Minor hockey round-up
The arch-rival Juan de Fuca Grizzlies enjoyed their visit to SEAPARC last Saturday with an easy win over the Atom C1 boys. Missing three players due to various circumstances, the Thunderbirds were forced to juggle the line up and play extra shifts. However, it was all Grizzilies all the time as the first shot on net scored and the Thunderbirds trailed from that point after. With the shots 18 to 3 in favor of the Grizzilies mid point in the second period the boys were simply out hustled, out muscled and out played.
At the start of the third period the score was only 3-0 and the Thunderbirds finally came to life with Kaiden Rheault scoring a great shot high on the glove side. But the continued pressure of the Grizzilies was too much, scoring again quickly making it 4-1. Nicholas Anderson ever determined stuffed in the puck past the Grizzlies’ net minder on a drive to the net to deliver himself a present on his own birthday. Soon after, Blake Reymerink blasted a shot and scored to make it 4-3 late in the third.
Momentum was shifting and the comeback seemed possible but with Thunderbird goalie Connor North facing 35 shots and his team only providing 10, Juan de Fuca skated away with a 6-3 win as the buzzard sounded.
The team is anticipating having a full roster as they take on the Victoria Icehawks in Oak Bay next Sunday. This reporter heard the word in the change room is thunder and a promise to play a spirited game.
The Hockey Fan
The Victoria JDF Atom C team came from behind to tie the Sooke Atom C-2s this past Saturday on the ice of the SEAPARC Leisure Complex.
Noah Hamilton of Sooke scored the first goal at the 9.30 mark of the first period, sending the puck over the blocker of the goalie. Malcom Isaac scored the second goal for Sooke off a rebound. The team returned for a third goal later in the period as Shaunisun Roper sent a higher bouncer over the right-side again of the Grizzlie’s netminder, with Claudia MacDonald assisting.
Conner Bainbridge was in goal for the Sooke Atom C-2s, and had a couple of big saves in the first period including one at the 3.47 mark. The score at the end of the first period saw Sooke up 3-0.
Sooke went up 4-0 on a breakaway by Assistant Captain John Stalker at the beginning of the second period. However, this was to be the last time the team put the black disc in the net as the Victoria Grizzlies scored one at the 5.25 mark. The period ended with Sooke up 4 goals to 1.
The last period was all about the Grizzlies as Atom player Brian Vu stuffed one pastBainbridge at 16:58. Sooke failed to capitalize on a body check penalty against Ethan Burke at the 11:19 mark of the period, the only penalty of the game. Ethan Burke came out of the penalty box and paid the Thunderbird team back with a goal to bring the Grizzlies within one.
The Sooke C-2s were dominated in most of the last period, rarely pushing the puck out of its own zone. The team registered only 3 shots-on-goal that period (out of 19 total), while the JDF Grizzlies took 13 shots in the third alone, racking up 22 total. With 36 seconds left on the clock, the JDF Grizzlies tied the game on a goal by Xander Blackstock.
The team thus settled for a kiss-your-sister type draw. It was better than a loss. “Tie happens” one parent, who will remain anonymous, was caught saying.
Coaches Drew Mackinnon of the Sooke Thunderbird C-2s and James Griffin of the Victoria Grizzlies C-4s shook hands afterward and both teams went to the locker room in a neutral spirit, reflecting on what they could have done better to have scored just one more goal.
On a happy note, the Sooke C-2 team continues to improve its skating, skills, and position play through rigorous practice sessions and this is showing in improving results.
Sooke Novice 2W
The practices are paying off as the Sooke Novice 2W piled up the goals as they downed Kerry Park B3 squad. Sooke offence was provided by Dumont, Jenkins, Ouellette, Roper, and Stanley. Forwards Samantha Kingcott and Tyson Robinson had strong games playing the wing, while Coen Brumovsky was in control of the face offs all night. Daniel Wiley was “solid” in the net showing off his big league poke-checking abilities, as Rose and Bosence keep the traffic in front of the goal to a minimum.
The players continue to develop their skills and every game it is shown in leaps and bounds. Next Sunday Dec. 9 the team travels to Oak Bay Rec centre to take on the Victoria Ice Hawks C at 7 a.m. The team would like to thank Sooke Cabinets and Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza for helping them buy new practice jerseys and team jackets.
The Sooke Bantam Girls played the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies on Sunday in Sooke. It was an exciting game and both teams played very well.
Sooke opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal by one of our superstar defence, Jaime Lafontaine. The Grizzlies answered back in the first period, so it was all tied up going into the second. In the second period, Hailey Dimock scored with an assist by Haley Olejnik. The game ended with a final score of 2-1 for the Sooke Bantam Girls. It should also be noted the our goalie Michelle Lacombe played an outstanding game.