A cross-city rival got in the way of the South Delta A2 Storm’s Bantam A title hopes at the 38th annual Richmond International Bantam Midget Hockey Tournament.
The Storm capped a memorable five-day run with a 4-1 loss to the North Delta A2 Sundemons in Monday’s championship game at the Richmond Ice Centre.
South Delta had reeled off four straight victories to earn another shot at the Sundevils after an 8-3 loss on Boxing Day to open the tournament.
This time, North Delta used a big first period to take control with four unanswered goals, including a pair from Jadon Nager.
Jake Jones got the Storm on the scoreboard with his second period effort but their comeback bid couldn’t get them any closer.
South Delta had advanced to the gold medal game with a 4-3 semi-final triumph over the Cloverdale A3 Colts. Zachary Milne’s goal with 4:46 remaining broke a 3-3 deadlock. Tyler Allen, Mathias McDonnell and Kalen Tasse also scored. Gavin Veenstra got the win in net.
The Storm had earlier climbed back into contention with wins over Seattle Sno Kings U14 (6-2), Surrey A3 Thunder (6-4) and the Saanich Braves (4-3).
Jack Callow led South Delta in tournament scoring with 11 points, including eight goals. Jackson Fowler, Caden Pacaud and Milne each had seven points.
The Storm also feature Tristan Scouras, Mason Roberts, Kalen Tasse, Layne Edge, Riley Neaves, William Bocolas, Cooper Fitton, Joel Epplette and Brad MacDonald.
North Delta’s impressive tournament run included seven games (6-0-1) without a loss, outscoring its opponents 32-14 in the process.
Jonas Ponce and Sam Centanni led their team in scoring with nine points each. Blueliner Aiden Benza topped the goal scoring department with six goals. Jadon Nager and Centanni had five each. Matais Reid and Jacob Zillich shared the goaltending duties.
The Sundemons will turn their attention back to Pacific Coast Amateur regular season play where they sit third in Flight #5 with a 10-3-0 record. The Storm are 5-8-1 in Flight #4 play.
Meanwhile, the South Delta Midget A1 Storm competed in the the top AAA tier where they finished out of the playoff mix with a 1-2-1 record.
Following an 8-3 loss to the host Richmond Jets on Boxing Day, the Storm battled the Surrey A1 Thunder to a wild 7-7 tie then skated to a 4-1 win over the North Central Bobcats.
Surrey scored with 52 seconds remaining to deny South Delta its first win after Austin Labelle had made it 7-6 with 2:09 left.
The Storm needed to hand the Alaska Wolves their first loss of the tournament on Saturday night to advance to the quarter-finals a four goal second period proved to be too much to overcome in an 8-2 loss.