The Terrace U18 Tier 3 Kermodes are provincial champions after storming their way into the finals and defeating Mission 5-4 in Port Hardy on March 22.
During the provincial tournament, Terrace beat the North Island Eagles 7-3, then lost to the Nelson Leafs 5-2 on March 19 and March 20. The Kermodes hit a groove on Monday, March 21, beating the Quesnel Thunder 9-1 and Sunshine Coast Blues 10-1.
Then on Tuesday, Terrace dominated Powell River Kings 11-1 in the semifinals, setting up a gold medal match with Mission, who beat Powell River 3-2 in the other semifinal.
Terrace and Mission found the net three times each in the first period, with Benjamin Franco, Logan Kluss and Cole Larmour scoring for the Kermodes. The teams entered the final period still tied at three.
Zachary Gull scored right at the start of the period, but Mission was able to draw level again less than a minute later. Then, with 13 minutes left Jackson Mulder scored the eventual game winning goal on the powerplay.
The Kermodes had the best goal differential by far in the tournament, scoring 44 goals (7.3 goals per game) while only allowing 15 in six games.
In Trail, the Terrace U13 Tier 3 team also competed in provincial action. The U13 Kermodes had a strong showing in its first provincial championship tournament, finishing with two wins, two ties and one loss.
Terrace tied the Quesnel Thunder 5-5, lost to the Sunshine Coast Blues 8-1, beat Fort St. John 8-3 and tied Greater Trail 7-7 in a thrilling game.
Foster Armstrong led the team with nine goals and three assists in five games.