by shooting the puck into the empty net. 3-1 was the final score.
The Tyees advanced to the final game Wednesday afternoon with a rematch against the Port Alberni Bulldogs. Ryan Deagle would open the scoring with a low bullet along the ice after nice passes from Ryder Plecas and Ian Mills. Tyson Olsen did a great job dumping the puck on the penalty kill and Braydon Myles worked hard to clear the puck in front of the net. The score would remain 1-0 until halfway through the third in this defensive battle. With 7:42 left on the clock, Breydan Riecker intercepted a clearing attempt along the boards and walked in to make a nice pass to Tristan Granter who put it in short side. Ferrill made some key saves with a spectacular effort in goal. Mills and Wyatt Aarts worked hard to clear the net but some major penalty trouble late in the third led to two goals and this unfortunately created a need for overtime.
The extra five minutes solved nothing so the game would move into a shootout. Five players per team took shots in the first round and while Wyatt Murray and Riecker came up with goals, so did two of the Bulldog players. This warranted a sudden death shootout. After the opposition scored first, the crowd waited to see what Brendon Burnside would do and he did not disappoint with a beauty shot. The next shooters for each team would miss and so did the eighth shooter from Port Alberni when Plecas finally ended the game, putting the puck between the pipes and getting mobbed by his teammates – 3-2 was the final.
Deagle was named MVP for his two way game while Burnside was given the Heart and Hustle award for scoring his clutch shoot out goal under tremendous pressure.
The Vancouver Island Seals made it further in the boxing day hockey tournament in Calgary than ever before.
The Midget AAA girls started the tournament against the Melville Prairie Fire on Dec. 26. The opposition put the first goal in the net, but in the second period the Seals came back with two from Eva Debaie and one from Megan Bouveur. The Prairie Fire put another one in the net in the third, but fizzled against the mighty Seals.
Goalie Jaydlin Spooner saved 32 shots.
The next day they played the Rocky Mountain Raiders and lost 9-0. Starting goalie Spooner played only the first five minutes stopping all four shots before Amy Hassel took over. She made 45 saves.
On Dec. 29 the Seals pulled off their second win of the tournament against the Kootenay Wild. The Seals met the Wild in BC Minor Hockey play in Campbell River in October, losing two games and tying the other. But they learned from their mistakes, beating the Wild in Calgary 4-2 in an exciting game.
The Wild were the first to get past the goalie, but Anika Block of the Seals matched them five minutes later. Not one minute after that the Wild pulled ahead again. Brianna Leachman tied up the game with only one minute left in the second period.
The Seals pulled ahead in the third with a goal from Bouveur and secured the win with a goal from Yannick Truter.
Hassel saved 15 shots.
The next day the Seals tied the Westman Wildcats 3-3.
They came out strong, with a goal by Debaie less than five minutes into the first period. The Wildcats responded, tying the game for only a few minutes before Mila Verbicky put another in the net for the Seals.
In the second period the Wildcats pulled ahead by two, but the Seals managed to tie the game five minutes into the third period with a goal from Hannah Charlesworth. Despite four power play opportunities, the Seals couldn’t find the net again, but they also played strong defence, killing three penalties of their own.
Spooner made 28 saves.
With that tie in the bag, the team advanced to the semi-final against the Saskatoon Stars. The Seals held the Stars to three goals, but didn’t score any of their own, only managing 10 shots on net while Spooner faced 42.
The Stars went on to face the Raiders in the final at the ScotiaBank Saddledome, losing 5-4.
Former Tyee Olivia Knowles names Assistant Captain for Women’s U18 National Team
ZLIN, Czech Republic – Forward Ashton Bell will captain Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team as it begins its quest for gold at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship from Jan. 7-14.
The 17-year-old from Deloraine, Man., captained Canada at its August three-game series against the United States and won silver with Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in St. Catharines, Ont. Bell currently plays with the Westman Wildcats in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League.
The leadership team also includes Olivia Knowles (Campbell River, B.C./Okanagan Hockey Academy, CCSHL), Alexa Vasko (St. Catharines, Ont./Stoney Creek, PWHL), and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Pacific, JWHL) who will serve as alternate captains.
“It’s a huge honour to be named captain for Canada but we have a great group of leaders on this team and anyone of them could have been chosen,” said Bell. “This is a very connected group, we have great communication and we are all really excited to get the championship underway.”
“We have a great mix of leadership on this team and we’re confident that this group of players models the leadership qualities that we are looking for on and off the ice,” said Troy Ryan, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team.
Canada opens the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship against Sweden on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET; it will also face Russia (Jan. 8) and the United States (Jan. 10) in preliminary-round action. Both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played on Jan. 14. A complete tournament schedule can be found here on the Hockey Canada website.
After taking home a silver medal in 2016 in St. Catharines, Ont., the Canadians will be in search of their fifth gold medal in tournament history, having won in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.