March 18, 2013
At the end of two days of competition at the Bantam A1 provincial playoffs hosted by Cowichan Valley in Duncan, the two top ranked teams are in BC are in the drivers seat.
On opening day Sunday, North Shore Winter Club opened the tournament with at convincing 5-1 win over host team Cowichan Valley Capitals. NSWC dominated great stretches of the game, outshooting the home team 46-10 in the process.
In the second game of the tournament Sunday; third ranked Kamloops destroyed sixth ranked Victoria Raquet Club, 9-1; setting up what many expected to be a tough match against Burnaby Winter Club the following day.
BWC and Prince George faced off in the third game of the day; with Burnaby downing the Cougars 9-3, in another lopsided affair.
In the final game of the opening day, Cowichan Valley downed Island rivals VRC 6-3.
In the opening game of Day Two, NSWC Winterhawks continued on their roll, utilizing their superior speed and playmaking to down the Prince George Cougars 9-0. In their second game of the day, North Shore repeated their morning performance, defeating Victoria Raquet Club 10-1 in the afternoon, shelling the Victoria team with over 60 shots on goal.
In the second game of the day, the BWC Bruins downed the Kamloops Blazers a 7-1 defeat, after the Blazers got into early penalty problems and trailed 4-1 after the first period. The Blazers will now have to knock off North Shore to keep their hopes alive.
Meanwhile, BWC and NSWC will face each other Tuesday afternoon in what could be a preview of the final game Wednesday night.