March 20, 2014
It was a real thrilla – with the underdogs from the Kootenays nearly pulling off a Peewee Miracle on Ice vs the storied Burnaby Winter Club Bruins, in the final game of the 2013-2014 BC Provincial Championships.
The Eagles entered the final as the top seed, having shocked the Lower Mainland hockey establishment with wins against Seafair (4-2) and the Bruins (6-4) in the round robin.
The Eagles dropped their final game to Van T-birds after already having secured the top seed with a tie and four straight wins.
The Bruins also posted four wins to earn their berth in the final, along with a tie, 3-3 vs Kelowna, and the lone loss to the Eagles.
The Rockets were the only team not to lose to Cranbrook in the series, tying the Eagles 5-5, and placing third over all (3-0-3).
In the final championship game, the red hot Eagles quickly scored, on a power play, before BWC roared back with two to close out the first period with a 2-1 lead.
In the second Cranbrook came back to tie it up on another power play, then fended off a penalty shot before notching another to close out the period with a 3-2 lead.
The Eagles then struck again early in the third to open up a 4-2 lead, on their third consecutive goal.
But the Bruins quickly answered, scoring shorthanded and then even-strength to tie the game at 4-4 at the 7:36 mark.
The momentum had shifted back to BWC, and they continued to press, finally getting the go ahead goal with 2:17 left on the clock.
An empty netter with 4.4 sec left capped the win, earning a back to back BC Banner, on yet another come from behind win. Last year, with head coach Brad Reynolds also at the helm, the Bruins went into the third down 3-0 vs NSWC before turning it on for the win.
Two remarkable take-aways from this series; first, the tremendous resiliency and determination of the BWC team in the face of adversity, and also the remarkable capability of small town team from eastern BC to compete at the highest level in the Province with a perennial powerhouse.
It bodes well for the state of the game in the province of BC.
Congratulations to both teams; and also a big thank-you to T-Birds for terrific job as host community.
Final standings, and scores.
|Peewee Tier 1||GP||W||L||T||PTS|
|BWC – Champions||7||5||1||1||11|
|Cranbrook – Silver||7||4||2||1||9|
|Seafair – Third||6||4||2||0||8|
Scores and schedule:
|Sunday, March 16|
|Monday, March 17|
|Tuesday, March 18|
|10||8:00AM||Van T-Birds||4||Prince George||7|
|Wednesday, March 19|
|Thursday, March 20|