Midget — Christmas came early for the midget rep this weekend with two league games.
Hosting Tri-Port Saturday, Sooke sent an early first period message with two goals within 15 seconds of each other. Quinton MacDonell scored with assists from Jared Pleasants and Trevor Wickheim, then Luke Pitrie potted a goal with assist from Bradon Senft.
Nick Pfeifer kept the party going with a goal midway through the frame. Nick Dueck was busy in net for Sooke with Tri-Port managing to slip one past making it 3-1 after the first.
Tri-Port threatened with a power play goal midway through the second, but Sooke responded with one of their own from Senft with set up passing from Pfeifer and Pitrie.
The third period was all home team with another goal from Pfeifer and assists from Alfred Nelson and Senft, and a marker from Pleasants with the assist from Pfiefer. The final goal for Sooke was a power play wrister from the point from Ryan Elder making the final score 7-2 Sooke.
Sundays game had Port Alberni SEAPARC with Tyler Olekseiw between the posts for Sooke.
Strong defense from Brendan David and Nelson held the first period scoreless, but midway through the second the home team scored with a goal from Pfiefer with the assist from Senft.
Not forty seconds later, Pitrie scored with assists from Senft and Brandon Cornbill. For good measure, Senft came back again with a power play goal with assist from Linden White.
Port Alberni was unable to score on a five-on-three, but late in the second did manage two power play goals bringing the score Sooke 3 Port Alberni 2 after two periods.
A tense third period had the visitors tie the game early, and after much battling along the boards and in the corners, a nice set up from Pleasants and Tom Kirk allowed Cornbill to pot a beautiful wrist shot from the blue line to give Sooke the winning goal. Port Alberni pulled their goalie, but to no avail with Sooke winning 4-3. Next home game is Jan. 8 at noon.
Bantam — The Wittich Environmental Services Ltd. bantam C Boys team showed up at the Archie Browning Sports Arena on Saturday with more than enough determination to win their game against the Victoria C2 team.
The team played a well disciplined game, kept penalties to a minimum and showed their passing skills once again, as steady goals throughout each of the periods gave them a decisive win.
Short two strong forwards and a solid defense player, the coaches were able to shuffle the lines as needed.
Good pressure on the Victoria net throughout the game created multiple goals by Dryden Alexander, with one each from Dominic Lacroix and Jamie Crevier.
Chadwick Mason, Garrett Chiasson and Marco Carello provided assists, and Taylor Haisall has shown consistent play in goal, only allowing two goals in the game.
Atom C1 — The Sooke Thunderbirds atom 1 team dominated in Saturday’s match at SEAPARC against the Peninsula Eagles.
Five minutes into the first period, Ben Ackinclose, who had three goals in the game, picked up a loose puck at the Eagles’ blue line, deked the two defending players and put a wrist shot into the mesh. That sparked an eventual onslaught of goals that ended in a 22-0 blowout. Among the many goals scored, Angus Dobie had a big day with a hat trick.
Sunday’s game against the Saanich Braves was more competitive with the boys coming out on top 12-0. Nick Haisell earned a well deserved shutout stopping several breakaway opportunities.
The skilled passing of the Thunderbirds enabled Braydon Blythe to rack up a hat trick, Blake Reymerink, Finley Arthurs and Matthew Lyons each had a pair and John Richardson, Jai Govender and William Couture added a goal each.
Novice — The Novice 3 Sooke Thunderbirds handily beat the Saanich Braves at SEAPARC last Saturday.
The team was passing well with numerous shots hitting the post allowing Saanich to stay in the game behind 2-0 at the end of the first period.
At the start of the second period Nemo Anderson found the back of the net and seemingly unlocked the door for the Thunderbirds to deposit nine more goals ending in a 12-0 win. The team’s second shut of the year was recorded thanks to Tait Bishop who, although wasn’t tested often, made the saves when required. Jordan English scored twice in one shift but amazingly had both waved off.
Later in the third period undeterred, Jordan scored again along with Alex Kozinka placing the game officially out of reach for Saanich. The Braves had few scoring opportunities as the Thunderbirds dominated time of possession and monopolized the puck. Kobe Knowles led in the team in scoring and together with Grant Gilbertson who scored twice excited the fans with one-timers and passing plays.