A beauty goal by speedster Ilijah Colina, beating NSWC defenders wide and then snapping a top shelf bullet at the 11:34 of the first period was the deciding goal in the 1-0 BWC Peewee A1 final versus NSWC at Vancouver Super Series 2000 tournament Sunday night.
BWC retains unofficial spot as top Peewee A1 team in BC as a result of the win, though many observers including some BWC parents, commented the team was fortunate to secure the win, as North Shore pressed hard for 60 minutes and at times dominated the play, out-chancing the Bruins more than 2:1; and outshooting them 30:10. So the question remains, who truly is number one team in BC?
New Winterhawk Sean Gulka was a threat everytime he was on the ice versus his former BWC team-mates; while Hawks wingers Jackson Shepard, Holden Katzlay and Jack McIntosh were dangerous on a number of shifts; with McIntosh hitting a post with two minutes left on quick shot from the bottom of the left circle.
BWC netminder Nick Lee played a terrific game; making many solid saves as North Shore attacked all game with a speed and tenacity. The Winterhawks powerplay was on fire but couldn’t beat Lee, in the two opportunities the Bruins gave up on a pair of hooking penalties.
The game was in many ways a replay of the game played the night before, which ended in a 2-2 tie; with the Winterhawks again on top of the shot clock, 32-16.
The tournament also saw the Kamloops Jardine Blazers in action; pressing the Winterhawks hard in tense 3-2 semi final loss; while also giving the Bruins a test in a 4-2 loss earlier in the day Saturday.
Blazers power forwards Ty Kolle and Ryan Chyzowski lead their team to third place finish in the tourney, while Dallas Elite Stars and Calgary’s Crowfoot A1s rounded out the competition.