Alberni forward Blake Mauke battles against the Sooke Thunderbirds during a game on Thursday, Dec. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Alberni’s Bantam Bulldogs earn gold at home tournament

Bulldogs defeated the top-ranked Tri-Port Eagles in a hockey shootout

The Alberni Valley Bantam Bulldogs defeated the top-ranked Tri-Port Eagles in a shootout to win gold at last weekend’s home tournament.

The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association’s (AVMHA) annual Bantam Holiday Tourney drew five teams from across the Island to compete for gold.

The Bulldogs started with a 7-4 win against Juan de Fuca on Thursday, followed by a 16-1 rout against Sooke. On Friday, they faced the Tri-Port Eagles, and the back-and-forth action ended 5-3 in favour of the Eagles. Their fourth and final game against Nanaimo ended in a 4-4 draw.

The gold medal game on Saturday, Dec. 29 was a rematch against the Eagles, who went undefeated in round robin play. Alberni opened scoring with a goal from Blake Moore in the second period, followed by an unassisted goal by Grayson Erickson. Tri-Port got on the board shortly after, but Erickson scored another goal to take the 3-1 lead. Tri-Port tied things up, and Alberni’s Robbie Steel scored the shootout winner to take the game 4-3.

This weekend, AVMHA will host their Midget Recreation Tournament from Jan. 3-6, 2019 in both the Weyerhaeuser and Coulson rinks at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

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Alberni forward Hudson Swann carries the puck into the Sooke zone, pursued by another player. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

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