The Oceanside Atom Steelers won gold at the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Atom Challenge in Port Alberni earlier this month.
The Steelers fought their way to the final gold medal game after finishing second in round-robin play. Knowing they were the underdogs, the Steelers played hard and never underestimated themselves or their opponents.
Oceanside took on the Nanaimo Phantoms in the final and won 4-1. They took an early lead with goals scored by Mikhail Foster, Spencer Loewen and Spencer Jordan.
Steelers goalie Tom Hodgson was sharp at the post and turned away a steady stream of shots from the Phantoms.
Volunteer coaches Colleen Jordan, Dustin Holland, Bryn McKinnon and Steve McKinnon said they are continually amazed by this team of young players. Staying positive and believing in themselves really does make a difference on the ice.
— Submitted by Caroline Hodgson