New Years Tournament
Over the first weekend of the year the Midget A T-2 Team battled in a Coquitlam multi tier tournament. The Tyees started off to a strong start against the Anaheim Jr Ducks with a four goal first period. That lead ballooned to nine in the 2nd period before the Ducks finally responded with one of their own, The game finished up with the Tyees blasting 65 shots at the beleaguered Anaheim goalie en route to an 11-1 win, yet the Tyees sat in 2nd place due to too many penalties. Owen Parker was a plus nine with one goal and three assists, while Ethan Mainprize, Robert Gurney, and Garrett Lee scored pairs, with singletons by Jacob Hartley, Cole Devlin, Clint Nelson, and Caden Cossenas. Jared McAneeley was strong in net, stopping 12 of 13 shots with a .923 save percentage.
Game two against the Sooke Thunderbirds early Wednesday morning was more exciting than the earlier match. The Tyees led 2-1 on goals by Owen Parker and Jacob Hartley until halfway through the 3rd when the Thunderbirds tied the game, but less than 5 minutes later the Tyees surged ahead once again on a goal by Grady Robertson. However, the Thunderbirds pulled even on the power play and with the goalie pulled with just 20 seconds left, in what proved to be the pivotal point of the tournament. Jared McAneeley continued his strong play between the pipes posting a very respectable .914 save percentage.
Game three against the hometown Coquitlam Chiefs et al was hard fought by the boys, but nothing went their way. The Chiefs were allowed to push the puck from under a sprawled Jared McAneeley for their first talley, and nothing changed from then on in as they posted a 7-1 win despite being outshot 33-49. To their credit, the Chiefs worked their system and allowed almost zero shots from any of the dangerous areas in front of the net, as all but one of the 49 shots from the outside were easily stopped by their netminder.
The consolation game ended in another loss for the Tyees, dropping 4-1 to the Vancouver Thunderbirds in a fiesty match.
The Tyees next game is a league match Saturday at 6:15PM as they host the winless Juan de Fuca Grizzlies. The Tyees are currently doing very well at 6-3 as they sit second in the regular season standings.