It was a contest between two undefeated 4-0-0 teams in the final at the Tier 2 Midget Provincial Championships in Prince George, March 17, and in the end it was Aldergrove coming out on top, defeating Vernon, 5-2, with an empty netter, in a close game between two very determined, disciplined teams.
The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first period. Aldergrove then scored two in the second to make it 4-2. The third was scoreless until Aldergrove added the empty-netter with just over a minute to go.
Vernon goals were scored by Carl Main and Dylan Sedlacek. Aldergrove got two from Tanner Myer and singles from Josh Boelema, Dawsen Stone and Ryan Bencze.
The tournament started with eight teams in two pools of 4, each playing three games in the opening round robin. Aldergrove, Williams Lake, Mission and Campbell River were in one pool. Greater Vernon, Prince George, Fort St. John, and Castlegar and were in the other pool.
Aldergrove had moved through their pool in first place, with a 3-0-0 record, finishing up with a 9-1 win over Campbell River (0-3-0).
Greater Vernon had edged Prince George 4-2 in their game 3 to set up the semi-final pairings, to go to 3-0-0 and claim the top seed in their pool. Both teams were tied at 2-0-0 going into the game.
The result meant Greater Vernon would cross over and play the #2 seed from the opposite pool, Williams Lake in one semi, and #1 Aldergrove would crossover to play #2 Prince George in the other.
Williams Lake had finished their round robin with four points, with two wins and a loss, 9-2 to Aldergrove. Williams Lake had defeated the #2 Lower Mainland team, Mission, 4-2 to earn their spot in the semis.
The first semi got underway early Thursday morning and Aldergrove kept the pedal down, finishing with a convincing 7-2 win over Prince George.
Greater Vernon had a tougher time in the second semi-final, edging Williams Lake 3-1.
The results sent the two top ranked teams to the final.
Aldergrove had finished first in Flight 2 of the PCAHA, with a 14-3-1 record, downing Mission 6-3 in the Final 4 match ups to take the #1 Lower Mainland seed. No surprise perhaps then, that Mission gave Aldergrove their closest game, 3-2, in game two of the round robin.
Greater Vernon finished in second place in the regular season in the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association, with a record of 12-2-2, one point behind Penticton. They went 6-1-0 to win the OMAHA playoffs.
In the bronze medal game, host Prince George downed Williams Lake, 5-3. The game was an unruly affair between two long time northern rivals. PG opened the scoring with goals from Tanner Riplinger and Matthias Urbanski. Williams Lake’s narrowed it to 2-1 on a powerplay goal by Spencer Neufeld.
Prince George then scored three to open a 5-1 lead. Dean Whitcomb got two and Normand got one. Williams Lake got to two back on a pair of goals from Brett Hare, to finish the scoring, and deliver the Bronze to the host team.
Midget Tier 2
|March 13-17, 2016 – BC North, Prince George|
|Fort St John||0||3||0||0|
Schedule and Scores:
|2||12:45PM||Greater Vernon||11||Fort St John||0|
|7||3:30PM||Williams Lake||7||Campbell River||5|
|8||6:15PM||Fort St John||2||Prince George||5|
|10||12:45PM||Castlegar||3||Fort St John||1|
|12||6:15PM||Greater Vernon||4||Prince George||2|
|14||11:00AM||Greater Vernon||3||Williams Lake||1|
|15||5:00PM||Prince George||5||Williams Lake||3|