Ridge Meadows Ball Hockey was well represented last weekend at the B.C. Minor Ball Hockey Provincial Tournament in Victoria, and brought back gold and bronze.
Teams from all local divisions travelled to compete against the best of the best, with games beginning on Friday morning and ending Sunday afternoon.
The Sr. Earthquakes (Pup) started their title defence (this team won the 2013 provincials in Delta) with two wins and a draw in three round-robin games. That gave them the top seed in their pool.
A convincing 8-5 win in the semi-finals against the Valley Warriors secured a spot in the gold medal game against the Metro Bulldogs on Sunday.
Backstopped by the superb goaltending of Deston Sands and solid shutdown defence from their blueliners, the Sr. Earthquakes cruised to a 6-0 win and their second straight provincial championship.
They were led by their Triple Threat Line of Justin Osborne, Carson Shalist and Adam Kirby, and the team tallied 27 goals in the five weekend games.
The Jr. Earthquakes (Peanut) were led by solid defence from Brandon Osborne, Sam Fontaine and the Dagg brothers, Nathan and Jacob. Andrew Rittich gave them strong goaltending, and the offensive output came from throughout the lineup – in particular, Luke Moffat.
They had two wins and tie in round-robin play, which was good for the second seed in their pool.
A tough, 2-1 loss in the semi-final meant a berth in bronze medal game Sunday. The team bounced back with a solid effort and 7-3 win to bring home third place hardware.