The KLP Construction Peewee A Tyees played two games at Rod Brind’Amour arena this past weekend with mixed results.
They played an exhibition game on Saturday against Oceanside. The Tyees had three players back in the line-up after being injured. Justin Kennelly, Will McLean and Mitchell Rogers laced them up for the Tyees and didn’t look out of place at all. Kennelly and Rogers each scored in their return, while McLean continued to work hard at both ends of the ice. Oceanside scored part way through the first period but Tyler Dickson replied for the Tyees to level the score at 1 at the end of the first period. The Tyees had a bit of a slow start, possibly due to the team bottle drive held earlier in the day.
The Tyees were starting to get their legs under them as they executed a long break-out play perfectly in the middle of the second with D-to-D passes from Liam Rivett to Doug Campbell resulting in a break-away by Kennelly. Kennelly cut in from right to left and put the puck in the top corner on the short-side for the goal of the night.
The Tyees never looked back as goals were added by Olivia Knowles, Rogers and Dickson with his second of the night. Final score 5-1 for the Tyees. Both Ethan Ouellette and Nick Ordano played very well in goal, with Ordano making the play of the game as he saved a point-blank shot at a critical moment in the game.
Sunday’s afternoon game was a tiering game against Cowichan Valley.
Tyees team officials learned that one of the Cowichan players has been on a scoring roll recently. Head coach Marc Ouellette seemed to play his top centre, Todd Campbell, against this player whenever possible. The strategy was working until both teams started taking penalties which disrupted the flow of the game and caused coaches to juggle their lineups.
The Tyees received solid goaltending from Ethan Ouellette again, and very good effort through-out the game from all players.
The play of the game for the Tyees was the great passing play from the line of Damian Rennie, Rogers and Kennelly who worked well together to score the first goal.
The teams traded some chances after that but the Tyees enjoyed a bit of puck-luck. They took a 3-2 lead into the third period and added an early goal to make it 4-2 but Cowichan replied quickly to bring it level with about 16 minutes to go. With just over a minute left, Cowichan took advantage of a defensive zone lapse in coverage to score the go ahead goal and went on to win 5-4.
The Tyees are now off to Port Alberni to play in their Thanksgiving weekend tournament.