Jan 4. 2014
The NSWC Bantam A2s ran the table with four straight wins at the KIBIHT tourney, before coming up against top ranked Penticton Vees in the semi-finals.
The Vees proved too much for the Winterhawks, downing them 9-4, with a five goal flurry in the third period, and now move on to play the equally hot Vernon Vipers in the final.
The Hawks were in the game for the first two thirds of the game. The first period ended 1-1, then 4-3 Penticton after two, and was evened up 4-4 on an early third period goal by Jonas Leas, his second of the game.
But that was the last hurrah for the Hawks, as the Vees quickly answered with three quick ones in mid frame, and then two more late to close out the game.
Four Vees were particularly effective in the offensive zone for Penticton. Josh Maser had a goal and three assists; Tyler Maser had two goals, as did Simon Snyman. Raphael Bassot assisted on two of Snyman’s goals and added one of his own.
The Winterhawks may have been lulled into a false sense of security after their first four games. Three of the four were one-sided affairs with not a lot of push back from the competition.
Certainly the first few games provided an opportunity for the team to work on their scoring touch; and two of the team’s top snipers finished in a four-way tie for second in the three game round robin scoring. Connor Rutledge scored 4G and 4A; Jonas Leas was 3G 5A. Affiliate Kyle Jennings had 6 assists, Ben Landon had 4G 1A, and Liam Kindree scored 3G 2A.
Only the Vernon Vipers had as many players in the top 25 offensive standings in the round robin.