The Delta Ice Hawks are now 2-0 for the tournament, defeating the VIJHL champion Peninsula Panthers on Friday night. Photo by Tav Morrison
Day Two of the provincial tournament saw a couple of tight finishes, with the games again finishing in favour of the two PJHL teams.
Revelstoke 1 – Langley 3
It was a close, low-scoring affair to open Day 2 of the Cyclone Taylor Cup. The Revelstoke Grizzlies netted the first goal in the game with less than two minutes to go in the first period, scored by Brandon Kasdorf, his first of the tournament. They held on to the lead until halfway through the third period, when Langley scored three unanswered goals. Evan Clare tied the game, then Brendan O’Grady scored the winner and an insurance goal to lock up the Trappers’ second win of the tournament. Kasdorf and Clare took home players of the game honours.
Peninsula 7 – Delta 8
Friday evening’s matchup was action-packed, as the host Ice Hawks edged out the Panthers in a barnburner. Peninsula went out to a 3-0 lead over Delta in the first, but before the end of the period, the teams were tied 3-3. Ryan Grambart, Riley Braun, and Logan Speirs had the VIJHL team’s goals, while Jamie Fuchs and Carson Merriman (x2) had the host team’s three. Delta told their first lead of the game in the second period on Alec Scouras’ tally, but Riley Braun evened the score just over a minute later. Seven goals were scored in the third period; the Ice Hawks scored four to the Panthers’ three. Kyle Kalamaras gave Delta a two-goal lead, and Peninsula kept coming within one, as the two teams exchanged goals (by Speirs, Delta’s Nico Marini, Peninsula’s Payton Braun, Delta’s Carson Hemenway, and Riley Braun tallying his hat-trick goal). Riley Braun was named Peninsula’s player of the game, while that title went to Kyle Kalamaras for Delta.