February 19, 2018
The Burnaby Winter Club Peewee Bruins have returned to BC after a terrific run at this year’s Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament.
The BWC Peewees played four straight games in the NHL-sized Centre Videotron, downing three of the top teams in North America, before succumbing 1-0 to the Buffalo Junior Sabres in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning.
The tournament is characterized by a unique 32 team format, in which each team starts with their first game on the big ice in the Videotron. Keep winning, keep playing in the Videotron – in front of a lot of fans.
The format permits one loss, in game one, which relegates a team to the “B” side of the bracket, which is then played throughout the city in neighborhood minor hockey rinks. The team that comes through on the “B” side, returns to the Videotron for the Championship game.
The Bruins started with a 4-1 win vs the Sherbrooke Phoenix, then downed the Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers 3-1 and the New Jersey Devils 3-1 before meeting the Junior Sabres. The lone Buffalo goal was scored late in the third.
Buffalo had advanced on wins vs Chicago Mission (2-1), Adironack Jr. Wings (3-0) and the Anaheim Jr. Ducks (2-0).
Buffalo then lost to the Boston Junior Eagles 1-0 in the semi.
The Eagles then lost in the Final, 2-0 to the Czech Knights, who came through on the B-side of the tournament, having lost their opener 5-2 to the Point-Levy Corsaires.
The Knights then downed the Clarington Toros (7-2), Detroit Belle Tire (3-2), Montreal National (4-1), and Chicago Mission (4-1), before defeating the Eagles.
The Bruins are coached by Bill Hunt; with help from assistants Kevin Wright, Scott Ashton, Stan Loo, and Preston Emerson. Stephanie Buttazzoni is the team manager.
The Bruins now return to PCAHA play, where they will face the Chilliwack A1s at home Saturday, February 24; returning to Chilliwack, Monday, February 26 for the rematch.
BWC finished first in PCAHA regular season play with an 18-1-1 record. Chilliwack finished #10, with a 4-13-3 record. Chilliwack downed Vancouver T-Birds 2-0 in round one to advance. BWC downed Burnaby 8-2 in their first round.