Tape to Tape

Rink reports

The Sooke Novice 3 Thunderbirds entered Sunday’s game against the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies on a bit of a roll. The team had won three in a row and had suffered only one loss since Christmas. Incidentially, the aforementioned Grizzlies were responsible for that lone 2011 defeat and Sooke had revenge on their minds.

In typical Thunderbird fashion, Sooke came out flying with a couple of dominating shifts. The hard work paid off as Grant Gilbertson opened the scoring with a low wrist shot to the blocker side. After the Grizzlies tied the score Quinn MacDonald took over, grabbing the puck in the neutral zone and dancing into the offensive zone. Avoiding a couple of defenders with magical stickhandling, he slid a beautiful pass to a wide open Ben Ackinclose who converted the pass to put the Thunderbirds up 2-1.

The Grizzlies tied the score but this would be the last tie of the contest. Sooke ended the first period with a 5-2 lead on goals from Chris Piatkowski, Tait Bishop and John Richardson.

The second period featured an end-to-end rush by John Richardson and some stellar defensive play by Kobe Knowles, Justin Parker and Tyler Fogarty. Midway through the third period Ackinclose was once again the benefactor of a beautiful pass. Beau Hicks stole the puck at the Grizzlies blue line and with Gretzky-like vision set up Ackinclose with an easy tap in. Ian MacDonald closed out the scoring and the Thunderbirds posted a solid 10-4 road win.

The coaches were pleased with the performance and were impressed with the team’s unselfish play. The Thunderbirds now have a couple of weeks to prepare for a match against their archrivals, the Kerry Park Islanders.

-Kevin Ryan

Sooke’s Midget A Thunderbird boys blasted Kerry Park out of the Vancouver Island semi-finals on Sunday at SEAPARC.

The decisive 8-5 victory takes them to the final this weekend. Meanwhile, Juan de Fuca made the long trip up Island to defeat Triport so the two neighbouring south-Island  teams will battle to see who goes to Cranbrook and provincials in March.

In Sunday’s game both teams looked strong at the start and Kerry Park got the first goal. Sooke had some great shots on goal, but couldn’t get past Kerry Park’s netminder until Bradon Senft got the opportunity on a power play, assisted by Keltan Chandler and Clay McClimon. Nick Pfeifer moved them ahead, assisted by Ryan Litoski.

By the end of the first period Sooke had two more goals from Litoski and Derek McDougall, with assists from McDougall, Tyler Smith and Zack Tucker, for a 4-2 lead.

Sooke widened the gap in the second with goals from McDougall, Senft and Tom Kirk, while Kerry Park only got one more past Nick Dueck. Two quick goals for Kerry Park in the third caught Sooke off guard, but then they got a bit of insurance when Zach Lafontaine tapped in Aaron Kasper’s slapshot.

Despite playing 12 minutes of the third period shorthanded, Sooke held the lead to win the game.

– Doni Eve 

The Sooke People’s Drug Mart Atom C1 Thunderbirds scored back to back victories this weekend against the Saanich Braves. With most of the team earning at least one point on the weekend and some great goaltending from Hunter Burket and Austin Cavan, the Thunderbirds showed how well they work together as a team. Notable efforts were made on both days by Mercer Balzer and Triston Waskul who greatly contributed to keeping the Braves frustrated with their hard work and intensity.

The double win this weekend puts the C1 boys in great position for the upcoming playoffs.

– Cass Graber

Just Posted

High of 21 C for Wednesday

Plus your weekend forecast

UVic science and engineering research gets $18.8 million federal funding boost

Funding for engineering, science, sustainability research

Horse carriage supporters to rally outside city hall

Owner of carriage company plans rally in response to Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion

Virtual reality arcade in Langford opens doors to new worlds

‘You can be on the Titanic, petting giraffes in Africa… killing zombies or be chased by dinosaurs’

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

‘Conservation financing’ could stop old-growth logging

Reader says with this type of financing province recognizes the benefit of forests

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Mamma Mia! Here we go again at Sooke’s EMCS theatre

Production of Mamma Mi! features ABBA tunes that leave you humming

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Most Read