Eagles soar to gold
A pair of Langley hockey teams were not very generous hosts at a post-Christmas hockey tournament.
The Langley A2 Eagles and the Langley A3 Eagles both won gold in their respective divisions at the bantam rep A2/A3 tournament held at Langley Twin Rinks Dec. 26-28.
The A2 squad defeated Kamloops 5-2 in the A final while the A3 team shutout West Vancouver 5-0 in the B final.
In the A pool, Langley’s lone blemish was a 5-5 tie against Semiahoo during round-robin play.
In the team’s other games, they beat Ridge Meadows 6-2 and Vancouver 5-2.
Following their tie against Semiahmoo, they edged Kamloops 1-0.
In the semifinals, Langley defeated Cloverdale 5-2 to set up another showdown with Kamloops, who had edged Semiahmoo in the other semifinal.
The Langley A3 squad went a perfect 6-0, winning the bulk of their games convincingly.
The Eagles won four of their six games by shutout, beating Port Moody, Cloverdale and North Vancouver during pool play by identical 6-0 scores. The team’s lone close game was against West Vancouver, where Langley scored in the final minute to win 5-4.
In the semifinals, the Eagles hammered North Vancouver 8-2 and then won their rematch over West Vancouver 5-0.
Cormick Campbell scored the overtime winner sending the Langley C1 Hitmen to the gold medal.
Campbell’s goal gave the Hitmen a 6-5 victory over Abbotsford C4 in the championship finals of the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Hawks atom C Christmas Tournament, which wrapped up on Dec. 22.
The Hitmen were a perfect 5-0 at the tournament.
In round-robin play, they defeated Semiahmoo C2 5-4, Abbotsford C4 6-4 and Surrey C6 6-5.
In the semifinals, they beat Aldergrove C1 5-3.