CONTRIBUTION · 1st April 2011
The Terrace Pizza Hut Peewee Rep team were in Campbell River for the Tier 3 Provincials from March 20-24. Their first game on Sunday was against Kelowna. The Terrace squad were a little off their game, partly due to nerves, and partly because of the long layoff between zones and provincials. Even though they didn't play their best game, they did manage to squeak out a 5-4 victory. Bobby Milligan was great in net for Terrace, saving what should have been sure goals on numerous occasions. Hunter Johnson led Terrace with 2 goals and an assist, including the winning goal with just over 5 minutes to play. Carter Shannon, Austin Price, and Connor Onstein each added singles.
Terrace's next game was early Monday morning against Quesnel, and the two teams brought the offence this game. Terrace outscored their opponents 10-6 in what was the highest scoring game of the tournament. Carter and Hunter led the way with 2 goals and 3 assists each. Connor and Sam Reinbolt each added a pair of goals, and single goals came from Austin P and Austen McKean. Marshall Wilson picked up the win.
Game 3 on Tuesday morning was against Castlegar. The highly anticipated rematch of the two teams that were in the provincial finals last year, and a matchup of two of the better players in the tournament, Carter Shannon from Terrace and Kadrian Klimchuk from Castlegar. Terrace played their best game of the tournament, and it was a good thing, as the Castlegar team is a great team. Penalty trouble for Terrace allowed Castlegar to jump ahead 3-1, however in the 2nd period it was Castlegar that got into penalty trouble and the momentum shifted to Terrace, scoring 3 unanswered goals to lead 4-3 after two periods of play. Terrace did all they could to hold on for the win, but a late powerplay goal tied the score at 4, and that's how it ended. Fittingly Carter and Kadrian both finished with 2 goals and an assist. I'm sure they both look forward to their next meeting. Hunter had the other 2 goals for Terrace. Rumor has it that Stan Smyl was in attendance to watch this game. If he was there, then he was treated to a great game.
Terrace's fourth and final game of the round robin was against Victoria, a great team which eventually went on to finish 2nd place. All Terrace needed was a win or a tie to advance to the semi finals. Unfortunately a slow start had Terrace down 6-1. The boys never gave up, and managed to tally 2 goals in the third period to close the gap to 6-3. Terrace maintained the pressure, but just couldn't draw closer. Victoria added an empty net goal to make the final 7-3. Jackson Gagnon had a goal and an assist, while Hunter and Kyler Braid added singles.
After the round robin was complete Terrace ended up tied with Castlegar for 2nd place in their pool, and for the chance to move on to the semi finals. The tiebreaker system was then utilized, first being head to head, which they tied, second was the goals for and against ratio, which they also tied, so it came down to least penalty minutes, and Castlegar had 6 less minutes. It's a tough way to be eliminated, but coming home with a 2 win, 1 tie, and 1 loss record, and finishing 5th out of 11 teams is nothing to be ashamed of. The Terrace coaches were very pleased with the performance of the players, both at the provincials and throughout the season.