By Jarrett Spannier
The local Tier 4 Pee-wee hockey team travelled to West Kelowna to compete in the Westside Warriors Tier 3 Hockey Tournament on Dec 28, 29 and 30. The 13 boys who attended the tournament gave the other teams a taste of Revelstoke hockey and were a dominant force to be reckoned with. The all-around team effort saw every skater score at least 1 goal over the 5 games in the tournament.
Game 1 of the tournament saw goalie Noah Newsome, backstop the team to an 8-5 victory over their league rivals the North Okanagan Knights. Player of the game honours went to Ben MacDonald (Hat-trick) and hustler of the game to Harrison Fenwick. Game 2 – Revelstoke pounded the Summerland Jets 9-0 with player of the game honours going to Raymond Speerbrecker and hustler of the game to Jake Leeder. To close out round-robin play, the Jr. Grizzlies defeated the host Westside Warriors 10-3 with player of the game honours going to Jeremy Scarcella and hustler of the game to William MacDonald.
The first place ranking earned the Jr. Grizzlies a return match-up with the Summerland Jets who the Grizzlies defeated 14-3 on Sunday morning. Player of the game honours went to Nic Sakiyama (hat-trick) with hustler of the game to Rylan Bokis setting up a re-match in the final with the North Okanagan Knights. Defenseman, Tyson Marsh, set the tone for the final match scoring with a shot from the point 30 seconds into the first period. Goaltender, Spencer Spannier, then shut the door on the Knights as the Revelstoke Grizzlies cruised to a 7-1 win to take the tournament crown. Matt Cadden earned player of the game with hustler of the game going to Rory Christie-Hoyle.
The boys only have a couple days to savor the victory as they will be challenging themselves in the Salmon Arm Tier 3 Pee-wee Tournament January 4 – 6.