Photo by Don Fennell
Home ice has its advantages.
As hosts of the 2018 Cyclone Taylor Cup, the Richmond Sockeyes were given a second chance. They made the most of it.
Turning the table on the Delta Ice Hawks, the team that eliminated them from the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs just over a month ago, the Sockeyes posted back to back wins over their league rivals in less than 24 hours. First, just to reach the final, they came up with a gut check 5-3 win over the Ice Hawks Saturday night. Then on Sunday afternoon, with 800 fans squeezed into venerable Minoru Arena, they again defied the odds. Down 1-0 midway through the first period, the Sockeyes turned to their captain FOR guidance. And as he did consistently throughout the season, Tyler Andrews delivered.
In his final junior game, Andrews scored twice and set up another to lead the Sockeyes to an emphatic 5-1 win. He was the obvious choice as winner of the tournament MVP award.
Kootenay league champions Kimberley Dynamiters defeated Vancouver islandchampions Campbell River Storm in the bronze medal game.