REPORTING · 24th March 2011
Cam Gordon with Merv Ritchie
The pride in Hockeyville is beaming with a complete walk away victory for the Terrace Bantam Reps at the Provincial Tier 3 championships in Smithers this past week. The gold medal came with a stunning 9 to 2 trashing of Quesnel today, Thursday, March 24.
The Terrace team didn’t win every game; they tied their first game against Whitehorse, however after that they never looked back. Revelstoke ended up in a play off match Wednesday evening against Quesnel to determine who would take on the Terrace Champs for the Gold. Revelstoke was the favoured team to win with their record of goals and strength but in an upset, Quesnel sent them packing, taking away the revenge Revelstoke so wanted against Terrace for Tuesday afternoon’s loss.
Every game except the Gold Medal match had Terrace start from behind as each of their opponents drew first blood.
GAME ONE vs WHITEHORSE
In their first game on Sunday afternoon, Whitehorse got on the board with a power play marker two minutes into the game. Ryan Roseboom replied for Terrace five minutes later after a couple of nice passes from Colin Bell and Keaton Gordon. Within a minute of Rosebooms goal Whitehorse added 2 more of their own on a nervous looking Terrace squad to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
Tanner Watt tipped in a Kenny Nordstrom shot from the point to close the gap while on a five on three man advantage. Logan Zaporzan picked up an assist on the play. Austin Turner evened the score for Terrace on a nice passing play with Watt and Jack Lofroth with only forty five seconds left in the frame to end a frantic first period. The scorekeeper must have had writers cramp after all the goals and a parade of penalties by both teams.
Both teams settled down in the second. While shorthanded midway through the second Turner chipped the puck past the defenceman and sped (like Dave Jephson driving the hockey bus through a school zone) down the wing and patiently delivered a saucer pass to Lofroth who tipped the pass into the net for the 4-3 lead. Terrace held the lead after 2.
Whitehorse playing their second game of the day showed no signs of fatigue in the third period. They had tied Whistler 4-4 earlier in the day. They tied the game up four minutes into the third. Terrace found themselves in the penalty box for good stretches of the third period. Turner, Lofroth and goaltender Thomas Bothello were outstanding killing off those penalties. The game ended 4-4. The only game the Terrace Boy’s didn’t outright win.
GAME TWO vs TRIPORT
When the Terrace Bantam Reps faced off against the island champion Triport squad in their second, the game started similiar to the Sunday afternoon contest and the Terracites found themselves down 2-0 after 10 minutes despite outplaying their opponents badly.
The boys were able to shake off the adversity and tie the game up with two quick goals in the final minute of the first period. Ryan Roseboom banked one in from behind the net after the Triport tender stopped him on two previous breakaways. Jack Lofroth beat the opposing goalie to a loose puck twenty seconds later and backhanded it into the empty cage from a difficult angle. The boys outshot their opponents 19-4 after 1.
Terrace never looked back and piled up over 50 shots for a 7-5 victory. Austin Turner (reminiscent of a young Steve Turner but without the curly mullet) added 2 goals, Kenny Nordstrom added one on a one timer slap shot on the power play, Roseboom added his second of the game and Nick Anagnostou fired a slapshot off a face off win to round out the scoring.
Kalen Sterner picked up the win in net. Tanner Braid and Kenny Nordstrom were solid on the back end.It was a hard hitting, physical affair refereed by a young girl from Kitimat. She called a fantastic game.
GAME THREE vs REVELSTOKE
On Tuesday afternoon Terrace faced Revelstoke in game number three for the boys. It was a must win game and the boys delivered.
Again they found themselves down early. Eighteen seconds into the game Revelstoke got onto the scoreboard. Terrace had them right where they wanted them. The boys evened it up on a great three way passing play when Tanner Watt (whose dad is widely considered one of the biggest investors of the Pilsner brewing company) picked up a one touch pass from Kevin Desousa and walked around the defence and fired it low corner.
