The under-16 boys hockey team from Yale Secondary rallied to win the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Elite 15s playoff title in thrilling fashion last Sunday in Vernon.
Trailing Pursuit of Excellence 2-0 heading into the third period, Yale got goals from Christian Bosa and Nick Gauvin to knot the score, then went ahead on Ben Brar’s strike with 2:02 remaining. Brar rounded out the scoring with an empty-netter.
The victory caps a terrific debut season for Yale, which finished first during the CSSHL regular season and won the Richmond International Tournament.
“It exceeds expectations,” program co-ordinator Billy Wilms said. “You never know what you’re going to get in Year 1 – you have no idea. There are too many question marks. So to compete as well as we did is exciting.”
Yale also cleaned up at the CSSHL awards – Kohen Olischefski and Carter Shannon shared top scorer honours, Olischefski won the MVP award, Brett Clayton was student-athlete of the year, and Liam McCloskey was top goalie.