Vancouver Spirit are new BC Tier 2 Bantam Champions

in playoffs

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The Vancouver Spirit continued their three game winning streak against the North Shore Winter Club A2s, downing the Winterhawks 5-1 in the semis to set up a trip to the finals, where they dominated Greater Trail, taking the BC banner with a 8-0 win.

The Championship game was a complete reversal of the round robin matchup on day two, where Trail had jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before Vancouver came back to close within one late in the game. However, Trail scored on an empty netter to close it out at 7-5.

The semi-final game with the Winterhawks was an exciting match that was much closer than the score indicated. The Hawks came out flying and dominated the first period 14-8 in shots, but the Spirit recovered in the second and closed the period with the score tied 1-1.

The Spirit then scored early in the third, and the held a 2-1 lead til the middle of the frame, before getting the key third goal about midway through the frame. The Hawks were out of gas, and weren’t able to stop the surging East Van team, as the final scored closed out 5-1.

East Van’s Cameron Luk was a one man wrecking crew, tallying three of the goals.

The Spirit finished the round robin with a 1-1-1 record, in second place; opening with a 10-1 win over Prince George, before the 7-2 loss Trail, and then tying Campbell River 4-4 in their final round robin game.

Campbell River also finished the round robin 1-1-1, losing their opener 6-5 vs Greater Trail, winning their second 9-3 vs PG, then tying Vancouver 4-4, to finish out of the playoffs due to the GF-GA tie breaker 21-7 vs 18-13.

Greater Trail had locked up first place in the Spirit pool after two games, with the wins over Campbell River and Vancouver. They lost 5-3 to PG in a meaningless round robin game.

In the silver medal game, NSWC faced a depleted West Kelowna team, who were missing five starters due to injuries and a suspension. The Winterhawks coaches decided a ‘friendly’ might be a good way to finish, and after discussions with the West Kelowna coaches, played to a high scoring no-D 9-7 NSWC decision.

In an odd twist, due to an unbalanced schedule, the third place Hawks ended the tournament with more wins and more points than both first place Vancouver and second place Trail, who both played five games vs six for the Winterhawks.

Tournament organizers in future might want to invite an extra team to avoid an unbalanced schedule, so that an equal number of games are played in the round robin by all teams, and the winner finishes with the most points.

 

Final Standings:

1. Vancouver Spirit A1, 3-1-1, 7 pts.

2. Greater Trail 3-1-0, 6 pts.

3. North Shore Winter Club A2, 4-2-0, 8 pts.

4. West Kelowna, 3-3-0, 6 pts.

5. Cranbrook, 2-1-1, 5 pts.

6. Campbell River, 1-1-1, 3 pts.

7. Vanderhoof, 1-1-1, 3 pts.

8. Prince George, 1-2-0, 2 pts.

9. Fort St. John, 0-4-0, 0 pts.

 

All Scores:

Tier 2 Schedule
Sunday,15-Mar
# Time Home GF Visitor GF
1 9:00AM Vancouver  10 Prince George  1
2 11:30AM West Kelowna  5 Cranbrook  3
3 2:00PM Campbell River  5 Greater Trail  6
4 4:30PM NSWC  9 Fort St John  0
5 7:30PM Cranbrook  7 Vanderhoof  7
Monday, 16-Mar
# Time Home GF Visitor GF
6 9:00AM NSWC  6 West Kelowna  4
7 11:30AM Prince George  3 Campbell River  9
8 2:00PM Fort St John  1 Vanderhoof  5
9 4:30PM Greater Trail  7 Vancouver  5
10 7:00PM Cranbrook  5 NSWC  3
Tuesday,17-Mar
# Time Home GF Visitor GF
11 7:30AM West Kelowna  6 Fort St John  3
12 10:00AM Vanderhoof  6 NSWC  5
13 12:30PM Vancouver  4 Campbell River  4
14 3:00PM Prince George 5 Greater Trail  3
15 5:30PM Vanderhoof  5 West Kelowna  6
16 7:30PM Fort St John  1 Cranbrook  3
18-Mar
# Time Home GF Visitor GF
17 8:00AM Trail  4 West Kelowna  1
1st Place Division A vs. 2nd Place Division B
18 10:30AM NSWC  1 Vancouver  5
1st Place Division B vs. 2nd Place Division A
19 5:00PM NSWC  9 West Kelowna  7
3rd Place Game
20 8:00PM Vancouver  8 Greater Trail 0
Championship Game