Persistence paid off for the Langley peewee C1 Eagles at the North Vancouver Hockey Tournament Dec. 28-30.
The Eagles won the gold cup at the tournament, but had to work their tail feathers off to do so.
The Eagles won a hard fought battle against North Vancouver in the semifinal game, winning in a shootout after being tied following the regulation and overtime periods.
In the gold cup final, the Eagles went into the third period with a lead, but their opponents from Port Coquitlam fought back to tie the game.
Langley went on to win the final 6-4, with captain Min Kim leading the team to victory with five of Langley's six goals.
"All players on the team elevated their play during the tournament and the win was the result of a full team effort," reported James Petrovich, one of the team's coaches.
During the round robin, the Eagles cruised to three consecutive wins.
Goalie Kevin Craig posted two shutouts in those games and also tied for first among all goalies involved in the shootout skills competition.
His teammate Levi Murdoch won the shootout
competition among the skaters.
The Langley Peewee C1 Eagles are Zack Bender, Kevin Craig, Scott Farynuk, Gage Fillier, Matt Garbutt, Max Gingras, Min Kim, Colton McDonald, Kevin Maddox, Levi Murdoch, Jonathan Petrovich, Sebastian Schigas, and Jacob Winterburn, with coaches Ross Murdoch and James Petrovich.
Absent were player Luke St. Thomas and coach Mike Farynuk.