Sooke Thunderbirds goalie Kurtis Hiltz is a study in concentration as he attempts to foil North Island Eagles defencman William Grant in the Bantam A Island final on Saturday at SEAPARC. The Thundebirds lost the game 5-3, but get a chance to redeem themselves this weekend when they travel to North Island for two games. (Bruce Hogarth photo)

Thunderbirds face elimination in Bantam hockey playoffs

Sooke squad loses first game to Port Hardy

The Sooke Thunderbirds are hoping to stave off elimination this weekend in their best-of-three Island final hockey playoff.

The local Bantam A club faced a tough Tri-Port Eagles squad and lost 5-3 on Saturday in Sooke.

Penalty problems hampered the Thunderbirds throughout the game, with the most costly going to team captain Cole Friesen, who was assessed five minutes for interference and a game misconduct.

The Thunderbirds were the least penalized team in the Island league this year with only 88 minutes of penalties. On Saturday, they were assessed 29 minutes in a single game.

ALSO READ: Bantam Thunderbirds win silver at Alberni tourney

The Eagles took full advantage of the Thunderbirds miscues and scored all their goals on the power play.

The North Island squad jumped into a 3-0 lead over two periods before the Thunderbirds responded early in the third period with a power play goal of their own.

The two teams battled throughout the third before the Eagles claimed the victory.

“It wasn’t the result we were hoping for,” Nick Szadkowski, the Thunderbirds coach, said.

“We know we can beat them. I’m excited to go up there next weekend and take the next two games from them.

Grady Sluggett scored twice for Sooke, and Gracie Szadkowski added one.

William Grant scored two to lead the Tri-Port Eagles offence.

This weekend the Sooke Thunderbirds travel to Port Hardy for the next two games of the series. The winner advances to the provincial championships in March.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Conflict expert explains how to talk to people who aren’t social distancing

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

COVID-19: Managing your mental health from isolation

Ministry of Mental Health, Addictions recommends numerous strategies for self-care during pandemic

Saanich moves forward with summer camp registration despite COVID-19

District to give full refunds if camps are cancelled

Sunday morning fire damages Victoria gas station

The fire on Fairfield Road caused $75,000 in estimated damages to tires and automotive equipment

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read