The 51st Annual Burnaby Minor Bantam Christmas tourney opened Friday with 10 games. 8 games were played Saturday. Cross-over and elimination games started Sunday.
In the cross-over round Sunday, all the favorites posted wins: BWC downed Burnaby Minor 9-0; Seafair defeated Surrey 3-2; Alaska Aces downed San Diego 4-2 and Cowichan defeated Arizona 8-2.
Winners advance to the quarter finals that start Monday.
Losers play off in an elimination round Saturday night for their spot in the quarters: Squamish vs BMHA (winners play BWC), Alaska Lions vs Surrey (winners play Seafair), Arizona vs South Delta (winners play Alaska Aces), and San Diego vs Ridge Meadows (winners play Cowichan).
After the round robin games four Lower Mainland teams posted perfect 3-0 records, BWC, Seafair, Surrey and Burnaby Minor.
BWC defeated Arizona 4-0 in the opener, San Diego 6-0 in game 2, and then Alaska Aces 5-0 on Saturday.
Seafair downed San Diego 6-0, and Arizona 2-0 Friday, and Cowichan Valley 5-2 on Saturday.
Surrey opened with a 3-1 win vs South Delta, a 17-2 thrashing of Squamish on Friday, and a 6-0 shutout vs Ridge Meadows on Saturday.
Burnaby Minor posted a 3-2 win over Ridge Meadows Friday; then a 6-0 win over the Alaska Lions and a 7-1 win over Squamish on Saturday.
At the end of play Saturday, the Alaska Aces had posted the best US team record, downing Arizona 7-2 and Cowichan 6-1.
Cowichan was 1-2, losing to BWC and Seafair, defeating San Diego 7-5.
Quarters start at 8:15 am Monday, and semis at 6:00 pm. Medal games play Tuesdsay, Dec 31, with bronze medal game at 9:00 am, Gold/Silver at noon.
At the start of play the Alaska Junior Aces are the top ranked US team participating, currently ranked at #18 in the US, with a record of 7-4-1; Arizona Bobcats are ranked 43 (11-12-4); San Diego Jr. Gulls #51 (20-11-2).
BWC Bruins are ranked #3 in Western Canada (31-3-3), Cowichan Valley (25-5-0) are ranked #18 (and #7 in BC), Seafair (32-12-1) is ranked is #22 (and #9) in BC.
All games at Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave, Burnaby). Admission is free.