The Richmond Minor Midget C3 team won the Vancouver Canuck Place Charity Hockey Tournament over the Christmas break, sporting a perfect 5-0 record.
In preliminary play, Richmond defeated Hope, Burnaby, and Vancouver to qualify for the championship round. As luck would have it, Richmond met up again with Hope in the semi-finals. It was an end-to-end game, between two evenly matched teams. With just over a minute remaining, and Richmond up 3-2, Hope pulled its goaltender but Richmond was able to notch an empty-netter to clinch the victory.
The final pitted Richmond up against Surrey in a battle of unbeaten teams. This was a hard fought game from the start, with strong physical play and a fast pace. It also proved to be a goaltender's duel.
Richmond opened the scoring on the power play and despite excellent chances by both teams, that proved to be the game's only goal. Mark Cayer was outstanding in earning the shutout, while Kevin Coates was the game MVP.
The team also includes Manmeet Dogra, Ben Kiang, Sam Kiang, Nathan Lau, Matt Mah, Nathan Mak, Jordan Moss, Braxton Nomura, Arman Sandhu, Nick Seto, Jocelyn Tang, Justin Uyeno, Darren Whiteside, Alisha Wong and Tyler Yip. They are coached by Grant Coates, Steve Yip and Jim Seto and managed by Mel Mah.
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