PHOTO GALLERY: Midget T-Wolves take gold in home tournament

The Midget Timberwolves couldn’t have written a more suspense-filled ending than the one they provided for friends and family Sunday morning on their way to a gold medal victory.

The scene was the Midget T-Wolves Tier II home tournament. The setting, the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

After three games beginning Friday night, the team was in a battle for first place against the Prince George Cougars Sunday morning.

Both were evenly matched teams, trading goals back and forth throughout the match to end the third period in a 3-3 tie.

A late third period penalty, however, saw tensions rise as the T-Wolves headed into the five-minute, four on four overtime period on a penalty kill.

After several close calls, and some stellar goaltending by Ryan Balbirnie who kept the team in the game, the two remained locked in a tie, forcing the game to a shootout to determine the tournament victor.

The crowd held their breath each time a player took a run on the net, followed by a collective sigh when Balbirnie shut down his challengers until finally, in the sixth round, first year midget Jace Myers became a team hero, beating the Prince George goalie to put it in the net. Cheers from fans drowned the arena as the team spilled off the bench.

“A shootout is great when you win, but it’s a terrible way to lose,” head coach Owen Thomas said after the win, in which Balbirnie was named player of the game.

Thomas said the team “did well” throughout the tournament, securing a spot in the finals after a tie against Fort St. John, then a 4-1 win over Smithers followed by a 3-2 victory over Kitimat, despite tough starts in all the games.

“That’s been our Achilles’s heel this weekend – our slow starts.”

Thomas said the T-Wolves are a strong team this year with provincial championships in their sights.

“That’s the boys’ goal, to qualify for provincials and then win it.”

Assistant coach Frankie Robbins, who took a moment to pace behind the player’s bench to escape the pressure during the shootout, said he was very proud of the boys’win.

“It’s awesome — all of the hard work we put in, and then to win gold. It lets us all know that we are doing something right and we’re all a team,” Robbins said.

The team will enjoy a break from games until after the New Year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RANCH MUSINGS: What are we doing now?

We have gone from spring to fall omitting summer, it seems

BC Coroners Service, RCMP investigating sudden death in Williams Lake

A body was found Friday, Aug. 14 in tall grass above the Stampede Grounds

Cougar sighted on Fox Mountain near mountain bike trail

Mountain biker said cougar stared at him and his dog for about a moment

Body of missing boater recovered by CCSAR at Quesnel Lake

Williams Lake RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating

Williams Lake CAO departing for a job in Fort St. John

Milo MacDonald’s last day with the City is Sept. 4, 2020

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Two people dead after Highway 1 collision west of Kamloops

Two-vehicle accident closed Trans-Canada Highway for more than five hours

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read