CONTRIBUTION · 25th March 2012
On Thursday evening the McCarthy GM bantam rep hockey team found themselves facing Whistler for a chance to head back to the provincial final. Whistler was the victim of a tough schedule as they had to finish their round robin play early Thursday morning while Terrace had the early part of the day to rest. Whistler defeated Quesnel in a must win game to reach the playoff round. In doing so they wore themselves out.
Terrace had the game won in the first period as they completely dominated and filled the net. The first period ended 5-0 for the Terracites as Eric Vandevelde, Carter Shannon, Jack Lofroth, Fred Mowatt and Colin Bell all picked up goals.
Whistler awoke for a bit in the second frame and took advantage of some undisciplined penalties taken by the Kermodeis. By the end of the second Whistler had closed the gap to 5-3. Whistler might have had the best power play in the tournament. Terrace knew going into the third they had to stay out of the box.
Carter Shannon put the game away with a natural hatrick to give him 4 on the game. Hunter Johnson rounded out the score on a nice wrister to give Terrace the 9-3 victory. The line of Shannon, Lofroth and Connor Onstein had a terrific game. Thomas Bothello again was strong in the nets picking up his 3 victory of the provincials.
Liam (the human missile) also had a very strong game on a line with Ryan (killer )Kawinsky and Hunter (gatherer) Johnson. Albright left a trail behind him (reminiscent of Cal hey mister Albright ) of destruction as every time he went into the corner for the puck, all the Whistlerites would be knocked down as a grinning Albright would come out of the scrum with the puck.
I forgot to mention in previous articles that coach Jesse Schroeder had flown down to join the team midway through their second game of the tourney. He arrived to a rousing ovation from the Terrace faithful. Coaches Rob Bell and Trevor Shannon guided the team to their first victory of the tournament. In that game Coach Bell and Shannon shared an awkward moment behind the bench just to see how it would feel. They are the most interesting coaches in the north.
The win over Whistler set the stage for a rematch of the 2011 provincial final against Quesnel Thunder who easily dispatched their opponent in the semi final. Terrace and Quesnel seemed to be destined to meet again as all season long both teams destroyed most other tier 3 teams and many tier 2 teams as well.
The two teams met up with each other 4 times over the course of the season with Terrace holding a 3-1 advantage. All 4 games were close, hard hitting, but clean games.