CONTRIBUTION · 7th February 2012
On the weekend of January 28 the Terrace Bantam Hockey squad picked up another hard fought tournament victory at the Prince George tier 2 hockey tournament.
The team had a different look behind the bench for the weekend as assistant coach Rob Bell stayed behind so he could attend the Robbie Burns day festivities in Terrace. In his place general manager Trevor Shannon was moved down onto the bench alongside Coach Jesse Schroeder. The move happened just in time as apparently manager Shannon was trying to put the finishing touches on a block buster trade, that rumour has it included two players, the team bus and the team mascot.
Terrace opened the tourney against Quesnel and were soundly trounced 7-4 in the opening game. Quesnel played a terrific game and dominated the Kermodes. Carter Shannon picked up 3 points for the Terrace squad. Facing Williams Lake in their next game the boys played well and completely dominated in a 9-4 blowout. Keaton Gordon and Shannon led the way with four points each while Freddie Mowatt added a hat trick. Dion Johnson picked up the win in net. In the third game they played Fairview, Alberta and won the game 10-4. Thomas Bothello got the win in the Terrace nets.
After finishing second in their pool in the round robin they found themselves facing Smithers in the semi finals. Smithers came out strong and completely outplayed Terrace in the opening 10 minutes and took a well deserved 2-0 lead. Terrace woke up at the 12 minute mark and scored 4 quick goals. All nice goals. Gordon scored on a hard snap shot from the blueline, Colin Bell carried the puck out of the corner and roofed it, Shannon finished a nice passing play and Ryan Kowalski (reminiscent of a young Dave Kowalski) picked up the puck in his own end and went all the way putting it short side on the Smithers tender.
Terrace went on to add another five goals and took the game 9-3. Brayden Moore had an excellent game for Smithers. Thomas Bothello took the win in the nets. Bell led the way with 5 points and Jack Lofroth was strong on defence picking up 3 points. The win set up a rematch against Quesnel and a chance for redemption. The game was a terrific hard hitting affair.
Tanner Braid opened the scoring on a nice shot that found the top corner. Quesnel tied it late in the period. Terrace took the lead once again on the power play after a nice passing play by Lofroth and Gordon was buried by Bell. Later in the period while short handed Shannon fired a laser to the top corner after a beautiful individual effort. Quesnel got one back late in the second.
In the third Bell restored the two goal lead again while shorthanded as Gordon stripped the defenceman of the puck behind the net and found Bell alone in front, who then roofed it. With seven minutes to go Chad Kimmie broke in all alone and closed the gap for Quesnel with a nice deke.
Thomas Bothello was brilliant the rest of the way preserving the win. He stopped two breakaways in the final 4 minutes. Quesnel dominated the final 4 minutes but couldn't find the equalizer. Quesnel forward Jesse Roach was outstanding in this game picking up 2 assists and hitting everything that moved. Defencemen Mike Denomme and Cole Mottshlnig were outstanding in this game. Terrace and Quesnel have created quite the rivalry with 4 very close hard hitting yet clean games.
Despite being a rabid Toronto Maple Leaf fan coach Jesse Schroeder seems to know his hockey. For the second straight year he has made every player on the team better and continues to ensure that players stay composed and disciplined. Not only did they win the tournament but for the third time this year they were also the least penalized team in the tournament.