CLICK HERE to follow along on their journeys or follow @semihockey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
SEMI Hockey PeeWee A2
Regular Season record PCAHA Flight 3 13-5-4
It was an outstanding season of development for SEMI Hockey’s tier 2 Pee Wee squad. The team worked on improving in all areas over the course of the season. They set a lofty goal to qualify for the BC Hockey Championships and worked a plan to develop towards that.
Coaches Topher Plonka, and Travis Flaherty believed in the group from day one, and challenged them constantly to improve from week to week. Once the development started it was like a runaway train, and the results followed.
The team enjoyed great success versus some tough US competition at the Phoenix tournament late in the year and returned battle tested and poised for playoff success. That momentum propelled them on a magical playoff run. After dispatching T-Birds on home ice in the one game playoff the team faced a challenge in Langley in round two. The Langley team had played in a higher flight all season and were ranked as the favorite. After tieing game 1 on the road, SEMI stepped up with 7-1 home ice victory and blanked Langley in their barn 3-0 to clinch a Final 4 spot. SEMI entered the Final 4 has a decided underdog, but their momentum and continuous improvement would carry them to impressive victories over the host South Delta A1 team and the Richmond Jets to grab the berth in the BC Hockey Championships.
The goaltending was balanced by a great tandem of second year Ryan Connell and first year Tyson Hooker, both of which gave the team a chance to win every night.
The solid goaltending plus the committed play of all 6 defensemen led the team to the 2nd best goals against in the regular season flight with teams only scoring 2.41 goals against on average. The coaches never had to stress about the defensive side of the game with quick learners like Henry Liu, Sam Hunter, Spencer Loo, Nico McDonald, Leo Wang and CJ Sandhu patrolling the back end.
Up front the team boasted a great combination of experience and raw fire power. They finished with the second best offensive numbers in league play scoring 97 goals in only 22 contests. The steady influence of cool headed second years, AJ Abell, Kieran Ganga, Colin Jamieson, Harjun Aujla and Nik Dhaliwal led the way. The energy and explosiveness of 08 studs, Carter Scott, Milan Mrsic, Gabe Hernandez, and Helius Guan would be on display more and more as the season went on.
This team will be an underdog once again at the BC Hockey Championships, but something tells me they are just fine with that position, thank you very much.
BC Hockey Championship Schedule
Monday March 16 6:45pm vs Penticton
Tuesday March 17 12:45pm vs Cowichan Valley
Wednesday March 18 12:45pm vs Fort St, John
Thursday March 19 Morning Semi-Finals
Thursday March 19 Evening Medal games
All games played at Penticton Memorial Arena
SEMI Hockey Bantam A1
Regular Season Record PCAHA Flight 1 16-5-1
The SEMI Hockey Bantam A1 team completed one of the most memorable seasons in SEMI Hockey Bantam history.
The squad captured the number one regular season seed in PCAHA play with a 16-5-1 record. They were the champions of the prestigious Rick Lapointe Memorial tournament in Victoria as well as the Chilliwack tournament.
The team blasted through the PCAHA playoffs, losing only once, which was after they clinched the final 4 championship.
Led by coaches Chris Rengert, Matthew Cox and Paul Savage the team bought into the message early in the year, they had to work as team and play smart and disciplined to be successful.
The goaltending tandem of Eric Villenueve and Kai Rivas was a coaches dream, as never once did the coach have to stress about which goalie to start for a big game, they both rose to the occasion and gave the team the backbone it needed to play confidently.
All six defensemen had to play to their strengths and work well as a unit. The physical play of Keaton McLean, Eugene Cretu and Austen Briscoe set the tone, while the skill and savvy of first years Parker Roscoe and Jordan Hooker combined with the experience and leadership of Jett Carroll to control games from the back end.
Up front it was offense by committee, no single superstar, just good old fashioned teamwork and playing their roles. In any given game a different line would step up when needed. Declan White took his power forward game to the next level and was complimented perfectly by the skill of 06 studs Miles Burgin and Landon Jassman who adapted quickly to the Bantam game. The silky hands of Kieran D’Souza scoring or feeding Dylan Garland and Max Woodward gave the opposition fits as they could break open a game at anytime. You want to play a heavy forechecking game, creating turnovers and finishing opportunities well then enter the trio of Aiden McGregor-Bennett and the Taylor brothers, Jaxon and Tristan to disrupt the flow of the other team at every turn.
If this team continues to play to their identity and keeps buying what the coaches are selling they can push themselves to SEMI Hockey’s first ever Bantam BC Hockey Championship.
BC Hockey Championship Schedule
Monday March 16 8:30am vs Juan de Fuca
Tuesday March 17 8:30am vs Langley
Wednesday March 18 8:00am vs East Kootenay
Wednesday March 18 3:45pm vs Central Zone
Thursday March 19 8:30am vs Thompson Zone
Thursday March 19 7:00pm Championship Game
All games at Capital News Centre Kelowna BC