Williams Lake Blue narrowly edged Williams Lake Green 7-6 in a thriller Sunday morning at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex to finish fifth in the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association Midget House Tournament.
With the win, Blue was the top-finishing lakecity team in the tournament.
Blue head coach Jonathan Jackson said the deciding factor came between the pipes in the contest when one of his players who had never played in goal before took on the challenge.
“Trevor Chaffee had never been a goalie before,” Jackson said. “Our goalie got sick and Trevor stepped up to be our goalie, basically the week before the tournament. He stopped some of their best players, even on breakaways. We were not expecting that at all. It was pretty cool.”
Green head coach Jason Drodge echoed Jackson’s sentiments and congratulated Chaffee on an exceptional game.
“As always, it was great fun (at the tournament),” Drodge said.
In the championship, Mackenzie defeated Hope in overtime to win the tournament.
Kamloops, meanwhile, defeated Chilliwack to finish third.
Coming up this weekend at the CMRC is the Williams Lake Timberwolves’ Midget rep tournament.
They open their tournament Friday, Dec. 2, against West Kelowna with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop. They then face off against Kamloops on Saturday at 10 a.m., before closing out the round robin with a tilt against Salmon Arm at 4:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.