The Port Moody atom A2 Panthers pounced at the right time and emerged with an 8-2 victory over the North Shore Winter Club to collect the gold medal at the Vancouver Thunderbirds Remembrance Day hockey tournament last week.
Tyler Curtis led the charge with four goals, finishing the four-game tourney with 10.
Isaac Phillips tallied twice and set up another, while single markers were scored by David Andrecan and Christopher Massullo. Netminder Callum Tung turned aside 24 shots.
Chipping in with three assists was Khayal Karim, while Anthony Fesenko and Tyler Kim registered two apiece.
They launched the tourney with a 4-2 decision over Vancouver, and a 5-3 win over North Shore.
The club's lone setback in the seeding round was 3-1 at the hands of second-seed Cloverdale.
In their semifinal rematch later in the day, the Panthers got three goals from Curtis in a 4-2 victory. Goalie Alec Pettingale made 27 stops.
Also contributing during the tournament were Danelle Anderson, Cohen Froates, Brodie Grisewood, Ryan Hamed, Caitlin Miller, Marcus Sohun and Markus Young.
PANTHERS PLACE THIRD AT VICTORIA MIDGET TOURNEY
Sparked by a well-rounded team performance, the Port Moody midget A1 Panthers rebounded from a hard-fought semifinal loss to capture the bronze at the Greater Victoria Midget Classic on the weekend.
Port Moody regained their footing to beat Cowichan Valley 3-2 to finish third overall.
Their lone setback came in the semifinal match where undefeated and eventual champion Cloverdale eked out a 4-3 win. Scoring two times for the Panthers in the loss was 14-year-old Ziyan Karim.
The Panthers kicked off the tourney with a 1-0 triumph over Westshore in the opener, edged Saanich 3-2 and blasted Campbell River 6-1.
Karim wrapped up the five-game tournament with seven goals playing against 15-to-17-year olds.
Contributing four goals and an assist over the series was Nicholas Franco, while Matt Davis collected a goal and three helpers. Jordan Hum accounted for two goals during the tourney, while Danny Hanninghan and Alex Rasovic added singles.
Leading the club with four assists over five games was Nikita Kozak, while Peter Cuda chipped in three.
Also contributing in the Panthers' run were Devon Chohan, Jacob Crawford, Nicholas Delveaux, Nik Dudley, Ryan Jung, Jonathan McPherson, Nik Ricker, Jacob Riedl, Matthew Sippola and Johnny Sirsiris.