The Ravens Peewee C1 team played in the Cowichan Valley Peewee Female New Year's Tournament, January 2 to 4, 2019. Held at the Island Savings Centre and Fuller Lake Arena, the Peewee C1 team started the tournament on January 2 with a 1-4 loss against a strong Surrey Falcons Peewee C1 team, after coming over on the same ferry as Surrey and the Vancouver Angels Peewee C2 team.
The following morning, the Ravens defeated the Vancouver Angels, leading 11-0 after 2 periods before a power outage at Fuller Lake Arena ended the game. Thankfully, power was restored after 30 minutes, and later that afternoon, the Ravens defeated a tough Cowichan Valley Capitals team 3-0. This game was delayed by a fire alarm, and interrupted the Nanaimo-Tri Port game that was on the ice before the Richmond-Cowichan Valley match.
To determine final seeding for the playoffs, a number of games were played the morning of January 4. After overcoming a locked rink, Richmond defeated Nanaimo 6-0 at the Island Savings Centre. To get the game started on time, three older siblings of the Peewee C1 team, who all held their BC Hockey Officiating credentials, borrowed helmets and skates to start the game, and they were relieved by the arrival of the officiating crew.
With a win by Surrey over Vancouver that morning, Richmond and Surrey tied with 3 wins and 1 loss apiece. By virtue of their win over the Ravens, however, Surrey was the number 1 seed, setting up a gold medal rematch between the first place Falcons and second place Ravens.
If you wanted good hockey, you got it in the gold medal match. Both the Ravens and Falcons were evenly matched, and it showed. The Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a goal by #8 Kalani Cox, only to have the Falcons tie the match with 7 minutes left in the third period. The Ravens had to kill off 2 penalties in overtime, and with the score still tied after OT, it went to a shootout.
In the best of 5 round shootout, Surrey, as the home team, elected to shoot second. The Ravens' #4 UIani Cyr, and the Falcons, each scored on their first shots of the shootout. Then the Ravens' Cox scored as the second shooter, while the Falcons shooter missed the net. #6 Tifa Lau, the third Richmond shooter, was stopped by an excellent Surrey goaltender, and the third Surrey shooter fumbled the puck in the slot before getting a shot on net that was stopped by Richmond's #1 Kimberly Ho.
The fourth Ravens shooter, #10 Isabelle Wong, having successfully converted a penalty shot in an earlier game against Vancouver, was tapped on the shoulder to reprise her success, and didn't miss, putting Richmond up 3-1 in the shootout.
Surrey's fourth shooter got a great shot away, but it was corralled in the crest by Kimberly Ho. Richmond wins the gold medal 2-1, 3-1 in the shootout.
One final note: Richmond and Surrey shared the same ferry coming back to the Lower Mainland. Not only did the BC Ferries crew announce the presence of both teams on the ferry, and acknowledged both the Ravens win and the Falcons great effort in the tournament, the Surrey Falcons Captain and Alternate Captains came by to congratulate the Peewee C1 Head Coach Darren Nagata.
The rest of the Peewee C1 team was comprised of: #9 Brooke Nagata, #13 Devyn Scott, #5 Genevieve Louis, #48 Kalie Hewko, #23 Kenzie May, #2 Lexie Turner, #15 Nina Scott, and #12 Olivia Pfortmueller. #28 Adelise Cyr was called up as an Affiliate Player for this tournament.
The Peewee C1 coaching staff, in addition to Head Coach Darren Nagata, are Assistant Coaches Adam Cyr, Dustin Turner, and Norm Wong, Safety Person Gary Louis, and Team Manager Louise Mah.
[All pictures courtesy of Betty Chung].