March 7, 2014
It was sweet revenge for the BWC Bantam A1 Bruins last Monday as they iced the North Shore Winterhawks 2-1 to claim the PCAHA league championship banner for the second year in a row.
The Winterhawks had come out on top in the previous outing, Game 19 of the regular season on Feb 1, with a 3-1 win, to clinch the regular season banner. Both teams were tied at 48 points going into the game.
The Bruins then finished off Vancouver T-Birds 7-2 in their final regular season outing and received a bye into the second round of playoffs, where they easily handled #17 Ridge Meadows 10-2, and #14 Cloverdale, 11-1 and 7-1 before entering the Final 4.
In their first F4 game, the Bruins downed #4 Langley 8-4 before coming up against some resistance in a determined #6 Hollyburn club, in game two. The Huskies led 2-1 at the half way point, but couldn’t hold off the Bruins, who came back to win 5-3.
That set up the rematch against the Winterhawks in the final game, and the 2-1 banner win.
But the big one, the Provincial Title, is still head, and the even bigger one, the Western Canadian Championship, ahead of that.
Both Winter Club teams have this weekend off to practice, before traveling to Prince George next weekend in pursuit of the BC title and a ticket, as BC Champion, to the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championships in Kelowna, mid-April.
The Bruins and Winterhawks will face Cowichan Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, along with host Prince George in the BCs.
Over all BC Rankings and qualifying* club records including exhibition and tournament play, so far this year:
1. NSWC, 56-4-1
3. BWC, 54-6-5
5. Kamloops Blazers, 36-12-3.
6. Cowichan Valley Eagles, 41-26-7.
8. Kelowna Rockets, 29-17-3
14. Prince George Cougars, 17-18-1
* #2 Okanagan Hockey Academy, 39-8-2; and #4 Pursuit of Excellence, 38-12-1; are both private Academy schools, and are ineligible for Provincial Championship play.
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