Drillers goalie Nick Garcia makes a stop on a Kitimat player during the second period of the finals at the Smithers Civic Centre on Sunday.

Driftwood Drillers win silver in hockey tourney

The Driftwood Drillers picked up silver in the atom tournament after a 6-1 loss in the finals to Kitimat at home over the weekend.

The Driftwood Drillers picked up silver in the atom tournament after a 6-1 loss in the finals to Kitimat at home over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Drillers took down Hazelton in a blowout 21-1 victory and later tied Vanderoof 4-4.

During Sunday’s final, the Drillers fell behind early, heading into the third with a five-goal deficit.

Halfway through the final period, Drillers’ Cam Stevens whistled one by the Kitimat netminder to score the team’s lone goal.

“I think we just ran out of steam. It’s a long tournament and winning in these tournaments is hard,” said coach Shawn Reed. “They played their positions, got a lot of goals and they had a lot of fun.”

But a second place finish is still impressive.

“We came from playing last place consolation in the last tournament to playing in the finals, so we came a long way,” said Reed.

Overall, 108 players from Hazelton, Terrace, Houston, Vanderhoof and Prince Rupert showed up for the tournament.

“It went very well,” said Jennifer Conlon, tournament organizer. “The Drillers played very hard and came out to play the finals and got second.”

Prince Rupert won bronze, while Smithers’ other team, Protech came in sixth place.