Thunder perfect in Nanaimo
Led by three Midget division teams from the Surrey Minor Hockey Association, six local minor hockey teams are competing for BC Hockey provincial championships throughout the province this week.
The other teams to qualify for one of the 15 tournaments in the minor age groups are the Cloverdale Colts Tier 1 teams in both the Bantam and Midget age groups, and the Surrey Falcons Pee Wee female team.
The Surrey Thunder are off to a perfect 2-0 (won-loss) start at the Tier 1 Midget tournament in Nanaimo, after edging Kelowna 2-1 Sunday afternoon then doubling Cloverdale 6-3 Monday morning.
The Colts are in second place at 2-1. Prior to their loss to the Thunder, Cloverdale ripped the host Nanaimo Clippers 5-1 Sunday morning, then got past Prince George 3-2 Monday night.
The top two teams in the six-team round robin tournament play a championship game tonight (Wednesday).
– At the Midget Tier 2 tournament in Salmon Arm, the Surrey Hurricanes opened round robin play with a 4-4 tie with Port Alberni, then stopped Williams Lake 6-4 Monday evening.
Ram Brar tallied twice, with Steve Hayes and Jason Makowski adding one each against Port Alberni, while Hayes with two goals, Jonathan Philley, Levin Harrison, Shane Kumar and Ben Blake scored against Williams Lake.
– The Surrey Storm is the host team for the Tier 4 Midget tournament at the North Surrey Recreation Centre, and were in first place after two days of play after the got past Saanich 3-2 Sunday afternoon then hammered Mackenzie 15-2 Monday night.
The top two squads in the seven-team tournament will play in the championship game at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) night.
– At the Bantam Tier 1 tournament in Abbotsford, the Cloverdale Colts beat Prince George 4-3 in their first contest, then played to a 2-2 against Kamloops in game two on Monday, and were in second place after two days of play.
– Two wins in as many games has the Surrey Falcons atop the standings at the Pee Wee female tournament in Kamloops.
Jasmine Bal, Natalie Richardson, Jessie Sangha and Katelin Korman were the goal scorers in a 4-0 win over Kamloops Sunday afternoon. The Falcons followed up with a 5-2 triumph over Victoria Monday morning, with Sarah Merx netting a pair, and Richardson, Sangha and Korman adding singles.