The Campbell River Windsor Plywood Midget B Ravens flew down the Inland Highway on July 13 to play game number two of its best-of-three series against Juan de Fuca (JDF) for the Island playoff banner.
The Ravens lost the first game by a score of 8-6 in overtime the previous week so this was a must-win game. Midget C Raven Travis Star joined the team as well as newly crowned Provincial Bantam B Champions Reid Matthews, Blake Doherty and Kaleb Vivier as the Midget B Ravens had a few players on the disabled list.
The Ravens got on the scoreboard first and never looked back, en route to a 12-7 victory.
With the series tied at one game each, game three took place about two hours later. JDF got an early lead in this winner-take-all game but the Ravens came out victorious, with a 9-4 win. The Windsor Plywood Midget B Ravens have now qualified for the Midget Provincial Championships the old-fashioned way…they earned it.
The provincials are being hosted in Campbell River, with a few games in Courtenay. Games began on Wednesday but both of Campbell River’s midget teams begin play today.
The Midget B Ravens play their first game at 9:30 a.m. against Burnaby then play Quesnel at 3:30 p.m. Their final round-robin game is Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against Coquitlam. The Midget C Ravens start their tournament run today playing Cowichan Valley at 11 a.m. in Courtenay.
They return home to play JDF at 6:30 p.m. tonight and finish their round-robin schedule at home tomorrow with a 2 p.m. game against Cranbrook.
Championship games are on Sunday. Bronze medal games are on Rink 2; 8 a.m. (Midget C), 10 a.m. (B), noon (A2) and 2 p.m. (A1). Gold medal games are at Rod Brind’Amour Arena starting with Midget C at 8:30 a.m., then 10:30 a.m. (B), 12:30 p.m. (A2) and 2:30 p.m. (A1).