Anthony Williams of the Greater Trail Bantam Tier 2 Smoke Eaters chases down a Tri City opponent in a 4-2 win Friday to start the GTMHA Bantam Rep tournament. The Bantam Rep Smokies went undefeated in the round robin but lost to Bow Valley 5-2 in the semifinal.

Trail Bantam Reps come up short

The Bantam Tier 2 Smoke Eaters went undefeated through the round robin, starting off with a strong win over Tri City on Friday.

The Greater Trail Tier 2 Bantam Smoke Eaters came up short of the final as they fell 5-2 to the Bow Valley Timber Wolves in the semifinal of the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association’s Bantam Rep Tournament on Sunday at the Cominco Arena.

The Bantam Tier 2 Smoke Eaters went undefeated through the round robin, starting off with a strong 4-2 win over Tri City Americans Friday, and followed that up with a victory over the Castlegar Bantam Rebels by the same score Saturday morning.

The GTMHA Bantams then skated to a 4-3 victory over Bow Valley from Calgary Saturday afternoon but couldn’t duplicate the feat in Sunday’s semifinal when the number-1 seeded Smoke Eaters played the number-4 seed Timber Wolves. Trail fell behind early in the semifinal match and couldn’t solve the Bow Valley goalie in the second half of the game despite a significant edge in shots and puck possession.

It was a tournament of parity as only Trail went undefeated through the round robin. The eventual champion, Salmon Arm Silvertips, had lost to the Timber Wolves 2-1 in the round robin, but beat Castlegar 5-2 and Tri City 7-3, to win their pool. The Tips then defeated Spokane 10-5 in the other semi on their way to the championship game.

In the title match, the Silvertips led 4-1 in the third when Bow Valley, in desperation, pulled their goalie with six minutes to play. But the strategy backfired as Salmon Arm scored three empty-netters to take the title in a 7-1 drubbing of Bow Valley.

Just Posted

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

Last stand for Silver City summer

Fall officially arrives in Trail at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

Most Read