Bantam Provincials: Tier 2 Smokies advance to final

The Bantam Tier 2 Smoke Eaters went head-to-head in the final against Vancouver in Cranbrook Wednesday night.

The Trail Midget Tier 2 Smoke Eaters aren’t the only team that played in the B.C. Championshp final on Wednesday as the Bantam Tier 2 Smoke Eaters went head-to-head in the final against Vancouver in Cranbrook Wednesday night.

The Bantam Smokies beat West Kelowna 4-1 Wednesday morning in the semifinal to advance. The team dropped their final round-robin game to Prince George 5-3. However, the Tier 2 Smokies already had their playoff  berth wrapped up with a pair of wins that included a 7-5 victory over Vancouver.

In Tuesday’s match against West K., Trail jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Bodie Gallo, Ethan Jang, and Tom McConnachie. The teams would exchange tallies in the second period with Brad Ross scoring for Trail, before a scoreless third period decided it for the Smoke Eaters.

Vancouver beat the North Shore Winter Club 4-1 in the other semifinal to advance to the final against Trail.

In Castlegar, the Bantam Female Wildcats defeated South Island 2-0 on Tuesday to give themselves new life, but the 4-1 Surrey Female Eagles, and 4-1 Richmond Ravens secured the top two spots and played in Wednesday’s final.