CONTRIBUTION · 10th March 2010
Going in to game four of the provincials the Terrace Pee Wees knew they needed a win or they were going home. They delivered against one of the better teams in the tournament in a high scoring, entertaining game.
Castlegar entered the game undefeated so the Terracites knew it would be a tough battle. The scoring started quickly as Colin Bell converted on a nice three way passing play from Cole Mottschling and Keaton Gordon only two minutes in. Castlegar replied with two quick ones to take the lead. Bell then equalized to make it 2-2 with a nice solo effort. The seesaw battle continued as the Castlegarians added another before Gordon equalized from Jack Lofroth and Nolan (show me) Domoney. The fast paced first stanza ended 3-3.
Midway through the second Castlegar added one on the power play to retake the lead for the last time. With five minutes to play in the second the kermodes exploded with three goals. Fred Mowatt scored assisted from (show me) Domoney then Gordon put one top shelf (where mom keeps the peanut butter) from Lofroth and Bell. Gordon added another to complete the hattrick on a breakaway after Lofroth made a brilliant heads up play to spring him. Terrace entered the intermission with a 6-4 lead.
The third period had everyone holding on to the edge of their seat. Early into the period Castlegar added one on the power play to close the gap. The Pizza Hutters responded five minutes later as Ryan Kawinsky buried one from Mowatt and Liam (the human missile) Albright. The Kawinskian one has battled hard all weekend and was finally rewarded for his efforts.Bell (reminiscent of a young Robbie Bell) added another for the hat trick with four minutes to go for what should have been a commanding lead. A minute later Kadrain Klimchuck on a brilliant solo effort scored for Castlegar as he beat every player on the ice for his hat trick.
With 30 seconds to go Castlegar made it 8-7. Some parents couldn't watch the final thirty seconds. With seven seconds to go Eric Vandevelde fired a shot at the empty net to seal the victory but a Castlegar player got to it just as it reached the line and fired a breakout pass up the wing. The pass trapped three Terrace forwards and created a four on two. Vandevelde lunged to prevent the last second shot and preserved the victory. Kalen Sterner had a strong game in net. Albright and Gordon had their best games of the tourney so far. Bell and Lofroth were great as always. On the back end Vandevelde faced the tough task of shutting down Klimchuck who is the best player in the tournament did an amazing job. Terrace will play in the semi final at 5 tonight. Their opponent is still unconfirmed but it looks like it might be Campbell River.
On a side note coaches Trevor Shannon, Rob Bell, Cam Gordon and Dave Kawinsky made a friendly wager on who could grow the best playoff beard. Unfortunately a half hour into the contest Kawinsky won the contest as he quickly grew the full beard. One coach filed a protest as he thought Kawinsky used performance enhancers.
Game Three a Hard Fought Loss
Terrace pee wee reps entered their third game of the provincials knowing a win would secure a spot in the semi finals after their 2 and 0 start. They started off strong in the first period completely dominating the play but found themselves on the short end of a 2 to nothing score going into the intermission.
Things went south in a hurry as the second period began as the 2-0 lead turned into a 6-1 lead for Kelowna. The fatigue was showing at the end of the second as it was the Kermodes second game of the day and it was Kelowna's first. Dion Johnson replaced starter Kalen Sterner in net when the score reached 4-1.Freddie Mowatt tallied the lone Terrace goal from Keaton Gordon and Jack Lofroth in the second.
After a spirited intermission pep talk (which included bagpipes) from coach Rob Bell and Trevor Shannon the boys came out fired up in the third. They got one early from Carter Shannon making it 6-2. Kelowna got that back moments later to make it 7-2. With ten minutes to go Terrace stormed back. Eric Vandevelde (ironically when you translate his last name it means "from the point") fired a seething eye shot from the point that snuck in. Lafroth got one 2 minutes later from Bell when his centering pass careened in off the goalie. Bell then took a Gordon pass, skated gingerly over the blue line and fired it short side.
With 6:02 remaining Lofroth found Mowatt in front of the net who then made it 7-6 . The final minutes were like a fire drill as Kelowna iced it often to relieve the Kermodes relentless pressure. Unfortunately the Kermodes could not equalize. It was a gritty effort, they never gave up. Bell, Lofroth , Gordon all had great games up front for Terrace. Nolan (show me) Domoney and Mike Denomme and Tanner Braid were all great on the back end.