The Richmond Minor Eagles Atom hockey team played hard and had a lot of fun en route to winning the Arctic Blast Tournament last weekend in Lynwood, WA.
The Eagles came out strong on Friday - producing wins over Cloverdale (4-0) and Ridge Meadows (4-3).
On Saturday morning, the team enjoyed watching and cheering on teammates Brayden Ho, Jay Wang, Cormac Ennevor, Derrick Wong and goalie Darius Capadouca in the tournament skills competition. They were up against players from 15 other teams from all over B.C. and Washington State. All did an amazing job with Ho placing third in the agility race. Eagles supporters also enjoyed a win as they took the Spirit Award during the skills event.
The Eagles continued their momentum on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-1 against the Seattle Badgers. Coach Alwyn Ho admitted that he was a little worried after the Seattle team scored an amazing goal only seconds into the first period, but was confident that his team would fight back as they usually do.
Richmond headed into Sunday's playoff games as the top seed and would meet local rival Seafair C2 Destroyers in the semi-finals. The Eagles once against fought back from an early deficit and would produce an exciting 7-5 win.
The Eagles then capped a perfect five game run by pulling away in the third period for a 6-3 victory over Ridge Meadows in the championship game.
Coaches Ho, Sean Harrington and Mark Ennevor commented that, although special recognition needs to go to Tyler McInnis Thorpe, Ryan Harrington, Wang, Derrick Wong and especially Capadouca, the entire roster did an absolutely amazing job of playing hard and working together as a team.
Wonderful efforts were also turned in by Shaan Bal, Alex Barber, Josh Higo, Brayden Ho, James Mathewson, Kai Samson, Aidan Wong and Cormac Ennevor.