December 2, 2014
The Hollyburn Huskies commenced PCAHA Flight 1 league play November 14, after returning as champions of the 21st Annual South Delta Tim Jardine Bantam AAA showcase, where they ran the table with a perfect 6 and 0 record, November 6-10.
The Huskies started the regular season with a penalty filled 3-1 loss to a surprisingly solid Seattle team, giving up two goals while shorthanded two players in the third period.
Next was disappointing 6-3 defeat to Ridge Meadows in which two Huskies players received major penalties and game misconducts.
Hollyburn rebounded with a much better, more disciplined effort in game three against the BWC Bruins, losing by a respectable 6-3 score in a fast paced, physical game.
In game four, the Huskies broke out of their slump with a 3-2 win against the Abbotsford Hawks thanks to Marcus van der Made’s game winning goal with one second on the clock and solid goaltending from 6’1” returning backstop Dylan West.
Last Friday, Hollyburn unveiled “Hockey Night at Hollyburn” with a televised broadcast of the Bantam A1 and Midget A1 matchups (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyv9CRZ69_U).
The Huskies were inspired by their TV debut and posted a dominant 4-0 win over Cloverdale (then 5-1-0). Captain Jordan Jarvis lead the way, centering the first line and scoring a goal and two assists, along with assistant D-man Trevor Longo with a goal and an assist.
Hollyburn finished the weekend with a rare Sunday night tilt against the league leading NSWC Winterhawks who were playing an unusual home game at Coquitlam Ice Sports.
Despite NSWC having already played Semiahmoo (5-1) earlier that day, the Winterhawks dominated from puck drop.
North Shore built a 4-0 lead thanks to two goals by highly ranked forward Luka Burzan and singles by Dominic Davis and Jackson Leppard, before the Huskies found their legs and responded with three unanswered goals in the back-half of the game.
Forward Denis Tuck got the Huskies on the board late in the second period, followed by a tally less than a minute later by power forward Aidan Sutherland. The third period was much more evenly matched, with the high octane NSWC offense thwarted by West and the shot clock slowly tilting more in Hollyburn’s favour.
Coaches Mike Allen and Steve Allen pulled their goalie late in the third, and were immediately rewarded with a goal by Jarvis in a goal mouth scramble.
After winning possession off the draw, the Huskies pulled their goalie again and dominated play in North Shore’s end for the remainder of the game. A brilliant toe save by Donovan Buskey off a one-timer slap shot from the faceoff circle by Longo with three seconds left preserved the win for the Hawks, and moved their PCAHA record to 7-0.
The Huskies look to build off of the momentum they’ ve generated over the past three games, at this weekend’s Rick Lapointe Bantam AAA Showcase, hosted by the Victoria Raquet Club.
The Huskies hope to improve upon their performance in the finals of the tournament last year, where they succumbed to Langley by a one-goal margin in the Championship game.