Jared McDonald gets ready to release a shot as the Mission Atom C2 squad battled the West Kelowna Warriors for the final of the 2018 Jim Veitch Memorial tournament. Kelowna won the final 5-3. / Bob Friesen Photos

Silver medal for host Mission squad

Local Atom team reaches finals of Jim Veitch Memorial Tournament

The Mission C2 squad excelled at the Jim Veitch Atom C Memorial tournament over the weekend.

The event drew 16 teams from all over the province, with games running from Saturday to Monday at the Mission Leisure Centre.

The C2’s dominated in round robin play, and were the only team in the tournament to win every game in the opening stage of competition. They beat Abbotsford 5-2, Cloverdale 6-4 and Kamloops 5-1 to sport the perfect record heading into the playoffs and finish first in their pool.

The playoff round saw the C2’s defeat Ridge Meadows 7-2 and Langley 3-2 to advance to the gold medal game on Monday against West Kelowna.

The final game saw Mission fall 5-3, with Coen McKimmon scoring a pair of goals and Jack Doyle also lighting the lamp.

The tournament’s bronze medal game saw Kamloops edge Abbotsford 5-4.

Also competing at the event was the Mission C1 team, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoff bracket. They opened with a 5-2 loss to Surrey, then downed Port Coquitlam 4-2 and lost 7-3 to the eventual champion West Kelowna team to finish third in their pool. They then fell 4-3 to Ridge Meadows in the playoffs.

The next big event for the Mission Minor Hockey Association is the Todd Davies Springbreak Showdown. It features initiation and novice players, and runs from March 16 to 19.

For more information on the MMHA, visit mmha.ca.


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