AAA Midget Classic tops weekend hockey calendar

What's happening on local rinks and fields this week

Midget Tier 1 hockey takes to local rinks this weekend for the AAA Midget Classic.

Co-hosts the Saanich Braves, including Oak Bay players, opened play Thursday but continue through Sunday. Cheer the local boys today (Friday, Nov. 11) when they play the Hollyburn Huskies at 8:30 a.m. at Panorama arena. On Saturday, Nov. 12 they face the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins at Ian Stewart Arena at 8:10 a.m. before facing the Kelowna Rockets at 12:40 p.m. back at Panorama.

The tournament finals will take place Sunday, Nov. 13.

Here at Oak Bay Rec Centre, Friday afternoon brings a 3:15 p.m. tilt between Burnaby Winter Club and the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies. Third-place teams play Sunday at 9:45 a.m. at Oak Bay.

Come cheer on your home-town boys as they take on some of the best in B.C.! Can’t be there in person? Follow the action online at http://esportsdesk.com/leagues/schedules.cfm?leagueID=10831&clientID=3726

The Victoria Royals return to the ice to host the Tri-City Americans tonight, (Friday, Nov. 11) and tomorrow night in back-to-back 7:05 p.m. starts at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

The Royals next play Tuesday, Nov. 15 when they play the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:05 p.m. at Save on Foods Memorial Centre.

In Junior B hockey, the Cougars are on the road for two, first visiting the Peninsula Panthers tonight (Friday). After a few days’ rest, the Cougs visit the Westshore Wolves for a 7 p.m., Nov. 16 game at the Q Centre.

The Cougars return to Archie Browning arena Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. game with the Oceanside.

The University of Victoria basketball teams return for two games at home this week against the University of Calgary Dinos.

The women take to the floor first at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and 5 p.m. Nov. 12. The men hit the CARSA floor Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Turning to the rugby pitch, Oak Bay premier Castaway Wanderers visit the UVic Vikes at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The Div. 1 CW team visits Cowichan Nov. 12 and the UVic Norsemen host Nanaimo.

Division 1 men’s soccer kicks off on Saturday, when Bays United FC plays Vic West FC at Finlayson at 6 p.m.

In Division 1 women’s soccer, the Castaways FC plays Vic West United at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Victor Brodeur while Bays United FC hosts Prospect Lake at 4:30 p.m. at Oak Bay High.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Doug Secondary. Send your coming events to jocktalk@telus.net.