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Eagles beat Hawks in battle of the birds at Abby tourney

The Langley atom Eagles were victorious for a third straight tournament after winning the Abbotsford Atom Rep Hockey Tournament. -
The Langley atom Eagles were victorious for a third straight tournament after winning the Abbotsford Atom Rep Hockey Tournament.
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The Langley Atom A4 Eagles continue their remarkable run, winning their third consecutive hockey tournament.

The most recent victory was at the Abbotsford Atom Rep Tournament, which ran Dec. 27 to Dec. 29.

And the Eagles faced some adversity in making it happen.

The team had a slow start to the tournament, getting shut-out 5-0 in the opening game to the host Abbotsford A3 Hawks. But that was the team’s lone blemish at the tournament and after finishing second in their pool, the turned the tables on the Hawks in the championship final, delivering a 4-0 victory over the same Abbotsford squad to be crowned tier 3 champs.

And to make the finals, Langley needed to rally in the semifinals as they trailed the Portland Junior A Hawks 4-1. But the Eagles scored six of the final seven goals to win 7-5.

“The kids battled hard against Portland, and showed great determination to fight back from a three-goal deficit,” said coach Gary Bowsher.

“They never gave up and played as a strong cohesive team that has trust in each other.

“The boys carried their momentum into the finals to take home gold (and) winning three tournaments in a row is definitely an impressive record.”

In the team’s other three round robin games, they topped Portland 6-5, beat Aldergrove A1 7-2 and the Cowichan Capitals 6-1.

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