Whether it be blowouts or upsets, the North Island Silvertips are winning hockey games these days.
Nanaimo’s B.C. Major Midget League team (11-11-2) won two more contests this past weekend to extend its win streak to four straight.
What’s more, the ’Tips swept a Greater Vancouver Canadians team that had been 12-6-4 before coming to the Nanaimo Ice Centre Saturday and Sunday. North Island won 4-3, then 4-1.
Silvertips coach Dan Lemmon said his team played a full 120 minutes on the weekend.
“We’re making good reads off the walls, we’re making good chips out of our zone and we’re outworking the opponents right now,” he said. “We’re not going to be a team that’s going to go end to end, toe-dragging guys but we’re a team that’s going to put a puck in deep and be first on that puck. And if we’re not first on the puck we’ll be physical.”
David Osborne, who scored two goals Sunday, called the victory a team effort.
“There was not a kid who had an off game,” he said. “Everybody was going, everybody was chipping pucks in, getting there first and we were finding the back of the net.”
Chase Lang and Quentin McShane also tallied Sunday and Michael Herringer earned the ‘W’ between the pipes.
In Saturday’s game Jordan Levesque led North Island with two goals and Ryan Coghlan and Corey Renwick had the others. Riley Medves was the winning goalie.
The previous weekend the Silvertips swept the Kootenay Ice by scores of 7-4 and 7-1. Playing the Canadians, the degree of difficulty was higher, and the ‘Tips responded.
“Playing a team like Kootenay you can do the little dangles here and there, but against a team like the Canadians, it’s just the simple plays that will get the puck in the net,” said Osborne.
GAME ON … The ’Tips will participate in the Richmond International Midget Hockey Tournament over the Christmas holidays.