Bronze for bantam A2 Eagles, midget Bruins at provincials

Langley, Aldergrove minor hockey teams both come third at respective provincial championships

In addition to the Langley midget A1 Eagles,  there were four other Langley Minor Hockey Association squads competing at their respective provincial championships, as well as one from the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association.

And two of those teams — the Langley bantam tier 2 Eagles and Aldergrove’s midget tier 2 squad — both returned home with the bronze medals.

The Langley Eagles were in Kelowna and they defeated Greater Trail 5-1 in the third-place game.

The Eagles had lost their semifinal game 4-3 in overtime against Juan de Fuca, which went on to win gold.

In Langley’s round-robin games, they defeated Kelowna 8-3, hammered Cranbrook 11-0, lost to Greater Trail 3-1 and beat Williams Lake 5-2.

And the Aldergrove Bruins were playing in West Kelowna, where they finished 4-1 with their lone loss coming in the semifinals, 8-6 to Vancouver.

They responded from that loss with a 9-6 win over the host West Kelowna squad in the bronze medal game.

Aldergrove’s other games were: 11-3 over Cranbrook, 5-3 over Penticton and 9-0 over Powell River. Penticton would capture the gold medal over Vancouver.

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Langley went 2-1-1 at the midget tier 3 tournament held in Port Alberni.

The Eagles had a great start, blanking Merritt 8-0 but lost game two, 7-2 to the host Port Alberni team. Alberni would go on to win the title as well.

Langley found the win column their next time out, winning a high-scoring affair, 8-6 over Dawson Creek.

The Eagles closed the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Smithers.

Langley was 2-2-1 at the bantam tier 4 tournament in Houston, with the losses coming against the two teams who would square off in the championship game.

The championships began with a loss for the Eagles, 5-2 to Elk Valley, but later that day, Langley responded with a 6-2 win over the host Houston squad.

The Eagles then edged Juan de Fuca 6-5 and tied Kelowna 3-3.

They closed the tournament with a 5-1 loss to Vanderhoof, the eventual provincial champions.

Langley’s bantam tier 3 team was competing in Dawson Creek, where they went 2-2. The Eagles lost 7-2 to Smithers, beat Whitehorse 2-0, posted another shutout, 5-0 over Port Moody, and then finished with a 7-2 loss to Dawson Creek.