Jets crowned provincial juvenile champions

Richmond caps dominant run in Chilliwack with 4-2 win over Langley in title game

The Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association has its first provincial championship banner.

The Jets proved to be the class of B.C. Hockey’s Juvenile Championships in Chilliwack — capping a dominant season with a 4-2 win over Langley in Sunday night’s title game. Richmond went 25-6-3 in league play, then rolled to three straight wins to capture the Pacific Coast Amateur Gold Group playoffs and secure a trip to the Fraser Valley.

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The momentum continued with victories over Chilliwack (5-2), Saanich (6-2), Ridge Meadows (4-1) and North Vancouver (4-2) to lock up a berth in the title game. That set up a rather awkward Sunday morning final round-robin tilt against Langley with both teams knowing they would meet again hours later.

The Jets took that game 3-2 for their fifth consecutive victory and continued the momentum into the final.

The teams were tied at 2-2 after 20 minutes with Justin Getz and Kenji Choong scoring for Richmond. 

James Sings scored what proved to be the game winner at the 3:17 mark of the second. He then added some insurance minutes later. Robert Axworthy set-up both goals.

Getz led the team in tournament scoring with 12 points, including seven goals. Isaiah Harms added six goals while captain EJ Shaw was prominent in a playmaking role from the blueline with eight assists.

Goaltender Jacob Head went 4-0 in the tournament with 1.75 goals against average while Jordan Allen picked up the other two wins, allowing just two goals per start.

The Jets roster also features Brayden Furey, Jin Woo Lee, Paul Coley, Jaeden Fitterer, Brady Wang, Kyle Gounder, Joshua Freeland, Alphonse Royer, Merrick Roberts, Stephen Coley, Thomas Morison and Murray Hills.

The team is guided by longtime Richmond coach Glenn Wheeler with help from assistants Harold Hait and Kamesh Goundar.

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