The U15 Mustangs B team travelled to Enderby BC to play in the North Okanagan U15 Recreation Tournament from Nov. 26-28th. In the first game, the Mustangs were up 3-1 in the second period, but the home town North Okanagan Knights evened the score at 3-3 in the third. With less than 2 minutes to play, defenceman Zephyr Bingham stepped into the slot and potted the game winner with a nice top corner wrist shot.
The second game against Kelowna again saw the Mustangs leading 3-1 after two periods, but this time the team was able to keep scoring and take the win 5-3. This was the game where the team really came together as a unit. They
stayed out of penalty trouble and the found the open ice to make beautiful passes to each other. The defence, led by Drake Cooper and team captain Maddix Larocque, were taking big shots from the point and the forwards were jumping on the rebounds to capitalize on scoring chances.
Their third game was against a less experienced team from Williams Lake and the Mustangs won that game by a large margin.
The Mustangs were undefeated in their three pool play games and were seeded second going into the playoff round.
In the semifinal game, the Mustangs played the team from Salmon Arm that was seeded third. The Mustangs won 5-3 with Cache Greffard, Sam Watson, Drake Cooper, and Quintin Loots contributing on the offensive side to make it to the gold medal game.
The tournament hosts, the North Okanagan Knights, seeded fourth, won their semifinal game against the number one seeded Vernon team in overtime. This set up a rematch of the first game of the weekend: Mustangs vs Knights.
Whitehorse opened the scoring in the final game and again took the lead 2-1, but after that the home town Knights steadily pulled away to a final score of 6-2.
The Mustangs ended up with three players in the top ten for scoring and the top goaltender of the tournament. Owen Hogan finished 2nd in scoring (7 goals, 1 assist), Riley Bulmer was 6th (3 goals, 4 assists), and Sam Watson was 8th (6 goals, 1 assist).
Ray Stalder was the top goalie for the weekend with 4 wins, 1 loss, and a 2.88 goals against average (GAA). See the stats here: https://omahahockey.ca/schedules/3443
–Submitted by Tim Hogan