Two lakecity hockey players represented Team BC April 27 to May 2 in Halifax, N.S., at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
Chase Dubois suited up for Team B.C.’s male team, while Chantelle Beadman-Rolph secured the blueline for Team B.C.’s female squad.
The tournament features the top midget-aged hockey players in the country spread among regional and provincial teams.
On the men’s side Dubois and his teammates opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Alberta, before handing Team North a 9-3 drubbing.
Dubois recorded an assist in game one, plus a goal and two assists in his second outing.
Next was Team Atlantic where B.C. secured a 7-2 victory with Dubois tallying an assist in the win.
In the semifinal B.C. was matched up against Alberta, dropping a 7-4 heartbreaker to send them to the bronze-medal match against Manitoba.
“Team Alberta had two players who were at the Telus Cup (the national midget hockey championship) and came in after their tournament was over to assist them in the win,” Dubois said.
The bronze-medal final was contested at the Scotia Bank Centre, the home of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads, adding to the excitement.
“We gave up a two-goal lead and had to fight back to tie it up before the end of the first,” Dubois said, noting the second frame was all B.C.
Dubois notched a shorthanded goal from his Cariboo Cougars’ teammate Austin Gray to help B.C. to a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.
Manitoba evened it up in the third, before Gray — on a setup from Dubois — notched the winning marker with five minutes remaining to give B.C. the bronze medal.
He said having the opportunity to play on the national stage with Couagars’ teammates Gray, Joel Patsey and affiliates Austin Crossley and Jeremy Gervais was a great experience, and said he enjoyed the opportunity to see the Maritimes.
Beadman-Rolph, who plays for the Prince George-based Northern Female Cougars, helped B.C. open the tournament with a 3-1 win over Atlantic and a 4-2 win over Eastern Door and North (Quebec).
B.C. then fell 4-0 to Ontario, 7-3 to Alberta and 4-3 to EDN to finish sixth — a result Beadman-Rolph said she was happy with.
“I think it went very well for us,” she said.
“There was lots of good competition from the teams we played. Sixth was the best we’ve done in several years — coming from dead last to second last in years before.”
Beadman-Rolph also noted she felt she played well during the tournament.
“Especially for not being on the ice in a couple of weeks,” she said.
“Our team really meshed well which made the experience really great.”