Chris Seto (right) of the Cloverdale Colts rushes the puck with Nick Chyzowski of Kamloops trailing during play at the Bantam Tier One provincial hockey tournament in Kamloops last week.

Chris Seto (right) of the Cloverdale Colts rushes the puck with Nick Chyzowski of Kamloops trailing during play at the Bantam Tier One provincial hockey tournament in Kamloops last week.

Cloverdale Colts, Surrey Falcons finish on provincial podium

Seven minor hockey teams competed last week at B.C. Hockey Championships throughout the province.

Seven local minor hockey teams – including three from the Surrey Female Hockey Association – had their eyes on a provincial title last week, competing at B.C. Hockey championships throughout the province.

The Cloverdale Colts found success on the ice at bantam tier 1 competition in Kamloops, finishing second after a 6-5 loss to the Burnaby Winter Club in the championship game.

Prior to the loss to BWC, the Colts dispatched Prince George 7-1 in semifinals, and prior to that, defeated the Victoria Racquet Club, 7-4; Kelowna, 4-1; Kamloops, 8-2; and Burnaby Winter Club, 5-3.

The SFHA’s Surrey Falcons also had a successful week.

The Falcons’ peewee squad finished in second place, dropping a narrow 1-0 game to the North Shore in Thursday’s final.

The Falcons went undefeated in the six-game round-robin portion of the tournament, held in Richmond, defeating Vancouver Island, 6-1; Prince George, 9-0; Rossland-Trail, 1-0; Vernon, 2-0; and Richmond, 2-1. Last Monday, on Day 2 of the tourney, the Falcons tied North Shore 3-3.

In addition to their silver-medal provincial showing, the Falcons are the reigning Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association champs, having defeated the North Shore 2-1 in the finals earlier this month.

The bantam Falcons also had a good week,  placing third at 10-team provincials in Victoria. Surrey went 2-3-1 in round-robin action, before advancing to the bronze-medal game, where they lost 2-1 to the North Shore. Ashley Long scored for Surrey.

The Falcons started strong, defeating the North Island Edge 6-1. Long netted four goals, with Natalie Richardson and Tianna Nijjar adding singles.

In the team’s second game, Long and Tagen Rossner each scored in a 3-2 loss to Kelowna, and the next day, Long had a hattrick in a 5-5 tie with Terrace – a game in which the Falcons erased a two-goal, third-period deficit. Mandy Pollack and Jazmine Bal also scored for Surrey.

Pollack had two more goals, with Long and Madison Eaton notching singles, in a 4-3 win over Cranbrook Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Falcons fell 5-1 to Prince George in semifinal action, with Kaitlyn Korman scoring the Falcons’ lone goal.

The Surrey Falcons midget squad went 3-3 in their tournament in Salmon Arm, with wins over Salmon Arm, Whitehorse and Vancouver Island, and losses to Windermere Valley, Richmond and Kelowna.

Two Semiahmoo Minor Hockey teams also battled for a B.C. title last week, as the Ravens’ peewee and bantam A3 squads competed in their respective tier 3 tournaments.

The Semi peewees lost their first game, 6-2 to Quesnel, and followed with a 9-3 loss to Vanderhoof the next afternoon.

On Tuesday, the Ravens dropped their third, losing 9-1 to eventual-champions Whistler. Semiahmoo finished the tournament, which was held in Quesnel, with a 5-5 tie with Vancouver Island’s Kerry Park Islanders.

Semiahmoo’s bantam A3 squad managed a 1-2-1 round-robin record at provincials, held at Burnaby Winter Club, but were ousted from playoff contention Wednesday after a 6-3 loss to Terrace. Semi’s one win came last Monday, 6-5 over Kamloops.

In juvenile provincials, held at Seafair in Richmond, the Surrey Thunder went 2-1-2 in the six-team event, which was won by Burnaby Winter Club, who defeated Winfield 5-1 in the final.

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