Jacob Colley of Oceanside Team 1, left, tries to settle the puck in front of Juan de Fuca defender Max Battle moments before scoring a go-ahead goal in the teams’ meeting in the Oceanside Bantam Winter Classic Hockey Tournament at Oceanside Place Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Oceanside Minor Hockey benefits from Classic

Club draws 14 teams to bantam tourney in Parksville

None of its three teams reached the championship game, but Oceanside Minor Hockey still came up a winner during its annual Bantam Winter Classic Hockey Tournament at Oceanside Place Jan. 5-7.

The tourney drew 14 teams from across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, providing each of the OMHA entries a chance to play four games in a tournament setting before a home crowd.

It also served as a fundraiser for the club, with a substantial raffle prize table featuring donations from businesses and individuals, 50/50 draws and more.

“We got lots of great local support and donations,” said Stephanie Cain, co-tournament co-ordinator along with Farrah Lewis.

Oceanside Team 1 opened the tourney with a win over Saanich, and very nearly earned a second win in its round-robin finale against Juan de Fuca. A goal by Jacob Colley with 8:05 remaining in the third period snapped a 4-4 tie, and Oceanside teammate Will Fox followed with a power-play goal a minute and a half later to stake the hosts to a 6-4 lead. But Juan de Fuca rallied to close the game with three straight goals — the game-winner coming with 32.5 seconds remaining — to claim a 7-6 victory.

— NEWS Staff

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