Though they didn’t make the gold medal match, Penticton’s Tier 3 peewee hockey team had a great overall weekend at their home tournament, hosted Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
“We did very well, we won three out of four of our games overall. We lost a close game to Langley, who ended up competing in the gold medal game,” said Coach Craig Finer. “Because it was a seven-person tournament, the playoff format meant there was only one medal game. Both us and Langley only lost one game, but because we lost the head-to-head match, it put us in the bronze medal position.”
Finer said his players worked very hard for the duration of the weekend, despite some battling seasonal illness. He said they got caught up with a few “silly penalties” that affected their match against Langley.
“We’ve still got stuff to learn and work on, but overall we were happy with how the kids played. We were right there, very close to reaching that gold medal opportunity just didn’t quite make it,” said Finer.
Finer thanks all the volunteers who helped put on this home tournament, saying that everyone had a blast, including the other teams.
The team hits the ice again on Dec. 9 in Kelowna and Finer said his team will be ready.
“We’re always try to identify where there are opportunities to learn and grow, and one of them is definitely going to be not getting provoked and keeping our discipline,” said Finer. “And we’ll continue to work on our breakouts and making clean passes when we’re in our zone, which caught us a few times. But with our group this early in the season, we were really pumped with how they played and mostly we just want to build off of that positive momentum.”
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