The Kelowna Sabres took first place at the North Okanagan Knights Atom Development Tournament earlier this month, bouncing back from an opening loss to win the event.
In their first game after the Christmas break the Sabres showed signs of rust against the Winfield Bruins, losing 5-4. That snapped a seven game winning streak dating back to the beginning of December for the Sabres.
In their second game the Sabres bounced back with a solid 4-2 win against the North Vancouver Storm. Then in the afternoon they faced a familiar team in the Salmon Arm Silvertips.
Despite having dominated the season series against the Silvertips, Salmon Arm came to play, working hard and never giving up. The Sabres though were too much to handle as the Kelowna squad squeaked out a 5–4 win which gave them a 2-1 record in round robin play. That was enough for the Sabres to play a semi final game against the Kelowna Ice Hawks.
In the semi final, the Sabres led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 6-2 at the end of the second. But the Ice Hawks stormed back in the third period with three unanswered goals to get to within a goal at 6-5.
With their goalie pulled for an extra attacker the Ice Hawks threw everything they had at the Sabres who bent but didn’t break and hung on for a spirited 6-5 victory. This win set up a rematch with the Winfield Bruins in the tournament final.
And the Sabres used the momentum gained through the tournament to roll to a 9-2 win to claim the championship banner.
The Kelowna Sabres are: Michael Laundry, Cole Carolei, Luther Kayban, Travis Brown, Keith Markewich, Mason Glowacki, Jordan Lowry, Mitch Cook, Remy Aqulion, Justin Charleton, Will Canon, Mitchell Prowse, Ty Marchant, Kaden Meszaros, Sam Bishop, Brody Fulton, Rylan Brownlee, and Coaches Kevin Brownlee, Darren Prowse, and Rod Charleton.
The Sabres next big tournament will be the K-Town Classic at the end of February in Kelowna.