Richmond Pee Wee1s are B.C. Ball Hockey champions thanks to a memorable run in the Fraser Valley over the Canada Day Weekend.
The championships were co-hosted by Cloverdale, Langley and Aldergrove. More than 70 teams and 1400 players did battle over five days to reach the gold medal games on Canada Day.
Getting to the provincials was no easy feat.
Going into the semi-finals of the Richmond playoffs, the Pee Wee1s had to defeat their PW2 counterparts twice to advance. With one loss in hand in the double elimination round, the pressure was on. The team eventually went on to win the Richmond Cup and lock up the B.C. berth.
Richmond opened the championships with a loss to Metro then rebounded to defeat Tri-Cities and tie Valley to finish second in its pool group and clinch a spot in the semi-finals.
A terrific final four battle with Surrey went to double overtime before Richmond squeaked out the win.
That set the stage for the final and a rematch with Metro.
The game was scoreless through regulation time. Richmond battled hard and remained focused even while killing off a penalty in overtime. With just a couple minutes remaining, Richmond pulled out the dramatic 1-0 to be crowned provincial champions.
The players and parents give a huge thanks to the coaching staff and the Richmond South Delta Minor Ball Hockey Association (RSDMBHA) for a great year!