Minor Hockey: Bantam AA’s fall in semis

Greater Trail Bantam AA Smoke Eaters made it to the semifinal game at the provincial championships in Kelowna Wednesday.

Greater Trail Bantam AA Smoke Eaters made it to the semifinal game at the provincial championships in Kelowna Wednesday, but would come up short against a tough West Kelowna team.

The Bantams won a thrilling 2-1 match against Kelowna Tuesday to advance, but lost a close 4-3 decision to West Kelowna Wednesday.

Mathew Alderson scored the game winner late in the third period to send Trail into the playoff round.

However, a hat trick by Spencer McLean in the semifinal wasn’t enough to carry the Bantam AA Smokies into the final.

Greater Trail played Langley in the bronze-medal game, and Juan de Fuca faced West Kelowna Wednesday evening in the championship match but scores were unavailable at press time.

Meanwhile, the Trail Pee Wee AA team lost its final game Tuesday, a 5-4 come-from-behind win for Cranbrook, while the Bantam A Wildcats tied Prince George in its final match 1-1. The Midget AA squad found its stride with a 10-0 drubbing of Williams Lake, but all missed the playoff round.