Home team golden in Midget Classic

Saanich Braves Midget Tier 1 wins memorial hockey tournament

Saanich Braves goalie Connor McKillop blocks Burnaby Winter Club’s Ryan Riggs from scoring in a hard-fought tie Saturday at UVic’s Ian Stewart rink. McKillop earned a shutout in the Braves’ 1-0 overtime win over Burnaby in a gold-medal re-match Sunday.

The Midget Tier 1 Saanich Braves were golden in a 1-0 overtime win Sunday over the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins.

Panorama arena was filled with fans for the gold medal final of the 14th annual Greater Victoria Midget Classic, co-hosted by the Braves, the Peninsula Eagles and the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies.

The annual tourney, which welcomes some of the top teams in B.C., is a memorial to former Victoria Racquet Club player Jeff Batters, who was drafted to the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. He died in a car crash in 1996.

Batters’ brother Greg presented Braves’ captain Nash Kellett with the trophy, after naming both goalies, Connor McKillop, with the shutout, and Bruin Naveen Kainth as their teams’ MVPs.

The Braves, including Oak Bay High’s Jarod Timmins and Cole Manton, and Oak Bay News columnist Colin Gall, fought through scoreless regulation time before Jack Taylor scored the winner from Kellett and Spencer Golden.

“The players played extremely hard all weekend,” said Coach Ian Birnie. “It’s a lot of hockey in a short time and even after a serious injury to one of their teammates in the final game, they maintained their poise and responded with a solid team effort.”

Saanich finished first in round-robin play, with wins against the Hollyburn Huskies, Vancouver Thunderbirds and Kelowna Junior Rockets, and a hard-fought 4-4 tie with Burnaby, where forward Thomas Brandwood scored the tying goal with just one second left on the clock.

This is the first time an Island team has won the tourney in about a decade, and the first-ever win for Saanich.

 

Just Posted

Prize winning Urban Bee Honey Farm generating a buzz

Urban Bee honoured at the Vancouver Island Business Awards

African rhythms, dance performance to help out Sierra Leone charity group

Feb. 23 show by Issamba ensemble a fundraiser for Victoria-Taiama Partnership

Excitement builds for first Victoria Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival in Sidney

First headliners announced, wide range of community friendly musical, cultural events planned

Over 100 take the Vancouver Island polar plunge

More than $25,000 raised for BC Special Olympics athletes

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read