Surrey Christian dominant in ball hockey tournament
Duncan Christian School Chargers are always good hosts, but probably better than they wanted to be during the school's 27th-annual invitational ball hockey tournament.
The DCS boys, coached by James Baines and Brad Toporowski, gave it their all but finished seventh in the seven-team tournament Friday at the Island Savings Centre.
The field of Island and Lower Mainland teams played a full round-robin, with the top two advancing to the championship game and the next two battling for third and fourth place.
Surrey Christian topped the round robin standings, followed in order by Langley Christian 2, Richmond Christian, Langley Christian 1, Lions Gate Academy of North Vancouver, Pacific Christian of Victoria and DCS.
Surrey Christian maintained its dominance over the field by winning 7-1 over Langley Christian 2 in the final. Langley Christian 1 captured the bronze medal after a 5-4 sudden death overtime victory against Richmond Christian.
DCS had close games against Lions Gate and Pacific Christian, losing both 3-2.
DCS goalie Nick Harder was selected a tournament all-star. He made countless saves to keep his team in contention during each game.
Other DCS team members included: Matt Brandsma, Dean Baines, Seth Johnson, Mike Brandsma, Richard Williams, Adam Kapteyn, Brandon Price, Lauren King-Nyberg, Johnny Caron, Evan Lachmanec, Dawson Killick, Doug Groenendijk, Gabe Lachmanec and Bailey Cook.
Grade 12s Cook, Groenendijk, Gabe Lachmanec and Killick all exhibited fine play throughout the tournament.