Ice give Hawks cold reception, steal three of four points
By The Nelson Daily Sports
A goal by Castlegar’s Darren Medeiros with eight minutes remaining in the game snapped a 3-3 tie to power the Kootenay Ice to a 4-3 victory over the playoff bound Valley West Hawks in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action Saturday night in Castlegar.
The Ice took three of four points against the Hawks as the teams played to a 3-3 tie Sunday.
Derek Gerogopoulos of Cranbrook and Trail’s Jacob Boyczuk scored during the first period of Saturday’s game to give Kootenay a 2-0 lead.
Nelson’s Dryden Hunt assists on both goals.
Valley West scored three consecutive goals before Jake Lucchini of Trail tied the game in the third.
Sunday, Gerogopoulos scored with less than five minutes remaining to lift Kootenay into the tie.
Ben Betker of Cranbrook finished the game with two assists. Carsen Willans of Nelson and Lucchini also scored for Kootenay, which trailed 2-1 after one period.
The Ice travels to the Lower Mainland Saturday for a two-game series against Greater Vancouver Canadians.
The six teams — Vancouver North West Giants, Valley West Hawks, Cariboo Cougars, Greater Vancouver Canadians, South Island Thunderbirds and Vancouver North East Chiefs — have now qualified for the playoffs.
Quarterfinal matchups will be determined at the conclusion of the season this weekend.