Left-to-right: Coach Donald Pacheco

Left-to-right: Coach Donald Pacheco

Kitimat Atoms earn bronze in Prince Rupert tournament

On the November 9th weekend the Kitimat Overwaitea Atoms played a tournament in Prince Rupert.

On the November 9th weekend the Kitimat Overwaitea Atoms played a tournament in Prince Rupert and came up with third place bronze.

Kitimat beat Houston for bronze with an exciting 4-3 overtime game.

Kitimat started out in game one with a 4-2 loss to Terrace even though they out-shot their opponent  by a 2:1 ratio. Goals for Kitimat were Chase Pacheco and Chad Silva and hustler award went to Ayden Baldo.

Game two saw them play Storeys from Prince Rupert and down 3-1 early, Kitimat came back to win 9-3.

Goals were scored by James Archibald, Esteban Allard, Chase Pacheco, Chad Silva and Ethan Molloy. Hustler award went to Ethan Molloy.

Game three was against Re/Max from Rupert and down 2-0, Kitimat fought back to win 6-2 with goals scored by Esteban Allard, Chase Pacheco, Evan Sousa, Chad Silva and Logan Tweedy. Hustler award went to Chad Silva.

That brought Kitimat to the bronze game against Houston, with only eight skaters and a goalie.  Kitimat scored early in the first on a nice shot by Ethan Molloy. Houston would tie it midway through the period before Esteban Allard would make it 2-1 with his fifth goal of the tournament. After that Kitimat would go up 3-1 as Chase Pacheco fired a shot top corner. Houston would score two in the second period to tie the game until Pacheco would make it 4-3 for Kitimat on a breakaway.

Houston pressed in the third period and couldn’t beat Logan Tweedy in the net until with 1:05 left in the game Houston would tie the game and force overtime.

Overtime was scheduled for 5 minute sudden death. Kitimat had all the pressure in the overtime and  at the 3:13 mark Pacheco would fire his third goal and seventh  of the tournament from the high slot into the bottom corner to seal the deal for bronze. The kids all jumped up in jubilation and realized that their hard work had paid off.

Playmaker award went to Pacheco.

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