Flyers win big in Lumby

On Jan. 6 and 7, the PeeWee Flyers proved that they still had the golden touch even after a Christmas vacation of no practice. The team traveled to Lumby for a tournament that put them face to face with some fierce competition. Bright and early Saturday, the team stepped on the ice to take on Kelowna. Princeton started the scoring, a mere 30 seconds into the first period, setting the pace the rest of the game. Kelowna came back to tie the score 1-1 only to have Princeton retaliate with another goal before end of the first period. Going into the second period, Princeton was determined to win and with teamwork and determination they ended the second period 4-1. There was no stopping them from there and Princeton went on to demonstrate they knew the game of hockey with a final score of 8-2.

Mid-day saw the Flyers take on the home team, the Lumby Stars. With six goals scored for Princeton in the first period, the Flyers were well on their way to victory. Lumby came back with some serious defense in the second period and held Princeton to one goal with Lumby taking one for themselves. The third period proved that Lumby was not going to back down but it wasn’t enough to hold back the Flyers. The final score being 9-3, the Flyers walked away with another win and an appetite for more.

The final game for the day put Princeton up against the Penticton Chili Peppers. With the support of his team behind him, Jessie Murray proved he was the player of the game. With a shut-out, Murray had the respect of all who watched the game. The score ending in 9-0 the Flyers were going into the finals with the first place trophy well within their reach.

Sunday morning the Flyers stepped on the ice ready for their competition. Westside was the team to beat to ensure their victory and there was no holding Princeton back. Helping Murray on defense were Jordan Palumbo, Austin Thibert, Rhett Ortwein, Joshua Coyne and Nathan Garton. And with goals against at two points, these defenders proved they would not be beat. Emily Allison, Franco Pontaletta and Zack Thompson demonstrated determination aginst the toughest competitors. Justin Gill, Eric Hardin and Devon White showed their speed could beat even the fastest contender. Brady Johnson, Clayton O’Bee and Bradley Palumbo confirmed that every team has workhorses.

Colby Williams, Drayden Larsen and Kraig Leochko shone on the ice with their precise passing and accurate goal scoring to make this weekend victory our Flyers won’t soon forget. The final score was 9-2 for the Princeton Flyers, ending their weekend as an undefeated team.

Not only did the Flyers receive the trophy for first place team but they made their coaches, Jim Coyne and Dave Palumbo, proud by winning the trophy for most sportsmanlike team. This accomplishment proves they are a disciplined team any coach would be proud to train.

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