Story by Shauna Leeson, Photos by Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )
January 1, 2013, Victoria, BC., (ISN) – It was a busy holiday season for VMHA Pee Wee C1 (Major) players, coaches, and their families. During December 27 – 29, the PW C1 Ice Hawks participated in VMHA Pee Wee “C” Christmas Classic tournament with enthusiasm and heart.
The Ice Hawks dominated their opening game of the round robin vs. the C1 Saanich Braves rolling through with a score of 5 – 1.
Ice Hawks centre #3 Leo Jansch tries to get a stick on a Braves shot on goal during Friday night tournament action at the rink at CFB Naden – (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the middle of game two vs C1 Kerry Park Islanders, the Hawks lost one of their key players due to an unfortunate incident resulting in a casted arm. The Islanders played top notch to win 5 – 1.
Ice Hawks centre #6 Cole Van Hinte looks for a winger to advance the puck – (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
In game three vs. C1 Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, the Hawks, short a second strong player, came back from a 4-1 score at the start of the third period, after pulling the goalie to tie it up. Celebrations for the strong effort were complemented by a locker-room feast of Hothouse Pizza as donated generously by George Papaloukas
Ice Hawks #9 Andrew Weir skates past his check to hunt down the puck during tournament play ofver the holiday weekend – (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
The medal game proved a triumph for the Hawks with a 3-0 shutout against the Braves, to result in the Bronze.
A special thanks to fantastic Head Coach Jeff Van Hinte and Assistant Coaches Robert Jansch, Robert Grant, Ian Weir, and Brad Bryan for being outstanding role models for the VMHA PW C1 players. A many thanks to the team’s families for cohesion and dedication to our team’s experience. As well, an additional personal kudos to Micah Aivazoff of the Dog Dish & Friends and Poontra Isarasakdi and Yonny Bettson of Little Thai Place for support and donation of gift certificates.