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CONTRIBUTION · 15th December 2010
Andy Lewis
The Terrace Midget Rep team traveled to Williams Lake to take part in a tier two tournament this past weekend. Other Skeena Valley league teams included Prince Rupert, Smithers and Kitimat. Not traveling with the team was Austin Braid, Will Westby, Kyle Gray, Austin Legros and Kody Kellar. However, Chris Alison and Rhett Munson joined the team and had solid performances.

The first game, Friday afternoon at 4:45 pm, was against Smithers. These same two teams played a week earlier, 800 km away in Terrace. Cole Broughton was in net for Terrace. Play was even to start the game. Terrace started to take the lion's share of the chances and shots but could not convert. Smithers went on the power play with 5 minutes left in the first, and scored. Marc Schibli, on an innocent hit broke his arm, and will be out of the line up for weeks. (Mom and Marc had to fly to Vancouver the next day to have the arm set!) Smithers scored again on a nice play, 2-0 Smithers at the end of the 1st. In the first minute of the second Smithers scored again on a rebound 3-0. Dawson Leblonde scored for Terrace with a blast from the right side. The Smithers tender had a very strong game. Smithers scored two more, and the game ended 5-1 Smithers. Game star for Terrace was Nick Homeniuk.

The next game was a typical draw for Terrace teams, a 4:30 AM wake up call for a game against Pursuit of Excellence at 6:00 AM. The home team Williams Lake didn't play until 2:00 in the afternoon. POE scored 26 seconds in on a rebound. Robert Orrey scored 3 minutes later on a feed from Dawson Leblonde. Terrace went on the power play and Leblonde to William Orrey put Terrace up 2-1. With 7 minutes left in 1st, POE scored on break away just before the flood. With 1:15 left in second Joel Findlay made a couple of nice deaks from the blue line and ripped one short side 3-2 Terrace. With 2 seconds left in the second Rhett Munson scored from Leblond 4-2. Just into the third POE scored 4-3. POE scored again with 6 minutes left in 3rd to tie. Leblonde with nice move went roof with 4 left. Terrace won, 5-4. Shots on goal 36-22 Terrace game star Dawson Leblonde.

Game two on Saturday went at 4:15 PM against Merritt. Cole Broughton in net for Terrace, in their home whites. With 2 minutes left in the first, Rhett Munson drove to the net and went high glove side for a 1-0 Terrace lead. Terrace got its second with Brandon Stella scoring with good hustle from Dawson Leblonde just into the second period. Cole Broughton made several outstanding saves in the second to keep Terrace up. Merritt scored at the 10:00 minute mark on a questionable penalty against Terrace 2-1 at the flood. Merritt tied the game on a break away with 5 minutes left in the second. At the 12:00 minute mark Merritt scored on a two on one to go up 3-2. A nice move by Leblonde tied the game with 9 minutes left in the game. The game ended in a tie. Game star Robert Orrey.

Terrace ended out of the gold metal round and their final game of the tournament went at 8:30 am against a Kamloops tier two team. Dawson Kluss in net for Terrace. Kamloops opened the scoring in the first minute with a scramble in front of Kluss. Three minutes later a wrist shot from the point made it through a screen to put Kamloops up 2-0. Kamloops got its third on a nice shot to the top corner. Another scramble in front of the net got Kamloops it’s forth of the period. Terrace got on the sheet with Dave Lewis scoring just into the second period 4-1. At 5:00 minutes of the second period Colten Braid scored on a beauty slap shot, top corner 4-2. Terrace got back in the game in the last minute of the second with a sharp angle shot from Lewis that founds the net 4-3. Kamloops responded to make the score 5-3. Terrace got its fourth goal with a nice dangle by Dawson Leblonde, 5-4 with 10 minutes left. Terrace made a good push at the end of the third, but the game ended 5-4. Terrace took eighth place.

Coach Testawich showed his commitment to the team as he had shoulder surgery the day before the first game, and was in significant pain most of the tournament.

The team would like to thank Sheila Tuckerman and Arnett Goodings for their volunteering to drive the bus, and supporting the team. Neither of them have kids on the team showing that the Hockeyville spirit is alive in Terrace.

The team is hosting Kitimat for a pair of games this weekend, so come on out and support your local rep teams.