It has been exactly one week since the Mission City Outlaws picked up their first ever PJHL Championship with a 7-2 victory over the Grandview Steelers and now that I have had a chance to let it sink in and the stage is set for all the teams that will be participating in the Cyclone Taylor Cup next week, here is my take on the series that was and what to expect from the Provincial Tournament.
The season that the Outlaws had was one for the record books once again and they were the heavy favorites to win it all and for a small moment back in the first round, the Ridge Meadows Flames would give the biggest test of the post season for Mission City. Captain David McGowan said it best when asked about being 3-0 down in that series, he said there was not one guy in the dressing room after that game 3 loss that had their heads down and they still knew they could take that series.
In the second round vs. the Abbotsford Pilots, the Outlaws really came to life and captured their first playoff sweep knocking off the Pilots and catching their 2nd straight Harold Brittain Conference Champioship and punch their ticket to the PJHL Finals.
The Grandview Steelers would be the final hurdle for Mission City. The Outlaws would jump out to a 3-0 series lead but the Steelers, who had a great run this year, had something to say about another Outlaws sweep and were able to pick up a Game 4 victory to force a Game 5 back at the Mission Leisure Centre one week ago tonight.
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Mission City Outlaws Junior Hockey Club. GM Scott Kieler, Head Coach Brad Veitch, Associate Coaches Mike Droulliard and Dylan Kieler, the players, the volunteers and of course the fans for a successful season.
With the CTC Tournament beginning this Thursday, here is a list of the other teams that are participating in the event as well in Victoria:
Campbell River Storm – The Storm make their 2nd consecutive visit to the CTC after making it to the VIJHL finals for the second straight year against the host team, the Victoria Cougars. Campbell River won the CTC last season and went on to win the Keystone Cup as well.
This year the Storm fell to the Cougars in a hard fought and entertaining finals 4 games to 2.
100 Mile House Wranglers – In just their 3rd year of existence, the Wranglers organization has proven that consistency and putting key pieces together really does pay off in the end as they will make their first appearance at the CTC.
The Wranglers picked up their first KIJHL Championship as they picked up a 4 games to 1 victory over the defending champions, the Kimberley Dynamiters.
Victoria Cougars – This years host team for the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament did what they set out to do which was kick in the front door and they did just that. After being swept in last years VIJHL Finals to the Campbell River Storm the Cougars were not going to make things easy and they didn’t. All but 2 games were decided by a single goal.
The Cougars picked up their 4th Championship in their last 5 years with a 4 games to 2 victory over the Storm.
Here is a list of the schedule for the Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament:
Thursday April 7th – Mission City vs. Campbell River Storm – 4 PM
Thursday April 7th – 100 Mile House Wranglers vs. Victoria Cougars – 7:30 PM
Friday April 8th – Mission City Outlaws vs. 100 Mile House Wranglers – 4 PM
Friday April 8th – Campbell River Storm vs. Victoria Cougars – 7:30 PM
Saturday April 9th – Campbell River Storm vs. 100 Mile House Wranglers – 4 PM
Saturday April 9th – Mission City Outlaws vs. Victoria Cougars – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 10th – Bronze Medal Game – 10 AM
Sunday April 10th – Gold Medal Game – 2 PM
To follow along with the entire tournament please check back often right here on the blog as I will have in depth interviews and results to each game for the Mission City Outlaws.
Keeping the eye on the prize. ONE TEAM! ONE GOAL! ONE MISSION!
As for now you’re up to date. See you at the rink.