CONTRIBUTION · 16th February 2010
The Terrace Pizza Hut Pee Wee Reps clinched a spot in the Provincial Championships this past weekend by winning the zones held in Kitimat. Terrace was favored going in having won the Skeena Valley regular season and only losing twice in Skeena Valley league play.
Terrace opened up play Saturday morning against the hosts from Kitimat. The game was tied 1-1 midway through the second period when Kitimat ran into penalty trouble allowing Terrace to take control enroute to a 6-1 final. Six different scorers tallied for Terrace with Colin Bell, Jack Lafroth, Eric Vandevelde, Fred Mowatt, Liam (the human missile) Albright and Cole Mottschling doing the damage. Nolan (show me) Domoney and Carter Shannon each added 2 assists.
Next up, on Saturday night, was Prince Rupert who had given Terrace some tough games over the course of the season. This Saturday night was different however as Keaton Gordon scored 2 goals early and Lafroth filled the net with 4 of his own on their way to a 9-1 victory. Bell, Mottschling and Kawinsky also scored. Bell had 2 assists while Austin Price, Lafroth and Gordon each had an assist.
Game 3, Sunday morning against Smithers, was a meaningless game in the standings as both teams had already secured a spot in the afternoon finale. Smithers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and threatened to run away with it, but Kalen Sterner was brilliant in the Terrace net to keep them in the game. Midway through the second, the boys found their game as Bell scored on a nice passing play from Mottschling and Gordon. Early in the third Mowatt slammed home a Tanner Braid rebound to tie it. Then Eric Vandevelde
(reminiscent of a young Albert Vandevelde) fired a screened backhander past a surprised Smithers goalie to clinch the win.
Game 4, the final, started the same way for Smithers as they looked strong early and took a 1 goal lead. Terrace tied it up shortly after as Kawinsky buried a beauty pass from Bell behind the net. Early in the second they took the lead for good as Lafroth fired home the winner after a nice pass from Gordon. Mowatt scored shortly after that to make it 3-1 going into the third. Kalen Sterner made numerous great saves to preserve the win as Colin Bell added 2 more in the third for the 5-1 final. The Terrace defencemen had a strong performance most notably Eric Vandevelde in the final.
The team, coached by Trevor Shannon, Rob Bell and Dave Kawinsky, has developed a never give up attitude and will be a threat at the provincials being held in early March in Winfield B.C.