Chilliwack goaltender backstops B.C. Green to gold

Brayden Melnyk’s team took top spot in the eight team field at B.C. Hockey’s Male U-16 Cup.

Brayden Melnyk’s Team B.C. Green topped Team B.C. Blue in the finale of last weekend’s Male U-16 Cup in Salmon Arm.

One hundred and forty four of the top 2003-born skaters enjoyed four days (April 19-22) of combine testing, practicing and tournament action at the Shaw Centre, home of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The players were split into eight teams.

Melnyk, a goaltender, was assigned to Team B.C. Green, which went 3-1 on its way to the title.

Another Chilliwack skater, Mitchell Metcalfe, suited up on defence for Team B.C. Yellow, collecting one assist and four penalty minutes in four games as his crew went 2-2 and finished seventh overall. The next step for Metcalfe and Melnyk, hopefully, is an invite to B.C. Hockey’s 2018 Provincial Camp, which will be held July 28 to August 3 at Shawnigan Lake School in Shawnigan Lake, BC.

— Chilliwack’s Owen Hopcott is one of 160 players invited to B.C. Hockey’s Male U-15 Provincial Tournament, which takes place May 10-13 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

Just like the U-16 event, skaters are being divided into eight squads, with Hopcott assigned to Team B.C. Teal.

See bchockey.net for more info.

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