The Prince Rupert Raiders are champions of the Apex Mountain Shotgun Outdoor Hockey Tournament after their top showing in the Penticton tournament from Jan. 9-12. (Submitted photo)

Rupert Raiders prove themselves the Apex competitors

Team had to battle the elements, in addition to their opponenets, at Apex Outdoor Tournament

The elements were no problem for the Rupert Raiders last weekend as they fought their way to first place in the Apex Mountain Shootout Outdoor Hockey Tournament in Penticton.

The tournament started under frigid conditions, with a temperature of -14C for the Raiders first puck drop, a late night affair that started at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.

The group battled through however, earning a 4-4 tie against the Ravens team to start things off. Friday’s game was shortened to just two periods due to a snowstorm, forcing Rupert into an early shootout that they would end up dropping to Flying V, following a 4-4 deadlock in regulation.

READ MORE: Prince Rupert brings home bronze medal from Quesnel

Saturday’s match was a 4-2 win for the Raiders over the Misfits, setting up a shot for the tournament title in Sunday’s deciding match.

For the fourth time in four games the Raiders put up four goals, but having once again allowed four as well meant they were back off to the shootout.

This time however, the Raiders were on the right side of the decision to score the dramatic tournament victory. Katrina Samaras locked things down in net to deny the opposing shooters and secure the win.

Trinity Stegavig and Tristan Repole delivered clutch goals in the final en route to the Prince Rupert victory.

READ MORE: Rupert hockey team keep spectators on edge of their seats as they snatch silver in Terrace tourney

Alex Kurial | Sports Reporter
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Better COVID-19 testing results needed in the north

Former senior Northern Health official also wants work camps shut down

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Northern Health preparing ‘for a changing situation’ in response to COVID-19

The health authority is taking a number of measures to free up hospital capacity where possible

B.C. COVID-19 contact restrictions working, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

’Not out of the woods yet’ as next two weeks are critical

Northwest Regional Airport says ridership extremely low amid COVID-19

The airport has enacted enhanced sanitary measures and reduced flights

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

Most Read