The Kitimat Winterhawks Bantam team performed well at last weekend’s tournament, with a 3-2 and a 4-1 win.
The tournament’s Bantam pool proved to be very tight with two Tier 3 teams (Smithers and Terrace) and two Tier 4 teams (Prince Rupert and Kitimat).
It isn’t often that you see a three way tie for first place going into the semi finals.
Our 2-1 record didn’t quite illustrate the adversity our team faced. An unlucky injury and a string of undisciplined penalties in games 1 and 2 led to a loss in game 3.
By the end of the round robin it was clear our entire team needed to regroup and reflect on the brand of hockey that Kitimat would like to promote. Kitimat finished the round robin with two wins and a loss .
Sunday saw a more positive, refocused and determined group. Kitimat beat Terrace 3-2 and played Smithers in the finals and won 4-1.
Winning the 1st of 4 tournaments this season demonstrates that we can compete at both ends of the ice, on and off the bench, with some very tough teams.
Buying into team systems and remaining committed to a positive hockey program will truly be the better path towards a season championship.
Great work everyone and thank you parents for your support!