Minor hockey’s peewee rep team wins home tourney

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It was another great weekend for the atom Bruins, who played two games in Cranbrook on Sunday. The first game was against Cranbrook’s Rockit Landscaping team. Creston came out fighting and never let up winning with a final score of 12-2. Tyson Steed scored a hat trick plus one and Shayne Walker had a hat trick. The afternoon game was against Cranbrook A&W. Again, Creston’s players came out fast and hard and played a dynamic game. Matthew Lengyell scored a hat trick plus one, this time assisted in all by Justice Samuels-Mund. Shayne Walker played a great game in net for the win with a final score of 4-2. Coach Tim Lengyell felt the boys played their best games of the year. They were full of energy and played with lots of heart.

The peewee rep team won their second tournament of the year, as the peewee teams hosted their home tournament this weekend. The rep team dominated throughout winning all four of their games. Creston’s first game was against Cranbrook on Friday night, winning with a score of 5-1. They then played Invermere in a much tighter game, winning with a score of 3-1. Calgary, who had also been victorious in their first two games, was their last opponent in the round robin. Creston won 6-4, setting up the final Sunday morning with a rematch of Creston vs. Calgary. Creston got to a quick start and never let up. Their effort paid off with them winning the game with a final score of 9-3. Two goals each were scored in the final game by Jordon Wood and Jake Kolodychuk. Tyler Everrit, Logan Wullum, Jake Living-stone, Ronnie Japp and Ethan Plotnikoff each had one. Matthew Armitage made an amazing 40 saves for the win.

The peewee house team put in a heroic effort even though many players were fighting illness both off and on the ice. The team played their hearts out but they just could not catch a break. Their first game on Friday night against Cranbrook Dodge was the closest of the tournament with Creston Bruins scoring three goals. Warren Blackmore (assisted by Cole Bright) in the first period, Timothy Blackmore (assisted by Vinson Blackmore) in the second and Scott Griffioen (assisted by Kristi Blackmore) in the third scored for Creston, but Cranbrook took the win with four goals. Saturday’s game saw Creston battle against the Kimberley Steelers. Unfortunately, the final score was 6-1 for Kimberley with Alex Blackmore (assisted by Olin and Kristi Blackmore) preventing a shutout.

That evening, the Bruins matched up against Beaver Valley. Again, despite a valiant effort, they lost 5-0. In the playoff they were matched up against the Kimberley Steelers once again, to unfortunately lose 5-0. Scott Doeleman in net for the Bruins did an outstanding job. He took many, many shots and came back again and again. Coaches and managers were so proud of the team as they showed such sportsmanlike behaviour and, despite the losses, they showed true heart. The tournament was a huge success thanks to the tournament director Sharon Kidd and all the parents and volunteers who put in countless hours over the weekend.

Brett Vanruyskensvelde’s bantam Chiefs participated in the Invermere tournament. On Friday night, despite the late game, they were victorious over Bow Valley with a final score of 2-1. On Saturday, in their first game against Elk Valley, they pulled off another win but were defeated in the afternoon by the Calgary South team. Due to the game outcomes they were slotted into the B final on Sunday against Lake Bonavista. They ended the tournament by winning the B division with a final score of 6-2. The team demonstrated a solid team effort all weekend with season’s best performances by Jacob Endersby and Jackson Stewart in the final game. Josh Samuels once again came through for the team during the tournament with two hat tricks.

The midget house team took part in the Kimberley tournament during the weekend. Friday’s game against Salmon Arm had Keith Murphy scoring both of Creston’s goals but unfortunately Salmon Arm had eight goals. In their first game on Saturday, Creston was leading the scoring in the first period but Cranbrook Toyota was able to edge their way past and Creston just couldn’t seem to catch up — final score 8-5 for Cranbrook. On Saturday evening, Creston tied the game against Cochrane but lost by only one point in the final game on Sunday against Castlegar. The offensive line of Zach Henderson, Mitchell Reid and Patrick Stewart played well together but just couldn’t seem to register a win.

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