Two shutouts for Creston peewee Chiefs

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The Creston peewee Chiefs ended the first half of the season playing their best hockey of the year so far. In Whitefish on Saturday, the boys took a while to get going, with Jordan Wood scoring unassisted at the 11:25 mark. The Chiefs held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.

The second period was a different story as the local boys turned it up a notch and took the game over. Goals by Jacob Bertram assisted by Brayden Jellis at 7:38, Mathew Hills assisted by Ty Gudjonson at 7:17, Wood with his second assisted by Jellis at 4:44 and Gudjonson unassisted at 2:42 proved to themselves that teamwork and passing leads to success.

Rounding out the scoring in the third was Harvey Pawsey from Ronnie Jaap at 18:32 and Brody Ryan from Jaap again at 17:24. The final score was 7-0 for the Chiefs.

On Sunday in Cranbrook against their rivals, the team got off to a great start. With goals from Ryan assisted by Bertram and Jaap, Kale Plotnikoff unassisted and Jellis unassisted, the Chiefs led 3-0 after the first. Taking the body and team passing continued into the second, with a goal at 15:05 by Wood from Ryan and Bertram. At 5:02, Ryan added his second from Jaap.

The third period was scoreless until, with 33 seconds left, Harvey Pawsey scored with help from Gudjonson, for a final score of 6-0 for the Chiefs.

This weekend every player became committed to body checking, teamwork, add strong defensive structure and goaltending, resulting in back-to-back shutouts — a great team effort. The coaching staff is proud of the team and they all look forward to the second half of the season.

• On Saturday afternoon, the atom B Bruins hosted Kimberley in another East Kootenay League game.

The game was all Kimberley. Creston’s team played well together with great passing and shots on goal, but just couldn’t get past Kimberley’s goalie. The home-team goalie, Ryan Palmer, saw many shots and made many great saves.

The final score was 10-0 for Kimberley.

— CRESTON VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION