Team BC male U16 captured gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games after defeating Team Quebec 7-4 today. This is the first gold medal for Team BC using male U16 high performance players. Team BC won gold in 1979 with a team comprised of Junior B players.
Quebec opened the scoring on the first shift of the game, but BC came roaring back in the first period to score two (2) unanswered to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Luke Bertolucci (Montrose, BC) scored BC’s first and team captain Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC) scored his 10th of the tournament to give BC the 2-1 lead.
Quebec tied the game early in the second, but BC responded with goals from Cole Sanford (Vernon, BC) and Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC) to make it a 4-2 lead for BC heading into the third period.
The score remained tied mid-way through the third period with each team exchanging scoring chances. Quebec cut the lead to one (1) on the power play with eight (8) minutes remaining and then tied the game with six (6) minutes. Nic Petan (Delta, BC) scored with five (5) minutes left to restore the BC lead; this was Petan’s fourth point of the night. Lazar scored his 11 of the tournament to give BC some breathing room making it a 6-4 game and then added his third of the game, an empty net goal to give BC the 7-4 win.
BC’s Jackson Whistle (Kelowna, BC) played an outstanding game in net.
Earlier in the day Team Alberta defeated Team Ontario 5-3 to capture the Bronze Medal.
Team BC brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, three National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.
The Canada Games is a national multi-sport Games competition that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth.
The BC Hockey High Performance U16 Program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance Program, exposing players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The Under 16 Program also acts as a precursor to the BC Hockey High Performance U17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for Provincial, Regional and National Teams.
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