Connor McClennon of the Kelowna Pursuit of Excellence squad cuts in front of Delta Hockey Academy’s Ryan Watson for this scoring attempt on netminder Dylan Garand during the gold medal game of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championships bantam prep division, Sunday at the OHA rink in Penticton. Kelowna jumped into an early lead and went on to win the game 7-1. McClennon sored three goals in the victory. Mark Brett/Western News

Pursuit achieves excellence

Kelowna Pursuit of Excellence achieved just that in Sunday’s gold medal game of the bantam prep Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championships at the OHA rink.

The team jumped into an early first-period lead and never looked back, coasting to a 7-1 win over the Delta Hockey Academy, giving up the lone goal in the final frame.

The victory capped a successful week-long tournament hosted by the Penticton Okanagan Hockey Academy.

Connor McClennon lead the team with a hat trick adding a helper to round out a four-point performance.

Kyle Crnkovic was the top point getter in the game with a pair of markers and three assists. Jordan Borysiuk rounded out the scoring with a pair of goals.

The team lead 4-0 and 6-0 after the first and second periods respectively.

Talyn Boyko stopped all but one of the 31 shots to record the win.

Justin Sourdif had Delta’s lone marker.

The victory was a measure of revenge for Pursuit which finished in second place, just a single point back of Delta in the regular season standings.

Pursuit earned the right to compete in the final game with two victories on Saturday.

The win goes along with a 6-3 victory by the Pursuit midget varsity team Friday over Pilot Mound Hockey Academy in that division final.

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A total of 49 teams, consisting over over 900 student athletes representing 18 CSSHL schools took part in the event.