The Fernie Jr. Ghostriders Peewee Rep team were crowned provincial champions last week

Peewee team wins provincial championships

Fernie’s Jr. Ghostrider Peewee Rep team won provincials in Armstrong B.C. on Mar. 17.

Fernie’s Jr. Ghostrider Peewee Rep team won provincials in Armstrong B.C. on Mar. 17, defeating the North Okanagan Knights 1-0 for the championship title.

The Palmer family has a lot invested in the team, as Tyler Palmer is the team’s goalie, Mark Palmer is the team’s coach, and Shari Palmer manages the team. Overall, the team had an impressive season with a record of 36-17-5 and winning five of the eight tournaments they participated in.

This was back-to back-provincials for the young goalie.

“This was my second provincials. We made it last year but this year was harder. Last year we played down a tier, we played Tier 2 so it was a lot easier,” said Tyler. “There were some good games – we played good and some we played bad. The last game was really intense and hard. We played the home team, the North Okanagan Knights.”

Mark added, “I saw him take a big breath of relief when we won. We were under siege most of the game, we played a lot of it in our own zone and we were only up one nothing so to have your goalie put up a 57 shot shut-out for the second time that day is awesome.”

It was not an easy provincial win for the peewee team, whose players are between 11 and 12 years old.

“We came back from a hole that seemed like an inevitable loss. It was a seven-team tournament with a six game round robin so everyone played everyone. The way it was sizing up it looked like we were pretty much done and we had no chance of coming back. One of our assistant coaches, Bill Johnson, looked through the schedule and said there is a chance.”

Johnson found the movie-like conditions that needed to be met for the Jr. Ghostriders to go to the finals. Seven situations needed to go their way, most of them beyond the team’s control.

“He said that we needed seven things to happen in order for us to make it to the finals. Between our fourth and fifth game four of those things rattled off perfectly,” said Mark. “On the last day, we needed a team who hadn’t won a game in the provincials to beat one of the best teams there and they shut them out,” said Mark. “We needed another lucky win between two teams to go our way and it did. It was ridiculous.”

Even with the conditions met, there was still a three-way tie.

“It was crazy to see all those odds come together. Bill Johnson just kept saying ‘It is destiny.’ He used that word over and over, every time something would happen he would just say ‘destiny’,” said Mark

According to Shari, the entire team performed well.

“The game-winning goal was scored by Dom Derban with an assist from Bennett Arling. It was the only goal in the championship game. Our Captain Liam Samycia had an impressive point count of five goals and five assists at the Provincial Championship Tournament.”

Tyler won the final with his second shut out and was greeted by his team charging toward him in exhilaration.

“It was exciting, we were all celebrating and really happy. I almost went to the ground when the team came at me after we won,” said Tyler. “It wasn’t terrifying when they came at me, but I was kind of worried about being tackled backwards and hitting the ice but it was so much fun. I am looking forward to playing next year.”

 

Just Posted

Fernie and RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Peanut Butter Campaign supports local food banks

Both Save On Foods in Fernie and Overwaitea in Sparwood participated in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Global accessibility advocate brings efforts home

Fernie has third world accessibility problems, says Cotton

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

Most Read