The TR Midget hockey team traveled to Chetwynd to represent our community in a tournament February 25 and 26.
TR dropped its first game against a strong Chetwynd team, 9-4. ?You have to remember too that the Chetwynd team has only one 15 year old on their roster?, noted Coach Keith Bertrand. ?Just about all of our guys are 15. So we?ll see what happens once these guys get another year under their belt?. Chetwynd dominated our tournament two weeks ago, winning all their games and the title.
The second game pitted our boys against visitors from Prince George. PG opened the scoring before Garrett Pendleton and Jordan Pittman replied for a 2-1 lead. The visitors fought back with 2, until Pittman notched his second of the game with 36 seconds left in the period. They took an early 4-3 lead in the second when Pittman completed his hat trick to tie the score. PG scored 2 more markers before Justin Kruse scored with under 2 minutes to go. The second period closed 6-5 for PG.
In the third, Jordan Pittman scored again to tie the game, before PG added two more for an 8-6 lead. Tumbler Ridge fought back with a goal by Jordan Pouliot, a Bantam aged player brought up along with Jordie Cool for the weekend. With 3:23 to go, Pittman solidified his dominance of the contest by recording his 5th goal (and 6th point) to tie the game at 8.
Big Phil Hayden sat in the box for a couple of minor penalties.
Kristen Hough has been playing on the boys? team all season. The coach pointed out that this weekend she laid a big hit on an opposition player. The Big #8 on defense has played a consistent game all year. Considering the differences between boys and girls at this level, she has done a good job.
The third game result was an 8-2 loss to the team from Ft Nelson.
On a very positive note, the Midgets did bring home another most sportsmanlike team title, their 5th of the season in as many tournaments. ?That is quite a feather in our cap?, noted Associate coach Sye Hayden. ?In the NHL, the Lady Byng Memorial trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies consistent good sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, combined with a high standard of playing ability.? After a short pause, ?So we got the first part anyway; just need to work on the second leg?.