The Langley LY 4Shiners coaching staff knew they would get a good game out of captain Johnny Pearson.
“We heard him talking to the boys in the locker room before the game,” said assistant coach Mike Irwin.
The message from the captain was to his fellow third-year players on the team — who were all suiting up for the final time for the Langley Minor Hockey Association — about finishing strong and bringing home the Cup.
Led by Pearson’s hat trick and four-point game, the Shiners defeated Langley LY1 7-3 in the championship final of the midget Langley Cup on Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
“They are a hard-working team with lots of effort,” Irwin said about his squad, the bulk of whom have played together for three years.
“Led by their captain who came out to play today and led the boys to victory.”
In the final, the Shiners raced out to a 3-0 lead and were up 4-1 after one period.
Trevor Mainman, Chase Irwin and Pearson, with two, had the Shiners goals, while Tha Kler responded for the opposition.
Each team scored once in the middle frame — Pearson completing the hat trick and Jeavin Shoker for Langley LY1.
Drew Repin made it 6-2 before Kler and Jasper Smythe traded goals to round out the scoring.
The Shiners were the top seed among the five playing for the Cup, going a perfect 3-0.
“It is unusual to be the top seed and take care of business,” said Irwin.
“But the boys worked really hard to accomplish that.”
Irwin said the team came out flat in their first Cup game, largely because they had been off for a week, and were rusty.
“We had a week off and hadn’t played in a while,” he said.
“We came out flat to start but through our hard work and perseverance, were able to pull through.”
But they won that game, advancing to the semifinals where they again faced Langley LY1 with the winner advancing straight to the championship final while the loser had to win one more do-or-die game in the double elimination format to advance. The Shiners won that contest 7-2.
The Cup win caps off the second of the team’s goals.
“Start of the year, we wanted to win a couple of tournaments and the Langley Cup at the end,” Irwin said.
Langley Shiners’ Trevor Mainman steps past a fallen Parker Halliwell. Mainman scored twice in his team’s 7-3 victory at the George Preston Recreation Centre.