Surrey surprises at Alberni midget tourney

Alberni's Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs hosted a successful tournament at home over Remembrance Day weekend.

The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs hosted a successful tournament over Remembrance Day weekend.

The tourney featured teams from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, including North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Powell River, Oceanside and Kerry Park.

Alberni swept their round robin games to finish on top of the A pool, with scores of 5-0 over North Vancouver A2 Storm, 4-1 over Kerry Park Islanders, and 3-2 over Surrey Hurricanes.

In the B pool, North Vancouver A1 came out on top with wins over Oceanside (9-3), Richmond (10-3) and Powell River (4-0).

The final matchups were all closely contested. Fourth place teams Richmond and North Vancouver A2 battled to a 1-1 tie.  Third-place teams Oceanside and Kerry Park tied 5-5.

Both semi-finals produced upsets with Surrey edging North Vancouver A1 by 5-4 and Powell River over Alberni Valley 3-1.

Alberni played North Vancouver A1 for the Bronze medal. The Bulldogs dominated 9-4 to collect the medals.

The gold medal game between Powell River and Surrey was a defensive and goal tending battle. The game ended in a 1-1 tie and overtime was scoreless.

Surrey won the gold medal after scoring one goal out of 10 shots in the shootout.

ICE CHIPS…The Bulldogs next see action on Saturday, Nov. 19, against the Peninsula Eagles and on Sunday, Nov. 20, against the Saanich Braves.