Thursday, June 21, 2007
BC Hockey and associate member the British Columbia Inline Hockey Association (BCIHA) would like to congratulate members of the Provincial Under 18 Inline Hockey program for their Gold Medal Championship!
Team British Columbia used its size, speed, physicality and experience to dominate at the USA Inline Hockey National Junior Development Program Festival, which took place in Monument, Colorado, just north of Colorado Springs, from June 15-17 2007.
For the first time three provincial teams from Canada (Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario) attended the tournament along with the traditional four USA regional teams .The competition, held at the Colorado Sports Center was designed for completing athletes aged 15-18 years.
Rankings after round-robin play were as follows:
1. Team British Columbia
2. Team North
3. Team Ontario
4. Team Alberta
5. Team South
6. Team East
7. Team West
The only team to give Team BC a scare was Team Alberta, which took a 4-0 lead early in a semifinal playoff game on Sunday morning, but couldn’t hold off the high-flying BC squad. Team BC, undefeated coming in to the game, won a squeaker in overtime, 6-5.
In the next game, Team North squared off against Team Ontario and took an early 3-1 lead, but then the wheels fell off. Ontario scored the next eight goals of the game and won, 9-3, earning the right to play in the gold-medal game against their west coast rival, Team BC.
In the gold-medal game, Team BC scored on its first shot of the game and set the tone for the first half, taking a 6-2 lead into the locker room. Team Ontario came on strong in the third quarter and scored to make it 6-3, but that was as close as the score would get. Team BC increased its lead to 12-3 and 13-4 before Team Ontario closed out the scoring, making the final score 13-5. Team BC had the edge in shots as well, 34-17.
Owen Hope of Team BC said camaraderie was the key to his team’s top finish.
“A lot of us have been playing together for a lot of years, so it was pretty easy going into this kind of tournament,” Hope said. “It was just like playing games back home. We got out there and played as a team, and I think that was the biggest issue here. A lot of these teams came from all over the place and got put together; maybe they weren’t used to playing together.”
BCIHA president Scott Hill issued this statement:
"We are extremely pleased with the performance of this team. BCIHA really had no expectations going in to this event for the first time, but to come out on top says a lot about the character, skill and determination of this group of athletes and coaches. These 12 young men plus coaching staff have just laid a very solid foundation for the continued development of the BCIHA High Performance Program. We are confident that members of this year’s Championship team will continue to represent BC and Canada on the international stage at a very high level."
Members of Team BC are - Coach: Ryan Frisk Langley, Coach: Colin Sharp Surrey, Manager: Kevin Woods North Vancouver, Benjaminsen, Kye South Delta, Duggan, David North Vancouver, Grant, Derek Abbotsford, Harriott, Curtis North Vancouver, Hope, Owen North Vancouver, Knull, Brent Surrey, Lund, Gord Langley, Nishio, Carlos North Vancouver, Rakis, Mike North Vancouver, Smith, Bill North Vancouver, Thompson, Brandon North Vancouver, and Woods, Thomas North Vancouver.
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