The area’s male rep hockey teams are done for the season, which Oceanside Minor Hockey Rep coordinator John Busch says had many positives.
OMHA iced four rep teams this season (five if you count the Atom development team); totaling around 85 players, including a few girls, spread over Peewee A and Peewee B teams, a Bantam team, and a Midget team.
According to Busch, the Peewee A team made it to the Tier 2 North Island semifinals but lost to Peninsula 5-3 down Island Feb. 17.
The Tier 4 Peewee B team was bumped out last week in its three-game playoff round robin that wrapped up Feb. 16.
Oceanside’s Tier 2 Bantam Reps dropped their first two playoff games to end their season last week, and the Midget Rep Generals forfeited their playoff game against Powell River due to injuries “and safety concerns.”
Win lose or draw though, along the way, “the kids had fun, for sure,” said Busch. “Overall we (as an association) had a fairly good season — we didn’t get to implement a lot of the things we wanted to, but next year there’s some good ideas to get a jump start on the season.”
“We’re also going to put more emphases on the character of the players, on sportsmanship and leadership qualities, as well as skills,” he said.
Oceanside’s Atom development team (9-10 year-olds) opens its playoffs this week.