PORT McNEILL—It was a small tournament with big entertainment value.
The annual Port McNeill Minor Hockey Association novice tournament drew just five teams to Chilton Regional Arena last weekend. But the clubs from Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Port Alice and Campbell River put on a show for fans while generating much-needed assistance to the association through popular raffle table prizes, 50/50 draws and a puck toss.
Players were also treated to the classic family hockey movie, The Mighty Ducks, Saturday night at Gate House Community Theatre.
The novice-level tourney did not include a playoff round; each team played the other four in a round-robin formate. But the Port McNeill Snipers, one of two teams fielded by the local club, ran the table with four impressive wins to take home unofficial top honours.
Port Alice skater Tyler Roper had a notable tourney, scoring 27 goals in three games. He scored all nine of his team’s goals in a 13-9 loss to the Port McNeill Legends and a 16-9 loss to Campbell River, and added another nine goals in a 10-5 win over Port Hardy. In his team’s other game he played goalie.
2012 Port McNeill Novice Hockey Tournament
At Chilton Regional Arena
Port McNeill Legends 5, Campbell River Bears 2
Port McNeill goals: Skyler Evans 2, Daunte McKinney 2, Evan Manke.
Port McNeill Snipers 12, Port Alice 0
Sniper goals: Tristan Mardell 3, Cole Klughart 3, Xaydan Peterson 2, Mark Isaac, Kai Verbrugge, Dominic Gaudreault, Matthew Datos.
Port Hardy 4, PM Legends 4
Port Hardy goals: Griffin Handley 3, Tye Morash. Legends goals: William Grant 2, Owen Johnson, Daunte McKinney.
PM Snipers 7, PM Legends 2
Snipers goals: Klughart 3, Verbrugge 3, Mardell. Legends goals: Manke 2.
CR Bears 6, Port Hardy 1
Port Hardy goal: David Klatt.
PM Legends 13, Port Alice 9
Legends goals: Grant 5, McKinney 4, Manke 3, Mannie Browne. Port Alice goals: Tyler Roper 9.
PM Snipers 8, Port Hardy 0
Snipers goals: Klughart 3, Mardell 2, Verbrugge 2, Ethan Hunt.
Port Alice 10, Port Hardy 5
Port Alice goals: Roper 9, Lucca Stewart. Port Hardy goals: Klatt, Morash, Tyler Wadhams, Handley, Kale Hunt.
CR Bears 16, Port Alice 9
Port Alice goals: Roper 9.
PM Snipers 6, CR Bears 4
Snipers goals: Klughart 2, Datos, Verbrugge, Isaac, Mardell.