Adrian Gordon-Valan of Alert Bay holds his ground in front of the Campbell River net despite pressure from the Wolves' Chris Beech (5) during the Port McNeill midget jamboree at Chilton Regional Arena Saturday.

Adrian Gordon-Valan of Alert Bay holds his ground in front of the Campbell River net despite pressure from the Wolves' Chris Beech (5) during the Port McNeill midget jamboree at Chilton Regional Arena Saturday.

House midgets host jamboree

The North Island’s midget house hockey team hosts jamboree.

PORT McNEILL—They did not get a clean sweep, but the North Island’s midget house hockey team made the most of a rare opportunity to get in a series of games at Chilton Regional Arena Jan. 18-19.

Technically, the midgets play under the auspices of Port McNeill Minor Hockey. But with Port Hardy unable to fill a squad this year due to low turnout, the handful of Port Hardy midgets — normally Port McNeill’s most regular opponent throughout the season — have been folded into a Whalers team that already includes players from Alert Bay and Port Alice.

On Jan. 18, this combined North Island team hosted Campbell River and Gold River and a three-team, round-robin jamboree and came away with a split. On Jan. 19, the midgets returned to Chilton Arena and topped the North Island Eagles rep bantams, 9-1, in an exhibition contest.

In Saturday’s jamboree opener, the midgets were unable to hold an early 2-0 lead as Campbell River rallied for a 7-3 win. After Campbell River topped Gold River in the second game, the host Whalers returned to the ice and rolled to an 11-5 victory over Gold River.