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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Richmond Off to Juvenile Provincials


March 13, 2012

Last night the Juvenile teams from Richmond A1 and North Vancouver A1 faced off in a tie breaking game to decide the Pacific Coast banner and a birth into the Juvenile Provincials starting later this month.

Solid efforts from both teams and spectacular goal tending kept the game locked at 0-0 heading into the third period. At 9:54 of the third period, Richmond lit up the net with what can only be described as a 'ping pong' goal by # 14 Connor Martyniuk with an assist from # 6 Dylan Ferguson.

North Vancouver (coached by Vince Harriott and Max Rivest), were firing everything at the net minder for Richmond # 31 Cole Chreptyk but were unable to connect. Richmond (coached by Maurice Hamlin and Richard Hamlin) scored another at 2:43 of the 3rd period by # 19 Benjamin Woodward (unassisted). 

North Vancouver rallied back and scored by # 15 Sebastian Sutherland assisted by # 19 Ryen Mackaay with :51 seconds left to go in regulation play. 

 North Vancouver and Richmond played the remaining seconds of the game with full force and momentum and with :15 seconds Richmond's # 17 Corey Tasaka goal sealed the win for Richmond.

Richmond's win not only gave them a birth in the upcoming Provincials but also the P.C.A.H.A banner for the season. 

North Vancouver's quest isn't over either. They will now face the Burnaby Winter Club A1 Thursday night at the Burnaby Winter Club. The winner of that game will be heading to Provincials.

Juvenile Provincials are hosted this year by Seafair Minor Hockey with games at both the Richmond Ice Centre and Minoru Ice Centre.

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