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Three Osoyoos-area minor hockey teams win big
Three local minor hockey teams had big success this past weekend to cap off excellent seasons.
The Peewee and Midget Rep teams of the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association (SOMHA) were winners in their leagues and will move forward to play in provincial championships later this month.
The Atom Development SOMHA team also won playoffs Sunday in Penticton. The Atoms won three games in the round robin and tied one before defeating Vernon 2-1 in the final.
The Atom team, under head coach Brian Zakall, is made up of children aged nine to 11. Team manager Brianne Hillson said the playoffs wrap up the season for the local youngsters.
The Midget Tier 3 team moves on to provincials that will be held in 100 Mile House from March 16-21 after an undefeated regular season.
The team played a three-round playoff that ended with the local squad beating Kelowna 2-1 in the best-of-three final.
The local Midgets lost 5-4 in the first game but came back to win a second game 2-1 in Kelowna Saturday and a third 3-2 in Osoyoos on Sunday.
“It’s just an awesome group of kids,” said head coach Dave Marcy. “We’ve got players from Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton and Grand Forks on the team so we’ve got a little bit of everything and kids from everywhere.”
The Midget level includes players aged 15 to 17.
The Peewee team also had a strong regular season and then excellent playoffs. They go on to provincials in Nelson from March 16 to 21.
“Throughout the year we had a winning record of 45 wins, five losses and two ties, which is incredible,” said Peewee head coach Gord Dynneson.
The Tier 3 male team from South Okanagan played teams from other communities in the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA).
In finals held on the weekend, the local team beat Kelowna in two straight games to win the best-of-three series.
“It’s not very often that you find a good group of kids that’s capable of pulling off those kinds of wins to go to the provincials,” said Dynneson. “Especially in a smaller association. It’s quite an accomplishment.”
The Peewee team includes players 11 to 13.