The Summerland Midget Rep Jets, sponsored by Nesters Market hosted the Sam Hanon Memorial Midget tournament last weekend.
In their first game on Friday night, Summerland hosted the Spokane Chiefs. It was an action packed game with Spokane holding a 3-0 first period team after a sluggish start from the Jets.
Spokane made it 4-0 in the second before Summerland finally got on the board at the 9:22 mark of the third. In a scramble In the front of the net, Kevin Greenwood grabbed the puck and fired it home with assists going to Clayton Fenrich and Chad Lemke.
Spokane answered back with one more to hand Summerland a 5-1 loss in Game 1. Summerland had a lot of good chances on the power play, but strong play by the Spokane goalie kept Summerland to the lone goal.
In the next game Summerland Nesters Market Midgets Jets took on North Delta. Summerland was on their game scoring first in a short handed situation. Adain McLusky stole the puck at centre ice from a North Delta defence and found the back of the net on a breakaway to give Summerland a lead at the end of the first. Summerland moved the puck well and skated hard with lots of chances. in the second. However, North Delta took advantage of their opportunities and notched three goals in the second to move them ahead 3-1.
Summerland answered back quickly with Jacob Lusted going bar down to bring Summerland within one. The lone assist went to Spencer Millar.
Summerland pulled their goaltender late and almost tied it up when Lusted rang one of the post, but North Delta hung on for the 3-2 victory.
As they did in all four of their losses the Jets outshot their opponents.
Game three, which would decide third place in their pool, pitted the Jets against the Coquitlam Chiefs. The Chiefs outscored Summerland 2-1 in the first period. Summerland’s lone goal was scored by Austin Warkentin with assists going to Chad Lemke and Dakota Deane.
In the second period, Austin Warkentin went to work netting two markers to give him his hat trick. Assists went to Lusted with two and Linden Gove and Spencer Miller with one each to tie the game at three a piece.
The third period was evenly matched with lot of chance on both sides.
It stayed tied at 4-4 until the Chiefs shocked the Jets with a goal with only four seconds left to seal the deal 5-4.
It was a back and forth game in which Summerland once again out shot their opponents, but came up empty handed.
Summerland placed fourth in their pool so they would be playing for seventh place against the Cloverdale Colts.
In a game where the Jets outshot the Colts 50-15 they once again ran into some hot goaltending and fell 3-1. The lone Summerland goal was scored by Austin Warkentin with assists going to Colton Ashton and Clayton Fenrich.
The Jets played the game without some key players who were banged up and unable to play.
Head Coach Cal Johnson was pleased with the team’s performance despite the losses. “We won every aspect of the game except on the scoreboard where it counts,” Johnson said. “We are generating chances, which is proven by the shots on goal advantage we held. We are close to where we want to be and will be a force this season. Our goal is going to be to come out harder at the start of games, get an early lead and take some of the pressure off ourselves.”