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Locals take prestigious bantam tourney

Make it two in a row for the Penticton based Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep hockey team (OHA).

Fresh off a win at the KIBIHT tournament in Kamloops, the team won the John Reid Memorial AAA Bantam tournament in St. Albert, AB this past weekend. 

It was the tournament’s 36th year and it has become the largest and most competitive bantam tournament in Western Canada, drawing premium hockey clubs from Western Canada, the United States and Europe.

OHA swept through the tournament undefeated.

They took out  HC Kometa Brno (Czech Republic) 2-1 in their opening round robin game

OHA followed that up with a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Monarchs, the top bantam team in Manitoba before beating host St. Albert 3-0. 

In the playoff round, OHA got two goals and an assist from Michael Rasmussen in a 4-1 win over Calgary in the quarter-finals.

In the semi's, OHA erased a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the final three-and-a-half minutes then scored the winner early in overtime in a 3-2 win over defending champion North Shore Winter Club. Jonathan Smart forced overtime with 1:06 left in regulation time before Jordan Robinson scored at 1:18 of overtime.

In the final, OHA built up a 5-0 lead and cruised to a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. Rasmussen scored four times in the win.

Rasmussen was named to the all-star team along with goaltender Jordan Hollett who was also named the tournament's top goaltender.

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