October 12, 2014
The North Shore Winter Club Bantam A2 team shut out the Calgary Royals AA team 5-0 in the final to clinch the championship of this year’s Kelowna Bantam Tier 2 tournament.
The Winterhawks dominated the play in all five games they played this weekend, despite losing a 5-3 decision to Trail Smoke Eaters in their final round robin game on Saturday. In all games the team outshot the opposition by a wide margin, but came up against some tough goaltenders throughout the tournament.
In game 3, the Smoke Eaters broke out for 3 goals in 46 seconds midway through the third to overcome a 3-2 disadvantage for the win. The Hawks had opened with an 8-4 win over the Penticton Vees, last year’s champs, on Friday, then downed the Calgary Royals 5-2 in their second game, to finish first in Pool A with a 2-0-1 record and a 16-11 GF/GA record.
The Vancouver T-Bird A2s finished first in Pool B, running the table against Kelowna 9-1, Chilliwack 9-1 and Langley 5-0, to go 3-0-0 with a 24-3 GF/GA record, but then lost 5-4 in overtime to the Royals in the morning cross-over semi. The T-Birds had battled back from a 3-1 deficit at the halfway point, to tie the game 4-4, then lost 5-4 in OT.
The Winterhawks had advanced on a 5-3 win over Langley in the morning semi. As in earlier games, the close score did not reflect the game play, as the Hawks outshot Langley by a 4:1 margin.
The team had been looking forward to a rematch against the T-Birds as the Vancouver Westside team had edged the Hawks 2-1 in an exhibition game September 30.