After three games, the North Shore Winter Club Midget A1 team is leading the Tier 1 Neely division of the Richmond Midget International tournament, with three straight wins.
The club defeated Juan de Fuca Grizzlies 5-2 Sunday, led by a three goal performance from Erik Frezell, and a solid performance from goaltender Jacob Mackenzie, to take the early lead in the 8 team division.
Mitch Bertram opened the scoring 24 seconds into the first. Frezell then scored at 8:03 and 10:46, before JDF’s Brendon Wilson tallied at 12:53.
Alex Uryga scored at 13:20 of the second, before Frezell’s third at 16:06.
Kieran Cardinal closed the scoring with goal at 9:18 of the third.
Uryga and Bertram are leading the goal scoring stats so far with 7 and 5 goals respectively.
On opening day Saturday, the Winterhawks won both their games, beginning with a 4-0 shutout over Surrey Thunder, and then downing Cowichan 7-4 in the evening game.
The Winterhawks will close out their round robin with a game Monday morning vs the California Wave U16AAA.
The Wave lost 5-2 to the Kamloops Lions Sunday, after opening with a 6-1 win over Abbotsford on Saturday.
The Lions are also undefeated after their first two – they downed Juan de Fuca 6-0 Saturday and will play Cowichan on Monday. Ryan Clifford is leading the Lions and the Tier 1 assist column with a goal and seven apples.
In the seven team Sawada Division, host Richmond Blues and Langley Eagles are undefeated at 2-0-0, and are tied with 4 points at the top with the Alaska Wolves who are 2-1-0, losing to Richmond 2-1 Saturday.
Richmond then downed Vancouver Thunderbirds 3-0 Sunday.
Langley edged the Cloverdale Colts 5-4 in their opener Saturday and then downed Shawnigan Lake School 5-3 Sunday.