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U18 Storm threepeat as provincial champs

Storm beat Cranbrook 6-1 in championship final
The U18 South Delta Storm captured their third straight provincial championship with a 6-1 win over Cranbrook in the final in Langley on March 20. Photo submitted

The U18 South Delta Storm won their third straight provincial title going undefeated at the Tier 2 provincials last week in Langley.

Backed by tournament leading goaltending from Ty Molema, outstanding team defence and penalty killing, and scoring by committee, South Delta beat Trail, Victoria, Fort St. John and Smithers during the preliminary round, the edged Prince George 4-3 in the semifinals before beating Cranbrook 6-1 in the final.

The Storm had three of the top scorers: Fletcher Lucas with 12 points and a tournament leading eight goals, Nicolas Streit with 10 points and Logan Meyer with nine points.

The Storm finished in the middle of Flight 1 during the regular season, defeated Hollyburn A1 in their playoff round and went 3-1 to capture the banner in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association Final Four tournament in Port Moody.

The team was coached by Ken Priestlay (Pacific Coast Coach of the Year in 2022/23) who has been instrumental in the success of the U18 program in South Delta for many years. This season his coaching staff included Tony Marra, Bennett Stoilen and Owen Venier with Karen Denney as team manager. Other recognition to Glenn Jope, the team videographer and photographer who helped capture this season with his camera and his talented eye. While the team recognizes all players contributions throughout the year, a special shout-out to team captain Hayden Clisby who was a member of all three championship teams.

While eight players graduate this season, up to 10 current players can return next year in their hunt for a fourth consecutive championship.

The team roster included: Hayden Clisby, Thomas Cowan, Thomas Denney, Damian Dumas, Dominic Dumas, Sean Jones, Jacob Jope, Max Kobus, Wylder Lappin, Dylan Lappin, Fletcher Lucas, Logan Meyer, Ty Molema, Ryan Rackow, Nicholas Streit, Cameron Trolland, Sam Weinstein Smith, Rylan Weisbrod, Jack Dosenberg and Awais Nasim.