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. — File photo

Oceanside Minor Hockey hosts annual bantam tournament

Club draws 12 teams to Oceanside Place Jan. 4-6

The Oceanside Minor Hockey Association hosts its annual bantam recreational Winter Classic tournament from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6.

Twelve teams are signed up for the tournament, coming from around the Island and as far as Mission, B.C.

“They are bantam level which is 13- and 14-year-olds,” said tournament organizer Marusha Whitehead. “[The tournament] brings a lot of business into our community, they fill up our hotels, they fill up our restaurants, etc.”

The tournament has been taking place in Parksville for decades and all games will be played at the Oceanside Place Arena.

Games begin on Friday, Jan. 4 and playoffs are slated for Sunday.

Oceanside Team 1 plays their first game on Friday at 9 a.m. against Gold River and Oceanside Team 2 play at 10:30 a.m. on Friday against Cowichan Valley. Oceanside 1 plays again at 4 p.m. against Port McNeil and Oceanside 2 play at 5:30 p.m. against Peninsula.

On Saturday, Oceanside 1 play at 8:45 a.m. against Victoria and Oceanside 2 play at 9 a.m. against Nanaimo 4.

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