Bantam Tier Four Provincial Hockey Championships Begin In Prince Rupert

The BC Bantam Tier Four Hockey Championship Tournament is underway at the Jim Ciccone Arena in Prince Rupert.

Mayor Lee Brain was on hand as the city welcomed four visiting teams as well as the local Prince Rupert Seawolves at yesterday's opening ceremonies.

During the opening ceremonies, players and coaches were introduced onto the ice emerging from the jaws of a shark, while members of the Tsimshian First Nation played two songs to welcome the teams, and Calgary Flames alumnus Colin Patterson was there for the ceremonial puck drop.

In opening day action, the host Seawolves, who are the defending provincial champs, defeated the Windermere Valley Rockies 11-2 and then upended the Fort St John Flyers 5-1.  Sandwiched in between those games was the Prince George Cougars' 3-1 victory over the Summerland Jets.

Action continues this morning at 9, with Summerland playing Windermere Valley;  the Seawolves' next game is at 4pm against Summerland. 

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Elsewhere around the province, the Terrace Bantam Reps outscored Alberni Valley 9-1 to begin the Tier Three Provincials at Port Hardy.

They play Quesnel this morning at 10:45.

And the Terrace Midget Reps beat Dawson Creek 7-2 in their first game at the provincial Tier Three's at Cranbrook.

They play Quesnel today at 3:30.

In Peewee hockey, the Prince Rupert Seawolves outscored Saanich 9-4 in their first game at the Tier Four's in Lillooet;  their next game is against Kimberley this morning at 8... they play again this afternoon at 4:15 against the host Lillooet team.

At the Tier Three's in Powell River, the Terrace Kermodes were edged 4-3 by the host team to open that tournament -- they play Kelowna this morning at 7.

[John Crawford, Brittany Webster]