A loss helped turn the season around for the Langley LY3 Crunch.
It was during a tournament back in October and the Crunch lost in the semifinals.
“We played really well (in that loss) and those are the games that you can build from,” said coach Jamie Fiset. “I think it just helped focus us for the remainder of the year.”
Up until that point, the team was roughly a .500 squad, alternating wins and losses. But the Crunch caught fire, losing just two games the rest of the season. They finished with a record of 31-7-1 and the last of those victories came on Sunday afternoon, a 7-1 win over the Langley LY7 Falcons.
The two teams were playing in the championship finals of the Langley Midget Cup at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The Crunch scored three times in 65 seconds midway through the first period with Tyler Piluso, Nick Grant and Joey Yeomans each finding the back of the net. Quinton Barwich made it 4-0 and after Ryan Barthelson made the score 4-1, Barwich and Colton Wellburn struck for goals 48 seconds apart to quash any comeback attempts.
Piluso had the lone goal of the third period.
Fiset said the goal at the start of the season was to make coming to the rink fun for the players. But along the way, the team found its game, resulting in a tournament win over Christmas in Abbotsford and then both the league and playoff banners for their division.
In the Cup playoffs, they beat Langley LY1 3-0 in the opener, edged Langley LY10 2-1 and then beat Langley LY7 9-5 in the semifinals.
The tournament is double knockout, so LY7 won their next game to get another crack at the Crunch.
The Crunch players are: Brady Andrew, Aric Wolstenholme, Quinton Barwich, Graeme Cuthbert, Benjamin Ethier, Spencer Fiset, Nick Grant, Zachary Jennejohn, Dylan McBride, Maxx Mcrae, Ford McMahon, Tyler Piluso, Brayden Rattenbury, Cameron Ross, Derek Warzel, Jackson Woodcock, Joey Yeoman, Campbell Jennejohn and Colton Wellburn.
The coach is Jamie Fiset and assistant coach is Derek Jennejohn. Shannon Wolstenholme was the team’s manager and Ed Warzel the team’s HCSP.