All three of Quesnel’s Minor Hockey Rep teams earned the opportunity to compete at the provincial championships, March 15 – 18.
Pee Wee Thunder’s first game pitted them against Kitimat at the Terrace Sportsplex.
Quesnel started the championships off on a positive note wining this first match with a final score of 9-3.
The following game ended in a tie with a score of 6-6, this game had Quesnel up against Whitehorse.
Two games down and one more day of competition before the finals and with one tie and one win Quesnel Pee Wee Thunder was still in the running.
The morning of March 17 saw their first loss, bringing in a final score of 6-3 in favour of Arbutus Club.
Their final game was a face-off with South Okanagan.
The final score was 4-4. With one win, one loss and two ties Quesnel’s Pee Wee Thunder did not advance to the finals.
Quesnel’s Bantam players travelled to Vancouver Island Tri Port, facing off against their competition at the Port Hardy Civic Arena.
Bantam Thunder dominated in their first match against Tri Port, winning with a final score of 8-0.
The next day Quesnel took on Semiahmoo bringing in yet another victory for Quesnel with a score of 8-6.
Their third day first pitted them against Whitehorse, followed by match with Dawson Creek.
Their morning match ended with a final score of 8-1 in favour of Whitehorse and their evening game against Dawson Creek similarly ended in a loss this time with a score of 7-0 preventing Quesnel Bantam Thunder from advancing to the finals.
The big winners for the weekend was Quesnel Midget rep team.
Quesnel’s Midget rep team skated at the Kin Arena in Dawson Creek.
Their first game of the championships was against Sunshine Coast.
Quesnel opened the scoring on this game 34 seconds into the first period with the first goal scored by Marshall Brown. Chad Kimmie scoring their second goal before the first period ended.
An additional goal by Ian Jarvis sent Quesnel Thunder into the third period with a three-point lead where they scored another four goals.
Only four minutes left in the final period Sunshine Coast scored their first goal of the game and Quesnel took the win with a final score of 7-1.
The next day Quesnel faced off against Dawson Creek.
Jarvis scored the first goal of the game, though Dawson Creek fired back with a goal of their own. Quesnel quickly took back the upper hand by scoring an additional two goals to end the first period with a score of 3-1.
Jarvis scored the only goal of the second period, bring the score up to 4-1 in favour of Quesnel going into the final period.
The final period brought in one goal for Quesnel and one for Dawson Creek. As the final buzzer sounded the score came in at 5-2, with Quesnel earning their second win of the championship.
The following day Quesnel Midget Thunder would suffer their first loss at the hand of Coquitlam with a final score of 3-1.
Quesnel’s next game against Sooke would decide which team advanced to the gold medal game.
Quesnel’s Cole Daniels scored bringing in the first goal of the game, Jarvis followed this up with a second goal for Quesnel with only 39 second left in the first period.
At the start of the second period Quesnel held a two goal lead and fought to hold onto this lead until the end. The final score was 4-2 in favour of Quesnel, securing them a spot in the finals.
There final game pitted them against Terrace. The game ended with a score of 3-1 in favour of Terrace and though the Quesnel Midget Thunder did not capture the championship banner they brought home second among the many talented teams at the provincial championship. It was a good ending to the season for Quesnel Minor Hockey.