The Burnaby Bulldogs’ run at the prestigious Richmond International Bantam-Midget hockey tournament last week came one-game shy of the final, after the midget A1 squad posted a 4-2 record in the top tier.
In the semifinal against Seattle’s Sno-Kings, the Bulldogs fell 5-1, with the lone offence coming from Gagandeep Manhas. The u17 Sno-Kings would eventually cruise to victory in the final, beating Portland 7-0.
Burnaby had advanced to the Final Four with a dramatic 5-4 overtime win over the host Jets, where they struck first in the extra session after Richmond rallied to force a fourth period. Aaron Mak’s marker proved to be the difference. Jayson Beauregard netted a pair and Marcus Klarich counted a goal and three assists. Also scoring was Andreas Condilenios, while netminder Cedric Hastings picked up the win.
The midget squad went 3-1 in pool play, blanking Mission 5-0, thanks to a three-point performance from Stefan Deretic and single tallies by Daniel Dallapace, Terence Learmouth, Luka Zilic and Mak.
Burnaby erased a 2-1 deficit to upend Nanaimo 7-3, with Beauregard leading the way with two goals and two assists. Also scoring twice was Condilenios, with singles by Nickolas Riccardi, Mak and Zilic.
In their lone loss, a 6-3 decision to Anchorage, the Bulldogs received offence from Nickolas Rota, Condilenois and Manhas.
They opened the tourney with a 3-2 triumph over Saanich, after surrendering the game’s first goal just 21 seconds in. Beauregard, Condilenois and Zilic supplied the goals.
In the midget tier 3 division, Burnaby A2 Bulldogs went 1-3, with a 6-2 storming of Nanaimo the highlight.
Benjamin Ruibin Deng and Uros Kos racked up two goals each to pace the Bulldogs. Jayman Jutla and Owen Silvester completed the scoring.
They opened the tournament falling 8-3 to eventual champion New Westminster, briefly holding a 2-1 lead before the wheels fell off. Tallying in the loss were Michael Fazio, with a pair, and Michael Toor.
Burnaby would score first but fall 5-2 to Surrey in their second game. Kos and Lucas Markovic supplied the goals. They would lose their other two games – 3-0 to Peninsula and 2-0 to New West – by shutout.
On the bantam tier 3 side of the tourney, Burnaby posted a 3-2 record, including three straight wins to start the event.
In the opener, the Bulldogs erased a 5-3 deficit with three unanswered goals in the third to collect the win, with Lucas Caporale capping his hat trick with a pair, and Nicholas Scaglione, off a setup from Caporale, supplying the momentum-changing markers. Jake Pizzolon also tallied.
They’d follow that with a 4-1 decision over the Sno Kings, with Matthew Ng, Rahil Velji and Joshua Ward scoring. The win streak would run to three on a 4-3 victory over South Delta. Colby Longeau netted a pair, including the game winner, while Caporale and Pizzolon adding singles.
In their first setback, a 4-3 loss to Saanich, Shaun Preston, Caporale and Ng offered the offence. They’d close the tourney with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Cloverdale.