Nov. 15-17 was a busy weekend for Creston Valley Minor Hockey Association’s midget parents and players as they hosted teams from Alberta and the East Kootenay in their home tournament.
Cranbrook and Windermere Valley Rockies started the tournament Friday afternoon, with Windermere taking the first win 5-2.
The Creston Chiefs’ debut was the second game, Friday evening, against the Glenlake Hawks. In the first period, the Chiefs scored twice. The first goal was made at 18:01 by Eddie Blackmore, assisted by Zack King, and the second was made by Carlos Blackmore, assisted by Michael Makoroff. Glenlake answered the call, scoring in the second period at 17:21. Creston sealed the game with Owen Blackmore scoring their third goal in the second period at 14:58, assisted by Makoroff and Carlos, for a final score of 3-1.
The final game on Friday was between the Cochrane Rockies and Springbank, a solid game that Cochrane won 4-2.
Early Saturday morning, the fans gathered again to cheer on Glenlake and Windermere. Windermere dominated with a 12-2 win.
Game 5 of the tournament found Cochrane and Cranbrook face to face for a very close and exciting game! Fans were on the edge of their seats for this game, with Cranbrook finally taking the win in the third period for a 3-2 win.
Creston faced off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon against Springbank. Creston dominated the game in the first period, scoring four goals, with the first by Jacob Kolodychuk, the second by Eddie, the third by Devon Ferguson and the fourth by Kolodychuk, assisted by Josh Samuels. Springbank finally broke the ice, scoring their first goal at 7:28 in the second period. Creston continued the work, scoring four more goals — by Samuels, Kolodychuk, Eddie and Kieran Simpson — in the second period and four more in the third period, by Carlos, Samuels, Zack Van Ruyskensvelde and Eddie, for a final score of 12-1.
Game 7 found Cranbrook and Glenlake challenging one another with a 16-0 win for Cranbrook. On Saturday evening, Windermere and Springbank faced off, with the 9-0 win going to Windermere.
Saturday’s final game was the Creston Chiefs taking on Cochrane Rockies. Cochrane took the first point in the first period. Creston worked hard to gain their first point in the second period, and at 15:42, Samuels tipped Talon Maatz’s slapshot into the net, assisted by Kolodychuk. Cochrane answered back, scoring at 9:07. Simpson evened the score at 4:48, assisted by Kolodychuk and Samuels. It was a nail-biting third period when, with only 9:14 remaining in the game, Samuels scored again, assisted by Ethan Plotnikoff for a 3-2 win for Creston.
The Sunday finals matched up Sprinbank and Glenlakes, resulting in Springbank taking fifth place and Glenlake taking sixth, after a 5-1 win for Springbank. Cochrane secured fourth place, losing 6-1 to Cranbrook.
The final game of the tournament was fought between Creston and Windermere, the only two teams undefeated going into the finals. It was a hard battle, but Creston’s only goal by Samuels was not enough, and Windermere won 4-1 to place first in the tournament.
—CRESTON VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION