December 30, 2015
The 48th version of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, known as KIBIHT, one of Western Canada’s most storied bantam tournaments – is now underway.
The tournmant features 30 teams in competition over the five day event, including 10 teams in the Tier 1 division and 20 teams in Tier 2. The tourney starts December 30 and wraps up January 3.
A highlight of this year’s tournament is the addition of the Hungarian U16 National Team to the competition and continues a long standing KIBIHT tradition of welcoming bantam age teams from around the world to Kamloops. Hungary and Kamloops T2 will play an exhibition game Sunday, December 27, in the unofficial kick off to the tourney (3:45 NHL rink).
Four USA teams are also competing, including Nebraska’s Fremont Flyers.
The Hungarian U16s, mostly 15 year olds with a couple of 14 year olds, started off with a 12-2 thumping of Semiahmoo Ravens in the opener Wednesday morning. They scored four in the first and six in the second; getting five point performances from #22 Natan Vertes and #14 Sebestyen Kovacs both 2G, 3A.
The Hungarians followed up with a 5-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers in the evening game.
In the other early T1 game, Airdrie Extreme scored four answered, including three in the third in a 4-1 win over Balgonie Prairie Storm. The Vancouver T-Birds, Spruce Grove PAC, and Prince George Cougars also all posted wins in day 1.
Ten T2 games are already in the books.
Scroll down for scores all scores so far.
Hockey Hub will be updating scores throughout the tourney.
Tier 1: 10 Teams
Abbotsford Hawks, Airdrie Xtreme, Balgonie Prairie Storm, Chilliwack Jr. Bruins, Hungarian U16 National Team, Kamloops Jr. Blazers, Prince George Jr. Cougars, Semiahmoo Ravens, Spruce Grove PAC Saints, and Vancouver Thunderbirds.
Tier 1 Schedule: Round Robin
Tier 2: 20 Teams – Defending Champion- North Shore Winter Club A2
Calgary Canucks, Campbell River Tyees, Castlegar Rebels, Fremont (Nebraska) Flyers, Kamloops T2 Jr. Blazers, Kelowna T2 Jr. Rockets, Langley T2 Eagles, North Delta Sundevils, North Shore Winter Club T2, Penticton Jr. Vees.
POE Varsity, Prince George T2 Jr. Cougars, Salmon Arm Silvertips, Seattle T2 Sno-kings, South Anchorage Moose, Spokane Jr. Chiefs, Vancouver T2 Thunderbirds, Vernon Jr. Vipers, Williams Lake Timberwolves, and Yellowknife Wolfpack.
Tier 2 Schedule: Round Robin
|32||30-Dec||9:30am||Memorial||NSWC A2||4||Prince George T2||5|
|34||30-Dec||12:00pm||NHL||Vancouver A2||0||Salmon Arm||4|
|38||30-Dec||2:30pm||NHL||North Delta||3||Williams Lake||7|
|47||31-Dec||12:00pm||Memorial||NSWC A2||South Anchorage|
|48||31-Dec||12:00pm||Brock||Prince George T2||Penticton|