The ceremonial puck drop for the first game between KSS and BSS saw principals Rudy Terpstra (left) and Lori Marshall (right) with instructor Heath Dennison (middle) dropping the puck for the successful SD69 Hockey Program's inaugural game.

The ceremonial puck drop for the first game between KSS and BSS saw principals Rudy Terpstra (left) and Lori Marshall (right) with instructor Heath Dennison (middle) dropping the puck for the successful SD69 Hockey Program's inaugural game.

Ballenas, KSS hockey teams square off for first time

Back-and-forth contest goes to Kondors 8-7 in shootout

In the first on-ice matchup between Ballenas and Kwalikum secondary school hockey clubs, there was plenty on the line as the two teams went head-to-head for bragging rights.

Usually practising together as part of the School District 69 Hockey program, student-athletes split off into their two respective school teams for the first game between the two schools in the Hockey world.

Festivities started off with a ceremonial puck drop as Principals Rudy Terpstra (Ballenas) and Lori Marshall (KSS) posed for a photo with Heath Dennison, the head instructor for the program, dropping the puck.

From there it was game on, with the two teams battling it out back-and-forth from opening puck drop to the final whistle.

Tied at 7-7, the game went to a shootout where it was the Kondors eventually winning the close game and taking the first installment of the “cross-town” rivalry game on ice.