The Rich’s Auto Collision Midget A Tyees unwrapped a golden pre-Christmas gift at the Comox Valley Midget Tournament.
The Tyees captured the gold medal game in claiming the championship at the Comox Valley Midget Tournament defeating the Cloverdale Colts 3-2 in the title game.
The round-robin portion of the tournament saw the Tyees face off against Juan de Fuca winning 4-1 and a 6-0 shutout against the Peninsula Eagles.
The Tyees then moved on to the semi-final game against the Tri-Port Eagles, completing a comeback to win 5-4. Down 4-0 in the third, the Tyees would not accept defeat and scored five goals in the third period with the tying goal scored at just over two minutes left in regulation by Alexander Dragolov with assists from Jordan Rauser and James Severs. The Tyees secured their chance at gold with the winning overtime goal scored by Rauser and an assist by Severs.
In the final, the Tyees faced the Colts in a hard fought battle. The Tyees found themselves down 2-0 in the third period when the Tyees’ defenceman, Rauser, assisted by Landon Walters, scored with just over five minutes left in the third period. This changed the momentum of the game producing the game tying goal by Austin Stover-Pearson with just 1:44 left in regulation. An intense battle on ice in overtime saw Rauser, with assists from Severs and John Kretzschmar, scoring the game winner.
Severs led the team in points with two goals and five assists. Dragolov had three goals and three assists; Tyson Fair – one goal and four assists; Calvin Chomeczko – three goals and two assists; Rauser – four goals; Kretzschmar – one goal and two assists; Colton Erickson – one goal two assists; Walters – one goal and one assist; Tyler Clark – two goals, one assist; Domenic Kolbeins – one goal, two assists; Beattie – three assists; Hunter Fahey – one goal; Chaz Wernig – one assist; Stover-Pearson – one goal; Mike Weston – one goal. Ryan Howich played strong defensively throughout the tournament.
Goaltending was very strong with Nathan Hoff getting a shutout and game saving net minding from Colton Thompson. The Tyees will partake in the Richmond International Hockey Tournament next week.