Kenny Nordstrom moments later on the power play walked around the winger and flipped one under the cross bar. Colin Bell then fired a back hander along the ice through a screen for a commanding 3-1 lead. The first ended 3-2 Terrace. Revelstoke tied it 3-3 early in the second before Turner roofed a pass from Desousa to take the lead for good. Roseboom and Keaton Gordon made it 6-3 for Terrace after 2. Turner closed out the scoring with his second of the game and sixth of the tournament so far.
Thomas Bothello picked up the win in the nets for Terrace. These two teams clearly did not like each other. Roseboom and Tanner Watt had terrific games. Logan Zaporzan won almost every face off for the second straight game. Henry Hart had his best game of the season.
GAME FOUR & FIVE vs WHISTLER then NELSON
Wednesday at 11:00 am Terrace entered the ice and opened against Whistler. Again they fell behind but the trashing was inevitable. When the dust settled and the final buzzer rang through the arches, Whistler was sent packing losing 9 to 3.
In the afternoon the Terrace boys faced off against Nelson. Nelson was leading 3 to 2 when the Terrace Boys opened up with a barrage of three unanswered goals. They came to a decision mid point of the game, that this is it, do or die, and they didn’t let up. In the final few minutes Terrace kept dumping it in for the empty net and had consecutive face offs in their own end. After a time out at 57 seconds remaining; score 7 to 5, Terrace added insult to injury sealing the deal with another, 8 - 5 final.
STRATEGY FOR THE GOLD
Wednesday night, while the team ate dinner, coach Schroeder (not the pianist from peanuts, though he is known to play chopsticks when no one is looking) put on a movie he demanded they watch. “Clash of the Titans” cause that is what it came down to. Just how much do you want it when your adversary wants it as much as you. They didn’t get to face off against Revelstoke and their preparations for a hard battle were suffered on the unsuspecting team from Quesnel.
After one period of play Terrace didn’t let Quesnel see the net and were up 4 to 0. After the second period buzzer echoed through the Smithers arena, Terrace was up by a score of seven to nothing. In the third both teams traded two goals each and the game ended with a solid victory for the 17 young Terrace Bantam Rep athletes, 9 to 2.
The boys stated clearly they wanted the banner, the BC Provincial Tier 3 Championship Banner, hanging from the rafters of the Terrace Arena. It has been 30 years for the Bantam Boys to hoist this banner, it is time and there will be celebrating in Hockeyville.
The First item off the bus - - the Banner not seen in Terrace for 30 plus years
The Terrace Bantam Reps giving us the thumbs up for victory
Kneeling left of the banner, Dave Kawinsky & right Terry Zaporzan, were on the last team to bring this banner home to Terrace in 1981 - 82. Each have sons on this team, Ryan Kawinsky & Logan Zaporzan
The Victory party on the ice under the tell tale scoreboard with the coaches walking out to congratulate the great effort of the entire team.
we knew they could do it
Comment by Elsa Van Dyk on 25th March 2011
Way to go team Terrace Good to see the rising star Ryan Roseboom leading the way with his goals !We knew the Hockeyville Team could do it !Great work!
Comment by Pat#1 on 25th March 2011
Fantastic, Excellent, Awesome!
Hockey is truly the sport which brings all of us Canadians together..Thanks guys, for rising up to the occasion.
Be extemely proud of yourselves!
Great Work Boys!
Comment by John on 25th March 2011
Congrats to the the players!
Great Job Coaches and Manager.
Great Job Parents!
Very Cool to have 2 boys from the 82 Championship team have sons on this team...The Tradition continues...Go Terrace Go!
Comment by Lance Armstrong on 25th March 2011
Good work! Terrace could use more banners in hanging in the arena.
Comment by L. Stella on 24th March 2011
Great job fellas, way to bring it home. It takes a solid team effort and discipline to achieve gold. cudos to the coaching staff and support people who help out behind the scenes.