Team B.C. opened the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup with a 4-3 shootout victory over Alberta in Calgary on Thursday.
B.C., featuring defenceman Kevin Davis and forward Nick Chyzowski of Kamloops, is scheduled to take on Saskatchewan today and Manitoba on Saturday. The placement games are scheduled for Sunday.
B.C. trailed 3-0 heading into the third period last night, but Brad Morrison of Prince George made it 3-1, before Burnaby’s Matthew Barzal, who was selectedfirst overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2012 WHL bantam draft, scored back-to-back goals to force overtime. Barzal also was named Team B.C.’s captain.
Overtime solved nothing, and Jansen Harkins of North Vancouver scored the lone goal of the shootout.
Davis, an Everett Silvertips prospect, and Chyzowski, a Kamloops Blazers prospect, play for the major-midget Thompson Blazers.
In Thursday’s other game, Saskatchewan beat Manitoba, 6-3. Forward Jayden Halbgewachs of Saskatchewan, the Blazers’ first selection in the 2012 bantam draft, scored one Saskatchewan goal.
Alberta meets Manitoba in today’s other game.
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Sun Peaks is getting ready to hold the first of four Nordic skiing camps.
Sun Peaks’ first camp, scheduled for Dec. 8-9, already is sold out, but interested parties can join a waiting list by calling 250-578-5505 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenn Bond, an internationally recognized Nordic skier, is scheduled to play host to camps from Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 1-2. For more information on those camps, visit www.GlennBond.com.
The fourth camp — run by Sun Peaks — is scheduled for Jan. 19-20.
The new Sun Peaks Nordic Centre is scheduled to open Nov. 17, and will be open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. At the centre, skiers can buy Nordic trail tickets and visit the headquarters for the Nordic Host program.
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The Kamloops Rugby Club Raiders will hit the road this weekend.
The Raiders’ first- and second-division men are off to Burnaby for games against Seattle on Saturday. KRC’s firsts are 4-1, while its seconds are 0-5.
The Raiders women, who are 2-2, are off to North Vancouver to take on Capilano on Saturday.
The Raiders aren’t scheduled to play at home again until March.