Delta Hockey Academy are now two-time champions of the high profile Chilliwack Bantam AAA tourney, after defeating Yale Hockey Academy 5-4 in a thrilling final Monday afternoon.
Delta had rolled through the round robin to finish first overall, and then downed another Academy, Shawnigan Lake, 5-1 in the semi final Monday morning. Shawnigan had finished #3 in the round robin.
After being handed a 5-3 robin robin loss by North Shore Winter Club, the Yale Academy bounced back with a 4-3 OT win in the semi final rematch Sunday night. Yale then downed #2 Okanagan Hockey Academy 4-2 Monday morning to set up the final.
In the final, it was all Delta in the first period. Aidan Barfoot scored just 39 seconds in and then Arshdeep Bains followed up about five minutes later.
Yale got one back on a penalty shot by Harrison Blaisdell with about five minutes to left in the frame, but Delta answered less than a minute later on a power play goal by Lukas Svejkovsky to close out the period with a 3-1 lead.
But it was a different story in the second as Blaisdell added two more, the first on a power play about four and half minutes in, the second at even strength four minutes later. Then, with the clock ticking down, Yale’s Gage Goncalves scored one more, to give Yale a 4-3 lead at the end of two.
But Delta were not phased by the three goal second period onslaught. There was no scoring in the half of the third period. Delta’s Robbie Fromm-Delorme then scored on a power play with about eight minutes left to tie it up, 4-4.
Barfoot, with his second, clinched it with 1:40 left, to give Delta the championship, 5-4.
|Delta Hockey Academy||6||0||0||12||36||10||100|
|Yale Hockey Academy||5||1||0||10||24||16||86|
|Pursuit of Excellence||3||3||0||6||34||18||68|
|NS Winter Club A1||2||2||0||4||12||12||42|
|Rocky Mtn Raiders||1||2||1||3||17||20||77|
|Ridge Meadows A1||1||3||0||2||16||22||43|