With top two Lower Mainland PCAHA teams from North Shore Winter Club and Burnaby Winter Club opting to rest up in preparation for the John Reid Memorial in St. Albert, the favorites to win Tier 1 of this year’s KIBIHT tournament include the three Canadian Sports School League teams, led by #1 ranked Delta Hockey Academy, along with Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton), and Pursuit of Excellence (Kelowna), plus the #3-4-5 teams from the PCAHA: Richmond, Cloverdale and Vancouver Thunderbirds.
Also among the contenders host Kamloops Blazers, after having won the recent Kelowna-hosted Tommy Guns Bantam AAA tournament, and Victoria Racquet Club.
DHA will be out to capture a third tournament title. The team won the season-opening Chilliwack AAA tournament in October, which included a 3-2 semi final win over NSWC and then a 4-3 final over the Colorado Thunderbirds, and then followed it up with a championship at the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Bantam AAA tournament in Calgary mid-November.
Richmond, who come is as the top PCAHA representative, will be looking to improve on their showing at the Rocky Mountain tournament, and build on their recent successes in the PCAHA.
In Calgary, the Blues were 1-3-1; they lost 3-1 to the Calgary North Stars, tied OHA 2-2, lost 5-4 to Rocky Mountain, beat Kamloops 3-2 in a shoot out, and finished with a 5-1 loss to Victoria, who are 7-0-1 in Island league play.
The Prince George Cougars could also be in the mix, as they are tied with Kamloops in the Okanagan Mainline League standings.
The tournament gets underway on News Eve day in Kamloops.
Hockey Hub will be following the tournament and update results regularly.
Here is an alphabetical list of the teams playing in Tier 1 of this year’s Kamloops International Bantam Tournament, along with their current league record as Wins, Losses, Ties, Goals For – Goals against, plus current standing in the league vs number teams in league bracket.
|Tier 1||Randy Lindos Division|
|Teams||League||League Record||League #|
|Abbotsford Hawks||PCAHA F1||4-8-0, 35-50||11/13|
|Airdrie Xtreme||AMHL||5-15-3, 55-89||17/22|
|Calgary Northstar Sabres||AMHL||11-10-3, 90-81||12/22|
|Cloverdale Colts||PCAHA F1||6-4-2, 24-26||4/13|
|Delta Academy Prep||CCSHL||9-3-2, 57-35||1/4|
|Kamloops Jr. Blazers||OMHA||7-1-2, 24-9||1/3|
|Kelowna Jr. Rockets||OMHA||2-3-4, 28-8||3/3|
|OHA Prep||CCSHL||5-5-1, 35-35||2/4|
|PG Jr. Cougars||OMHA||4-5-2, 28-29||1/3|
|POE Prep||CCSHL||5-6-0, 33-44||3/4|
|Richmond Blues||PCAHA F1||7-2-3, 39-20||3/13|
|Seattle Sno-King Elite||PCAHA F1||4-6-2, 33-30||7/13|
|Semiahmoo Ravens||PCAHA F1||3-6-3, 26-40||10/13|
|Vancouver Thunderbirds||PCAHA F1||7-4-1, 40-25||5/13|
|Victoria Racquet Club||VIAHA||7-0-1, 42-11||1/6|