Bantam Tyees go 1-1 in Victoria

Loss to Victoria Racquet Club Kings followed by win versus Juan De Fuca Grizzlies

The KLP Construction Bantam A Tyees were back on the ice this past weekend with a pair of games in Victoria.

The team traveled to Victoria Saturday to face the Racquet Club Kings, who are proving to be a difficult team to handle this season. This perennial tier-1 powerhouse is undefeated this season.

Despite the team’s best effort, the Kings were just too strong for them on this night, downing the visitors by a score of 6-0 despite Tyees goaltender Matt Johnson’s best efforts in a stellar performance between the pipes.

After an evening of rest, the boys were pumped for a shot at redemption against the Juan De Fuca (JDF) Grizzlies, who defeated the Tyees for the gold medal in the Peninsula Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Tyees opened the scoring, as Jalen Price picked the corner on a feed from Codey Savey.

The Grizzlies were able to tie it up shortly after, but only a perfect shot would beat starting Goaltender Antoine Minfray.

Bryce Nahri blasted a shot by the JDF keeper, restoring the Tyee lead and ending the period in a 2-1 score in favour of the visitors.

The Tyees stepped on the gas pedal in the second, and increased their lead to 4-1 after two periods, before finishing off their opponents off in the third with goals from Price and Damien Rennie.

“These teams are difficult to come back on, we need to get an early lead and make them chase us,” said Head coach Mike Feeney, “instead of us chasing them so much,” adding that he is extremely happy with the team’s goaltending situation.

The Tyees travelling road show continues this weekend as we are playing in a tournament hosted by the Burnaby Winter Club.

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