The Summerland Dental Centre Bantam Jets traveled to Kamloops for a tournament on the weekend of Nov. 28 and 29.
There were 20 teams in attendance. The Jets went undefeated in their round-robin play to top the leaderboard in their division, comprised of Pools C and D.
The coaches said this weekend wasn’t about the numbers at all. Coach Terry Ralston summed it up this way: “I’m very proud of the way we are coming together as a team. It’s great to see when everyone is getting better and better and at the same time having a lot of fun. It’s a great group of players.”
In the first game, the Jets went up against the Kamloops Pistons, outscoring them 6-1.
Kayden Cave had two goals; Ty Sideroff, Rylan Campbell and Connor Aitcheson each had 1 goal; Jason Scherban had one goal, one assist; Reilly Noble had one assist. Kayden Cave was the MVP of the game.
In the second game, the Jets played the Kamloops Rednecks and came out on top, 7-4.
Sideroff had two goals, one assist; Campbell had two goals; Cam Budney had a goal; Aitcheson had two goals, one assist; Cave had an assist. The MVP of the game was Ty Sideroff.
The Jets bested the Kelowna Kings, 9-5, in the third game.
Scherban had four goals and two assists. The fourth was disallowed due to the “Gretzky Rule.”
Sideroff had two goals, two assists; Cave, Kaeden Seiter, Aitcheson and Spencer Bitte each contributed one goal; Campbell had two assists; Budney had an assist. Jason Scherban was the MVP of the game.
The semi-final game saw Jets defeat the Penticton Vees by a score of 5-3.
Aitcheson, Scherban and Budney each got one goal. Campbell had two goals and an assist. Sideroff and Natalie Tremblay each had an assist. Connor Aitcheson was the MVP.
The Jets lost the final championship game to the Hope Wildcats by a score of 6-4.
Cave had one goal. Scherban had three goals and an assist. Rylan Campbell was the MVP.
The score sheet summaries don’t tell the whole story.
They couldn’t adequately reflect how the efforts of each and every player contributed to the success of the team this weekend.
Coach Gus Cave explains what the score sheets can’t.
“As a coach and a fan of the game I can say that this group was a pleasure to watch this weekend. I truly believe that they enjoy being with each other and accept each other for what each individual brings to the dressing room and the ice. As all players will make mistakes both on and off the ice; I’ve seen them do their best to make efforts to be better for the team. They are a great group of people and I look forward to seeing just how far this journey will go. In true road trip fashion there was a lot of fun both on and off the ice. Thank you Jets“