Arizona wins top title at Richmond hockey classic
A team from the desert claimed one of the top prizes at the 32nd annual Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament.
Arizona Bobcats U16AAA edged Edmonton's United Cycle AAA 3-2 in the Midget Major Division final Monday at Minoru Arenas, the Bobcats' fifth win in seven tournament games.
Kelowna Rockets won the Tier 1 trophy with a well-earned 4-1 victory over a skilled Delta Hockey Academy Wild team which was made up entirely of 15 year olds. The Rockets were also the lone team at the tournament to go undefeated, winning all seven of their games during which they outscored their opponents 34-7.
Semiahmoo A2's dominated territorially but managed to score only a single goal in the Tier 2 final against the Anaheim Jr Ducks in a 1-0 victory. Anaheim was able to stay close thanks the often-spectacular play of goaltender Tyler Gealy.
Kitchener Junior Rangers took top honors in the Tier 2 Division with a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Jr Gulls U16AAA. The Gulls won the first matchup between the teams, 4-3, early in the tournament.