CONTRIBUTION · 7th March 2011
The Terrace Midget Rep Hockey team travelled to Prince Rupert to compete in the zone playoffs to see who would go to Provincials in Cranbrook.
Game one went on a windy Friday evening at 630pm against the home side Prince Rupert. In net for Terrace was Kyle Gray. At the 15 minute mark Rhett Munson scored on a nice tip from a point shot. Kyle Gray followed with a couple key saves. Terrace lead 1-0. Terrace got into some penalty trouble with a Rupert 5 on 3 at 5 minute mark but killed off by Terrace. In the second Austin braid picked the puck off the side boards and buried it for a 2-0 Terrace lead at 17:00. A minute later PR scored on a partial beak away, and at 13:00 a bad turnover behind PR net gave Austin Legros scored an easy goal 3-1. Prince Rupert got within one with 4:30 left in second and the second ended 3-2. Terrace opened on the power play, and Brandon Stella slammed home a rebound one minute into the third 4-2 Terrace. Rupert responded again at 13:00 4-3. With 8 minutes left PR had a 5-3 power play for a full minute. Terrace killed it off, but with 3:25 left PR tied the game. The game ended in a tie. Kyle gray had an exeptional game in net, and Joel Findlay played well on defence.
Terrace had two games on Saturday. Game one was at 09:00 against Smithers who had lost 5-2 to Kitimat the previous night. A scramble in front of Dawson Kluss in the Terrace net resulted in Smithers going up 1-0. Less than a minute later Smithers scored again making it 2-0 at the 12 minute mark. With 15 seconds left in the first Smithers scored again to end the period up 3-0. Three minutes into the second Smithers counted three more making it 6-0. Good work by Brandon Stella resulted in Terraces first goal with Austin Braid scoring. In the third, Terrace scores on a power play at the 15:30 mark with Braid to Lewis. 6-2. Smithers scored again with 4 minutes left in the third. Game ended 7-2 Smithers.
Game three went at 9 PM Saturday against Kitimat; a loss would eliminate Terrace from the finals. In the first Dave Lewis scored to put Terrace up 1-0. In the second Kitimat tied the game at 13:00. In the third Kitimat scored to go up 2-1. Four goal posts were hit in the third, and both teams had lots of chances to win. In the end Kitimat hung on for the win and they advanced to the final against Smithers on Sunday.
The Terrace team had a good year with the boys coming together as a team. The coaches are proud of the character and effort of all the players. As always it's a bit of an emotional time with the third year players finishing their time in Minor hockey. Third year players that will not be back include Joel Findlay, Kody Keller, Dave Lewis, Chris Bergey, Kyle Gray, Marc Schibli, and Will Westby. Thanks to all the coaching staff and parents that helped make the season a positive experience for all.