Penalties burned the Penticton Heat peewee A team in the Barnburner lacrosse tournament at Memorial Arena.
The Heat surrendered seven power play goals in an 8-3 defeat against the Kelowna Kodiaks in the championship on Sunday. They spent the majority of the game shorthanded and while coach Del Halladay said he didn’t agree with all the calls made by the officials, he knows his team played undisciplined, taking 36 minutes in penalties.
“We never gave up,” said Halladay of his team’s play, as they scored three shorthanded goals.
The scorers for the Heat were Finn Halladay with a pair and Devon Cole. Saturday was the bright spot for the Heat as they defeated the Shuswap Outlaws and Semiahmoo Rock.
“We played a couple of very good games, we really hustled,” said Halladay.
A challenge for the team was finding energy for the championship game. A handful of the players were also playing in a spring hockey tournament.
Heat peewee B finishes fifth
The Heat peewee B squad took fifth after winning their final match 8-2 against the Nicola Valley Thunder. Caz Markus-Pawliuk, Jacob Becker and Curtis Nickel each scored twice, while Tray Swanson and Evan Antunes scored one each. Picking up a pair of assists were Becker and John Broere, with Swanson, Athan Smith and Noah Ouellette getting one assist each.
Heat coach Allen Pawliuk said the fifth-place result didn’t reflect their play.
“We were extremely proud of the way the kids played and represented themselves,” he said.
The Heat started the tournament with a 9-3 loss to the Abbotsford Warriors. Swanson scored twice with Smith adding the third goal. In their second game, the first meeting with the Thunder, the Heat squeaked out a 2-1 win. Swanson scored both goals with assists to Markus-Pawliuk and Broere. Pawliuk said the third game against the Kamloops Rattlers was fantastic. The Rattlers managed a 5-3 win, but the game was tied at three with 15 seconds left in the second period. It stayed that way until they pulled ahead with 2:30 left in the game, then added an empty-net goal.
Swanson scored twice with Smith adding one. Meadow Archand-Squakin had two assists with another going to Becker.
The Port Coquitlam Saints edged the Warriors 6-5 to win the championship.