Three teams off to provincials
A pair of Langley hockey teams, as well as another from Aldergrove, are representing the Lower Mainland this week at their respective provincial tournaments.
The Langley Minor Hockey Association bantam tier 4 team is in Windermere Valley while the the juvenile team will play at provincials in Richmond.
And a midget tier 3 team from the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association has qualified for their provincial tournament in 100 Mile House.
“Our goal was to qualify for provincials,” said Kevin Lapointe, the head coach of the bantam A4 squad.
“From the outset, that is what we wanted to do.
“We put a great group of kids together and developed as the season went on.”
The Eagles had played the regular season in a higher flight, and were in the middle of the pack, the coach explained.
“We had our ups and downs, but obviously when playoffs came around, it was a different game for us because now we are playing against other tier 4 teams in the Pacific Coast for qualifying,” he said.
They beat Abbotsford A4 to qualify for the PCAHA final four and then won both of their first two games against Ridge Meadows and North Shore Winter Club.
That set up a final game against Langley A5 — who was also 2-0 — with the winner moving on to provincials.
The Langley A4 team won 7-1 to continue their season.
The team also won the annual President’s Day tournament in Phoenix last month.
“It’s a balanced team all the way up and down, from the goaltender out to the defencemen to the forwards,” Lapointe said.