Bantam A2 Victorious in Portland

Posted by Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association on Jan 24 2014 at 06:45PM PST

It was a hard fought tournament and the Bantam A2 Chiefs were rewarded for their perseverance by winning the AA-division in the 2014 Rose City Challenge in Portland, Oregon,. Even a grueling schedule of 5 games in 3 days, in addition to the 5 hour drive, wasn’t enough to keep the team from obtaining their goals.

After a convincing 4-1 win over Campbell River A1 in their opening game of the tournament, the Chiefs faced a formidable opponent in the Everett Junior Silvertips. However after a third period comeback, the boys were able to salvage a 3-3 tie with the ’Tips despite starting off slow. The final game of the round robin was against another American team, from Sacramento, California, the Capital Thunder. Despite carrying the play and out shooting their opponents badly, the score reflected a slightly closer contest than in reality as the Chiefs pulled away with a 6-4 victory.

Finishing the round robin with two wins and a tie was good enough for the Chiefs to finish third and advance to the semi-finals, where they would face off against the host Portland Junior Winterhawks. After tying the game late in the third, the Hawks and Chiefs took their contest to sudden death overtime. After two overtime periods solved nothing, the game went to a three round shootout. Each team then exchanged goals in the shootout and the two teams remained tied, forcing a sudden death round. Not until the fifth round was the tie finally broken as the Chiefs came out on top of a 2-1 shootout thriller.

The finals were set for the Chiefs to do battle with the Sunshine Coast Blues, who had upset Port Moody A1 in the other semi-final. Despite a depleted roster, the boys came out hard and hung on for a 2-1 victory, thus becoming tournament champions for the second time this season. Coaches and managers were proud of that their players- goalies, defense, and forwards- were able to overcome adversity throughout the tournament and come out on top.

This is the second year in a row that Coquitlam was won the Rose City Challenge AA-division. Congratulations to all players!


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