The Okanagan Hockey Academy is the last BC team standing at the 36th edition of St. Albert’s John Reid Memorial Bantam AAA Hockey Tournament. The Penticton based Academy team downed defending champion North Shore Winter Club 3-2 in overtime Saturday, to advance to the final Sunday vs LA Kings.
NSWC held a 2-0 lead late into the fhird period, on goals from Justin Alemeida and Nolan Kneen, but OHA had outplayed and outshot the Winterhawks for most of the game. OHA rallied on a goal by Ethan O’Rouke with 3:31 left, and then tied it up with 1:06 left on a goal from Jonathan Smart one with the goaltender pulled.
The two quick goals were soon followed by another. Jordan Robinson notched the winner just 1:18 into the OT frame, with helpers from Scott Walford and Parm Dhaliwal.
OHA goaltender Jordan Hollet got the win, stopping 14; North Shore’s Dorrin Luding made 23 saves in the loss.
Hollet was named tournament top goaltender at the banquet Saturday night.
Three North Shore players were also awarded: Nolan Kneen was named top defenceman in the tourney, Jordy Bellerive was named top forward and Tournament MVP, and forward Brett Stapley was named to the Iginla All Star team.
North Shore then hit the ice Sunday morning, and rallied from a 4-1 deficit to down Winnipeg 5-4 in the Bronze medal game Sunday morning. Brett Stapley scored for four for the Hawks in the win. First year D Kabir Gill was injured on a hit from behind in the game, and taken to hospital for observation but will be OK.
‘Peg was downed 5-4 by LA in their semi Saturday afternoon.
OHA rival academy Pursuit of Excellence, from Kelowna, lost in a 4-3 shootout to the Kings in the morning quarterfinals.
Early favorite Burnaby Winter Club failed to advance to the medal round after losing two of three in the round robin.
However the Bruins downed St. Albert Sabres 2-1 in OT consolation, and will advance to the B final Sunday against Notre Dame Hounds.