A holiday feast of minor hockey

South Delta teams hit the ice on both sides of the tunnel including annual Party In Da House Tournament

Plenty of holiday tournament hockey is being served up on both sides of the tunnel over the next few days. 

The 38th annual Richmond International Bantam Midget Hockey Tournament is in full swing with 53 teams competing in five divisions until New Year’s Eve.

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This rep event has a tradition of attracting out-of-town teams and this year is no different with entries from California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and throughout BC.

A pair of teams from South Delta Minor Hockey are also among the participants.

The Midget A1 Storm improved to 1-1-1 in Midget Tier One round-robin play with a 4-1 win over the North Central Bobcats on Friday morning.

Goals from Chase Boutilier and Mathew Morison gave the Storm a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Owen Grannary’s late third period goal sealed the win against the Prince George side while Beckett Lee added an empty netter.

Dawson Mitchuk was solid in net.

South Delta opened the tournament with an 8-3 loss to the host Richmond A1 Jets on Boxing Day then played to a wild 7-7 tie with Surrey A1 Thunder on Thursday. The Storm will conclude its round-robin schedule on Saturday night against the Alaska U18 AA Wolves.

The South Delta A2 Storm are competing in the Bantam Tier 3 Division where they entered play on Friday with a 1-1 record.

The win was a 6-2 romp over the Seattle Sno King U14s. Jake Callow led the way with a hat trick. 

The RIBMHT’s four championship games will take place on Monday with the Bantam Tier Two and Tier Three finals being held at the Richmond Ice Centre at 10 a.m. 

Minoru’s stadium rink will host the Midget Tier Three (8:30 a.m.), Midget Tier Two (11:15 a.m.) and Midget Tier One (2 p.m.) title games.

Meanwhile, local bragging rights are on the line in South Delta Minor’s 15th annual Party In Da House Tournament.

The event features exclusively SDMHA boys and girls house teams battling for four division titles and the opportunity to take on North Delta champions later this season for the Delta Cup.

Action got underway yesterday and continues through until Sunday at the Ladner Leisure Centre and Tilbury Arena.

The finals will take place at the LLC starting with the Atom Division at 2:30 p.m., followed by Pee Wee (4:15 p.m.), Bantam (6 p.m.) and Midget (8 p.m.).


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