Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ Leland Seymour goes to his knees to block a short by Alberni’s Kaden LeBlanc in Atom C hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ Leland Seymour goes to his knees to block a short by Alberni’s Kaden LeBlanc in Atom C hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Powerful display on the ice by Atom C hockey teams

Knights win the battle of Nanaimo for top spot in Fuller Lake tournament

The power may have been off before Christmas around Chemainus, but the power plays were in full force on the ice afterwards during holiday tournaments at Fuller Lake Arena.

One of the first was the Finale In The Valley Atom C tournament that ran Dec. 29-30. Eight teams took part, including two from the Cowichan Valley – the Black Knights and the Knights.

The Black Knights finished fifth and the Knights sixth.

Two Nanaimo teams wound up playing for the championship, with the C4 Knights edging the C1 Ice Rangers 6-5 in a close battle.

Comox Valley C5 prevented a clean sweep of the top three for Nanaimo teams by winning the bronze medal game 3-2 over the Nanaimo C3 Hornets.

There were two divisions of four teams for the preliminary round followed by a cross-over playoff.

In addition, “every game there was a digger and MVP player that the coaches chose,” said Jennifer Chan, manager of the Cowichan Valley Black Knights.

Coaches made the selections for their own teams.

“Everybody was happy and the winning team went home with a big trophy as well,” added Chan.

 

The entire Cowichan Valley Black Knights unit on the ice surrounds Alberni puck-carrier Kaden LeBlanc. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The entire Cowichan Valley Black Knights unit on the ice surrounds Alberni puck-carrier Kaden LeBlanc. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ No. 8 Haley Squire helps his goalie Tristan Chan to cover up the puck during a high-scoring Atom C tournament affair at Fuller Lake Arena against Alberni. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ No. 8 Haley Squire helps his goalie Tristan Chan to cover up the puck during a high-scoring Atom C tournament affair at Fuller Lake Arena against Alberni. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great save is made by Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ Tristan Chan on Alberni’s high-scoring Kaden LeBlanc during Atom C Finale In the Valley hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great save is made by Cowichan Valley Black Knights’ Tristan Chan on Alberni’s high-scoring Kaden LeBlanc during Atom C Finale In the Valley hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Liam Orr goes to his knees to corral the puck for the Cowichan Valley Black Knights in Atom C hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena against Alberni. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Liam Orr goes to his knees to corral the puck for the Cowichan Valley Black Knights in Atom C hockey tournament at Fuller Lake Arena against Alberni. (Photo by Don Bodger)