Minor Hockey Report: Midgets move on to second round of playoffs
The Merritt Tracker Sportswear midget reps have qualified for the second round of the Okanagan-Mainline playoffs, thanks to a two-game sweep of their best-of-three series against Summerland on the weekend.
The Jr. Cents got a pair of two-goal performances from Talon Tom in their 8-4 and 5-1 triumphs on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Other weekend scorers for the Tracker team were Riley Barnes (2), Malik Miller, Grady Musgrave, Kody Milanese, Trevor Lindley and Nolan Prowal.
Kristian Stead was solid in picking up both victories in net.
The next playoff opponent for the Merritt midget squad is first-place Kelowna. The second round series begins on Sunday in the Okanagan.
Peewee and bantam reps bow out
Both the Merritt Ramada peewees and the Murray GM bantams went down to defeat in their first-round playoff matchups on the weekend.
It took a third and deciding game on Tuesday night in Kamloops to determine the peewee outcome.
Unfortunately, the local peewee team simply ran out of gas in game three, losing to the Jr. Blazers 5-0.
The Ramada team forced a third game in the best-of-three series with a thrilling 3-2 win on home ice Sunday. Anthony Tulliani scored the winner with only 18 seconds remaining in regulation time to give Merritt the win. Keenan Wudrich and Kaelen Lester also scored for the Jr. Cents.
Saturday, Merritt lost the opening game of the series, 4-1, in Kamloops. Liam Kelly was the lone Ramada marksman.
Merritt’s Murray GM bantams fell two games straight in their best-of-three playoff series against Kamloops. Game scores and scoring details were not made available.
Senior girls lose out to Kamloops
Merritt’s senior girls team was simply no match for a much older and more experienced Kamloops squad as they lost their best-of-three playoff series in two games on the weekend by scores of 9-0 and 8-0.
Despite the losses, the first-year senior girls team can be very proud of its many accomplishments this season.
Here is the schedule of Merritt minor hockey games this weekend, all at the Shulus Arena:
11:45-1:15 Atom Dev. vs. Kelowna
1:30-3:15 Bantam House vs. Ashcroft
3:30 - 5:00 Peewee House vs. Logan Lake
1:30 - 3:00 Jr. Girls vs. Chase
3:15-4:45 Atom House vs Clearwater