The NSWC and BWC Bantam A2s met Saturday at BWC in a tiering round game, that pitted the two rivals together for the first time this year.
The Winterhawks entered the game with a 4-2-0 record and their sights set on eventually matching Ridge Meadows 6-2-0 record and possibly a share of second place, and in the process catching and perhaps finishing ahead of Cloverdale, who were 4-1-1 on Saturday morning.
The Bruins were coming in with a 2-4-1 record and hoping to get a bit closer to a .500 record.
The game opened with BWC scoring first against the play on a goal from Alek Sukunda assisted by Christian Buono.
North Shore’s Jason Chu then tied the game on set up from Zachary Bolton and Jack McIntosh, as the Hawks resumed control of the play. However, BWC’s Eathan Reilly again restored the Bruins’ lead on a goal assisted by Sukunda with 4 minutes left in the period.
In the second, North Shore’s Owen Christiansen scored on a pass from Kyle Jennings with two minutes left and then the Hawk’s Eachn Machry opened a 3-2 lead on a set up by Caleb Magee with just 44 seconds left in the period.
But BWC battled back, with Buono scoring his second early in the third, on helpers from Isaac Alvarado and Arshdeep Bains, and then opened a 4-3 lead on a goal from Alvarado assisted by Micheal Martino.
But the Hawks weren’t done yet.
D-man Cole Moberg finished the scoring with the tying goal with just 1:10 left on pass from Cam Chin and Jarret Raymond, to move the Hawks to a 4-2-1 record, while the Bruins closed out the 8 game round 2-4-2.
The Winterhawks finish tiering with a key contest against Cloverdale on Monday night.
The Colts downed Surrey 5-3 on Sunday to move to 5-1-1, so the game will be key for both teams. A Cloverdale win will put the team in second place a point ahead of Ridge Meadows, and possibly could mean a move to Tier 1.
Richmond finished 7-1-0, their lone loss a 2-1 decision to the Colts on Oct 26, and will likely move up, on a 34 GF vs 8 GA record.
Cloverdale is 27 GF – 16 GA; North Shore is 21 GF-19 GA.