The Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs have finished atop Division One in the Vancouver Island Hockey League.
Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association president Al McCulloch presented the championship Banner to the team on behalf of the VIAHA executive following the last league game Jan. 22.
Even down a few players, the Bulldogs were able to outgun Nanaimo Clippers T1 by 5-3 to conclude the regular season with a record of 10 wins, one loss and one tie.
They pulled ahead of Nanaimo in the first period. The first goal was pounded in from the high slot by Cameron MacAdams at 11:46 on a two-man advantage.
Seconds later, still on power play, Brandon Antonichuk scored on a rebound to make it 2-0. Greg Tuckerman scored with thirty seconds to go.
Six of eight goals in this game came on power plays.
Nanaimo scored the only goal in the second period.
Alberni got back to work when Ryan Buse restored the team’s three goal on a power play in the third period.
Nanaimo capitalized on two more power play opportunities to narrow the gap to a single goal.
But Greg Tuckerman’s long empty netter sealed the victory for Alberni Valley with only seven seconds left in the final stanza.
The Midget Bulldogs will have home ice fortheir first play-off game against Oceanside at 5 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 5.