Cole Slaney

Cole Slaney

Peewee Thunder take first in Dawson Cre

The Quesnel Thunder tier 3 bantam hockey team first place last weekend at a tournament in Dawson Creek.

The Quesnel Thunder tier 3 bantam hockey team skated to another tournament win last weekend with a 6-4 win over Fort St. John in Dawson Creek.

“It was a really good tournament for us to go and play the northern teams,” Thunder coach Brian Kozak said.

The tournament win is the perfect set up for the provincial tier 3 zone playoffs set for this weekend at Twin Arenas as the thunder host the Williams Lake Timberwolves.

In Dawson Creek, the tournament final saw the Thunder take a 2-0 lead into the dressing after the first period of play, thanks to two goals by Ian Jarvis.

The Thunder stretched their lead to 3-0 early in the second period on a goal by Braydon Dale.  

Fort St. John inked up their side of the score sheet minutes later to pull within two goals and again at the midway mark of the second frame to pull within one goal.

Chad Kimmie restored the two-goal margin for the Thunder with just over three minutes to play in the second frame.

Fort St. John scored twice in the second frame, but the Thunder also found the back of the net twice on Dale’s second goal of the game and Jarvis completed his hat trick to secure the 6-4 win and the tournament championship.

In round-robin play the Thunder earned a 3-1 win against Prince George to open up the tournament and followed that with a 5-4 win against a team from Fairview, Alta.

“They’re a big tough team,” Kozak said.

“It was a really good test for our guys.”

The Thunder then took it on the chin, losing 3-0 to Grande Prairie, Alta. in a game where the Grande Prairie netminder made over 60 saves.

“It was just one of those games where we shot a bunch of pucks at the goalie and then we started picking corners and he was in the zone,” Kozak said of the Grande Prairie netminder.

“He was unbelievable.”

The Thunder got back on track in semi-final action with another win over Fairview, this time by a score of 9-3.

Jarvis led the Thunder on the scoresheet, finishing the tournament with six goals from two hat tricks, Jesse Roach lit the lamp five times for the Thunder and Dale had four goals.

The Thunder now head to the provincial bantam tier 3 zone playoffs scheduled for this weekend at Twin Arenas where they host the Timberwolves from Williams Lake for a best-of-three series.

Game one goes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and game two is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Sunday.  

The third game, if required, has yet to be scheduled.