March 31, Kamloops
The North Shore Winter Bantam A2 finished their year in fine style, winning the 16 team Tier 2 title at the Kamloops International Bantam Iee Hockey Tournament, and placing two players on the All Star team.
Eathan de Jong was named top forward, David Tendeck top goal tender.
The Winterhawks were the only team to advance to the semis that did not post a perfect 4-0 record in the four pool round robin. The Hawks dropped a 6-5 decision to OHA Black in their opening game, giving up three unanswered goals in the third, then downed Cranbrook (3-1), Westside Warriors (5-4) and Calgary Bruins (5-2).
The team finished the round robin tied with the Warriors, but advanced on the head to head 5-4 tie breaker, in a game where de Jong scored a hat trick on a couple of helpers from defenceman Mack Gray.
The Hawks advanced to the finals after a convincing 5-1 semi-final win against Spokane Jr. Chiefs, who had added players from California Super Series teams to their roster. Alex Uryga lead the Hawks with a hat trick. Justin Wilson and Angus Crookshank added singles. Connor McIntosh scored the lone Spokane goal.
The Mission Stars reached the final after a 2-1 shoot win against the Hollyburn Huskies. Both teams had advanced with a perfect 4-0 records. The Huskies had battled North Vancouver 3-2, North Delta 4-3, PoE(2) 5-1 and Williams Lake 6-5. The Stars had defeated Penticton 6-3, Calgary Stampeders 2-1, Salmon Arm 6-2 and New Westminster 6-2.
In the championship game, de Jong quickly put the Winterhawks up 2-0 on goals assisted by Lee and Gray, and then set up Uryga midway through the second to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Angus Crookshank added another on a set up from Lee in the dying seconds of the middle frame, to give the Hawks a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Stars started the third period with a goaltender change, placing Jackson Pekeski in net, and the change seemed to spark the squad, as Jamie Housch and Nathan McKeigan quickly teamed up to put Mission on the board about four minutes in. The two then combined a second time, but with only 4:24 left.
Hawks team captain Erik Frezell soon closed the door, scoring the fifth North Shore goal with 2:54 left on a set up from Jordan Vann.
Bronze Medal Game:
Hollyburn defeated Spokane 8-4.
Summary, Tier 2, personal awards:
Tier 2 All Star team:
Top Forward, Eathan de Jong, NSWC
Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane
Jagger Williamson, Vernon
Alex Astiasiewicz, Salmon Arm Silvertips.
David Tendeck, NSWC
Top Coach: Bob Atchison, North Delta