Abbotsford Hawks claim provincial pee wee banner

Abbotsford Ice bantam female hockey team places third at provincials in Richmond

The Abbotsford Hawks A1 pee wee team celebrates its banner win.

The Abbotsford Hawks A1 pee wee team celebrates its banner win.

The Abbotsford Hawks pee wee A1 hockey team is the best in the province.

The Hawks took home the provincial banner in the Tier 1 division after a dominant performance in Nanaimo last week.

Abbotsford didn’t lose a single game en route to the banner win.

Competing against five other teams in the highest level of pee wee hockey, the Hawks opened with a 8-1 win over Prince George on March 19. They followed that up with their only tie of the event, playing the North Shore Winter Club to a 3-3 draw on March 20. Abbotsford bounced back later that day with an 8-4 win over the host team from Nanaimo.

The Hawks then took down Kelowna 4-2 on March 21, and beat Victoria 8-4 on March 22 to finish the preliminary round in first place with a record of four wins and one tie.

The strong preliminary round showing advanced them to the final, where they matched up with the only team they hadn’t yet defeated – the North Shore Winter Club. Abbotsford prevailed in the final, defeating NSWC 5-2 on March 22 to earn the banner.

The Hawks were led by forwards Brayden Edwards and Tyson Dyck, who were first and second in scoring amongst all players with 17 and 12 points, respectively, in the preliminary games.

The only other Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association team to qualify for the provincials was the Abbotsford Ice bantam female team, which finished third in the province.

The Ice battled six other teams at the event, which occurred in Richmond from March 19 to 23. Abbotsford opened with a 14-0 win over North West on March 19. They continued their hot play with a 7-0 win over Prince George on March 20, and then tied Kelowna 1-1 later that day.

Abbotsford lost 5-0 to the eventual champion Richmond Ravens on March 21, and also lost 5-2 to Tri City on March 22. The Ice closed off the tournament with a 5-0 win over South Island to finish third overall.

Abbotsford’s Hailey Maurice scored 11 points in the Ice’s six games, while Desiree Wiens contributed with 10 points.

Also at provincials, the Mission Stars bantam team earned top spot in the Tier 3 provincials.

For more information on all the tournaments, visit bchockey.net.