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Monday, March 26, 2012

Final Day BC Hockey Juvenile Championships

Day 4 and Championship Game day! The fight was now on to see who would meet the undefeated Richmond Blues in the final later Sunday night.

The morning would start off with the Surrey Thunder and the BWC fighting for that coveted spot in the final. A hard fought game with both goaltenders standing firm in their nets allowing only one goal each. The 1 - 1 tie would now put the pressure of Host team Seafair to win their game against Nanaimo in order to make it to the final and prevent Surrey from that coveted spot.

Game fourteen was a fine finish for the undefeated Richmond Blues who hit the ice to face the Winfield Bruins. Winfield still playing strong and hard despite their losing record were no match for the brute force and excellent goaltending of the Blues. The game would end with a crushing 7 - 0 loss for the battered and bruised Bruins. The Richmond Blues would be awarded the P.C.A.H.A Champion Banner after the game.

The last game of the Round Robin the BC Juvenile Hockey Championships belonged to the Seafair Islanders and the Nanaimo Clippers. Nanaimo came out on to the ice with the same intensity and drive as the previous round robin games played. Seafair would break the goal crease first at 19:48 of the first period. Great defensive plays by both teams kept the game 1-0 until the 14:09 point when Seafair sailed another one in the Clippers' net. The Clippers not going away quietly, sprang into action and scored at 11:38 of the first period to make it 2-1.  Seafair taking control of the game in the second period pushing the score to 7-1 by the 5:25 mark. Seafair scoring their seventh goal on a power play after a 'check from behind' which assessed Nanaimo with a 2/10 penalty.

Seafair player gets pulled down on breakaway and gets a penalty shot but is denied by Nanaimo Clipper goalie to keep the game 7 - 1 in favour of the Islanders. The waning moments of the second period go quietly into the books as the Seafair Islanders look to extend their lead and inch their way closer into a birth in tonight's final against hometown rival, the Richmond Blues.

The third period starts with Nanaimo on the offensive, scoring their second goal of the game at 18:15 shorthanded. The remainder of the period has gone fairly unremarkable. A couple of penalties and some solid hockey being played by both teams. Seafair sails into the sunset of this Sunday afternoon with a 7 - 2 clipping of the Nanaimo Clippers.

The win gives the Seafair Islanders their spot in tonight's final against the Richmond Blues in what should be the epic game of the tournament.

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