The Langley bantam Eagles won the gold medal at a 16-team tournament in Kelowna over the weekend.

The Langley bantam Eagles won the gold medal at a 16-team tournament in Kelowna over the weekend.

Eagles golden in Kelowna

Langley bantam hockey club takes top spot at 16-team tournament

The local Kelowna bantam hockey teams are surely glad to see the Langley Eagles have left town.

The bantam C3 hockey team was in Kelowna for a 16-team tournament from Dec. 11 to 13 with Langley going unbeaten (4-0-1) against five Kelowna squads in a span of less than 48 hours to claim the gold medal.

And the Eagles won in dramatic fashion, as tournament MVP Greg Song one-timed  a pass in the slot from Trevor Young to bury the game-winner with less than two minutes to play in a 3-2 victory over West Kelowna.

Joshua Laird also had a goal, converting a bullet cross-ice pass from Carson Yee.

“Placing first out of 16 teams is a true testament of this team’s desire to succeed,” said Langley coach Clark Kemp.

“A great tournament win by a hard-working group of young men.

“It was a great effort to go undefeated and win the championship game.”

In the round robin opener, Langley battled back from a 2-1 deficit to score four straight and beat the Kelowna Canucks 5-2. Goaltender Matthew Reeves earned game MVP honours — making several key stops early while Nick Cormack, the team’s heart and hustle award winner, dished out three assists.

Owen Kredba played a solid game on defence.

Game two required no rally as Langley beat the Kelowna Bruins 7-1.

Joseph Deley scored once and earned player of the game while Josh Moreau set up the game-winning goal. Defenceman Brady Lumsden shut down the strong Bruins defenders and earned the team’s heart and hustle award.

The final round robin game had the Eagles battle back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Kelowna Wild 2-2.

Lex Rohweder (game MVP) and Matthew Bardell-Polley (heart and hustle) had solid games.

After winning their pool, Langley doubled up the Kelowna Sharks 4-2 in the semifinals. Colton Kenney scored the game-winner on a set-up from Owen Kemp and Eric Nordal had a strong game, earning the team’s heart and hustle award.