The Burnaby Winter Club won the EHF Presidents Day hockey tournament in Marlborough, Massachusetts on Monday.
The atom A1 Bruins won the squirt major division following a 2-1 victory over the home-state South Shore Kings select team in the championship final.
John Evans and Christian Fitzgerald both scored goals to give the winter club a 2-0 lead after two periods of play. Eric Clark had his shutout spoiled late in the third period.
"Our defensive play was fantastic. We've worked a ton on it," said Burnaby Winter Club head coach Randy Downes.
The winter club was forced to come back from 2-0 deficits on two separate occasions at the tournament.
Burnaby came back to beat the Westchester Express 3-2 in the event opener and then rallied in the third period for a 3-2 triple-overtime win over MidFairfield in the playoff round.
In the championship round game, Kalen Szeto tied the score with just 38 seconds left in the game. Justin Sourdiff counted the OT winner over the No. 3-ranked club in the U.S to help the atom Bruins advance to the tournament final.
Earlier in the competition, BWC shut out their South Shore hosts 4-0 in what Downes described as "easily the team's best game of the year."
"They could have could have wilted at any time in that tournament, but they refused to," Downes said. "That's why we went there. We knew that all the teams were going to be good."
Prior to the tournament, the atom A1 team wrapped up the Pacific Coast amateur regular season with a perfect 20-0-0 record, including all 20 sportsmanship points.
In league play, the atom Bruins outscored their combined opposition 186-22, with only two teams - Seafair and the North Shore Winter Club - scoring more than one goal against them in a single game.
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