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Coquitlam midgets strike gold
The Coquitlam Chiefs A1 team mounted a third-period comeback to strike gold at the inaugural Coquitlam Midget AAA tournament on the weekend.
Cam Davitt netted a pair and Brandon Heng snared the other third-period marker as the Chiefs erased a 2-0 deficit to stop Port Coquitlam 3-2 in Sunday’s AAA division final. Brett Towers from Mitchell Ledyard and Sheldon Lai from Graydon Bradley handled the Port Coquitlam scoring. Maximilian Fritz, Ryan Sinkie and Max Corazza also supplied helpers for Coquitlam.
Peninsula held off Port Moody A1 1-0 in a shootout in the AA final. Sheldon Stanley turned aside all the shots he faced in the Port Moody net until Koby Hale netted the shootout winner.
Coquitlam advanced to the gold-medal game with a 5-3 semifinal win over Langley. Sidney Harper scored twice for Coquitlam while Davitt had a goal and an assist. Derian White and Corazza also scored with Andrew Walton, Ryan Campbell and Matthew Boustani each picking up a pair of assists. Other assists went to Matthew Coons, Heng and Nathan Washington.
Port Coquitlam earned their spot in the final with a 4-3 semifinal victory over Vancouver A1. Ryan MacDonald netted a pair of goals and added an assist while Towers also scored and Ledyard and Jacob Longmore each supplied two assists. Eric Golob notched the winner and added an assist.
Port Moody used a 6-5 overtime win over North Vancouver A2 to advance to the AA final. Jacob Riedl scored the overtime winner. Nolan Morris provided a pair of goals with Jaden Narduzi and Marcus Murdock each recording a goal and an assist. Caleb Stapelmann had the other Port Moody marker while Stefano Cortese chipped in an assist.
Peninsula knocked of Chilliwack A2 4-1 in the other semifinal.
Quarterfinal action saw Port Moody edge Burnaby Winter Club 5-4, Vancouver stop Cloverdale 7-1, Peninsula get past South Delta 5-1, Langley shade Chilliwack A1 5-4, Coquitlam A1 blank Seafair 7-0, Coquitlam A2 lose in a shootout to Chilliwack A2 4-3, Port Coquitlam A1 down North Delta 6-2 and Port Coquitlam A2 fell 8-3 to North Vancouver A2.
Davitt along with Coquitlam goalie Bryton Pshebnisky and defenceman Walton were named to the AAA all-star team with Lazar Atanackovic of Port Coquitlam.
Coquitlam A2 goalie Laslo Demeter was named to the AA all-star team along with Coquitlam defenceman Derek Fong and Port Moody forward Nick Dudley.