Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget hockey teams from Castlegar are competing at Provincials Championships across the province during spring break. Here’s an updated summary:
PEE WEE TIER 3 – Creston, B.C.
Sunday, Mar 17 – The first game against Quesnel Thunder, according to updates from bchockey.net, was competitive with Castlegar outshooting the Thunder almost two to one. The score, however, remained 1 – 1 going into the third with good goaltending. Quesnel scored early in the frame to take the lead but Castlegar tied it up near the six minute mark. Quesnel wouldn’t be denied, though, and put in another with 3:29 left on the clock for the 3 – 2 win.
Monday, Mar. 18 – Whitehorse jumped out to an early 2 – 0 lead in the first period, before Castlegar got on the board at 5:44. The bombardment continued with Whitehorse scoring two more before Castlegar got one back near the end of the period. Castlegar edged closer in the second period with the only goal of that frame to make it 4 – 2 heading to the final period. Castlegar scored early to tie the game but Whitehorse took the lead about a minute after. But the Castlegar team gritted out two more unanswered goals for a 6 – 5 victory.
Tuesday Mar. 19 – early morning game against Burnaby Winter Club
Wednesday, Mar. 20 – two games today; in the morning against Dawson Creek and in the evening with Creston
Thursday – 3rd place game at 8 a.m. and championship game at 11 a.m.
MIDGET TIER 3 – Port Alberni, B.C.
Sunday, Mar. 17 – There were ten goals in this battle with Victoria edging Castlegar 6 – 4. Castlegar goal-scorers were # 11 Ren Mason, # 10 Luke Ponte (PP), # 16 Edward Lindsey and # 18 Trevr Rigby.
Monday, Mar. 18 – A 10 a.m. game against Whistler was not a fun one for the Castlegar Midget Tier 3 team, as the Whitler squad got to double-digits in an uneven 10 – 2 game. They will be looking for a stronger performance at 5:30 p.m. when they take on Whitehorse.
Tuesday, Mar. 19 – 3 p.m. versus Quesnel
Wednesday, Mar. 20 – no games
Thursday, Mar. 21 semin finals
Friday, Mar. 22 – 3rd place game at 8 a.m. and final at 11 a.m.
BANTAM TIER 3 MALE – Dawson Creek, B.C.
Sunday, Mar. 17 – An early 7 a.m. game against Quesnel saw Castlegar take a narrow 2 – 1 loss with the goal coming from Castlegar’s Mathew Zwick. It was a goal from Quesnel’s Matt Kuehn with 24 seconds on the clock that secured the win for Quesnel.
A second game at 5 p.m. against Cranbrook went in favour of the Castlegar squad 4 – 1, with two goals each credited to to Tanner Costa and Garret Pattersen. Costa got the first goal of the game mid-way through the first, and banged home another less than two minutes into the second. Garret Pattersen then scored two of his own on the night in the second and third periods.
Monday, Mar. 18 – Castlegar was down early after two quick Revelstoke goals but bounced right back to tie it up before 20 minutes had passed.Tanner Costa got his third and fourth of the series about a minute apart to level things heading in to the second period. After just 1:10 had passed to start the third, Castlegar’s Kadrian Klimchuk scored the first of his two on this night to make it a 4 – 2 Castlegar lead through 40 minutes. In the third, Solomn Burke, Castlegar goaltender, was perfect in net and Castlegar’s Garret Patterson got in on the two-goals each pattern to make it a 6 – 2 Castlegar win.
Tuesday, Ma. 19 – 6 p.m. versus Juan de Dfuca
Wednesday, Mar. 20 – semi – finals
Thursday, Mar. 21 – 8 a.m. 3rd place game and 11 a.m. championship game
BANTAM A FEMALE – Vernon, B.C.
Sunday, Mar. 17- A late 8 p.m. start for the Cstlegar Bantam A Wildcats against host team Greater Vernon, ended with each team securing a point. Vernon struck first but Castlegar’s Kendra Waterstreet answered with time winding down in the first. Castlegar then took the lead on a marker from Merissa Dawson but Vernon tied it up about a minute and a half later. Vernon then took the lead late in the game and Castlegar pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker. Jessica Bonacci scored unassisted to get the tie with just 1:03 left on the clock.
Monday, Mar 18 – Juan de Fuca secured a 3 – 0 shutout of the Castlegar Wildcats on 40 shots. Castlegar mustered a good effort, taking 21 shots of their own but could not fool Juan de Fuca goaltender Tanya Lowry. Team manager, Lori Dawson said there were a lot of penalties in the game and had beaten the same team in a tournament in Surrey by a score of 2 – 1.
Tuesday, Mar. 19 – 9:30 a.m. against Tri Cities Female
Tuesday, Mar. 19 – 5 p.m. against Prince George
Wednesday, Mar. 20 – semi finals