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Local midget and peewee rep teams are confident heading to provincial tourneys
Two minor hockey teams featuring numerous Osoyoos players have enjoyed tremendous seasons and hope the best is yet to come at provincial championship tournaments this week.
The South Okanagan Midget Rep team is heading to 100 Mile House for the provincial championships that run from March 16-21.
The South Okanagan Peewee Rep team is headed to Nelson for the provincial championships over the same time period.
Both teams had remarkable regular season and playoff success and head to provincials believing they have a legitimate shot at becoming provincial champions.
The peewee team heads to provincials with a remarkable record of 45 wins, five losses and two ties.
“It’s not very often that you find a good group of kids that are capable of pulling off those kinds of wins to go to provincials,” said head coach Gord Dynneson. “Especially in a smaller association. It’s quite an accomplishment.”
The peewee rep teams feature players ages 11-13 from across the region. The peewee team defeated Kelowna in two straight games to win the best-of-three South Okanagan championship.
The midget rep team has an equally impressive record heading to 100 Mile House as they didn’t lose a regular season game in the South Okanagan Minor Hockey League and captured tournaments in Winfield and Castlegar before winning the league title by defeating Kelowna 2-1 in the best-of-three championship series.
“I’ve been coaching minor hockey for many years and this is one of, if not the best, team I’ve ever coached at any age level,” said head coach Dave Marcy. “We didn’t lose a game in our league in 14 games and we only lost a couple of games in tournaments all year long. We also have a great bunch of kids and parents who get along very well and we have a lot of fun. It really has been a dream season for us and we hope to finish it off by playing our best hockey at provincials.”
The midget rep team features three Osoyoos players – Blake Loura, Keenan Holz and Quentin Murr – and they are picking up two alternate players (Evan Polera and Parker Gaudet) from Osoyoos for the provincials.
There will be 10 other teams at the provincial championships from all across B.C.
Marcy wanted to thank assistant coaches Jim Liebel, Ryan Liebel, Terry Dawson and Igor Pavlina as well as team manager Sean Harris for their commitment and hard work throughout the season.
“We have a great team on the ice and great team off the ice,” he said.