Sports Briefs: Banner season for Whistler hockey 

click to enlarge A Team The Whistler Atom A1 Winterhawks team show off one of the rink's four regular season banners. (Top Row: Coaches Bob Andrea, Steve McCann, Rob Palm, David Greenfield and Patrick Harroch; Second Row: Alex Binette, Glenn Mackie, Michael Friesen, Ethan Cox, Tony Andrea, Avery Hargitt, Lucas Gordon and Josh McCann; Bottom Row: Ben Brownlie, Nikki Palm, Drew Palm, Michael Harroch, Julien Chartrand and Zach Greenfield. Not pictured is Eric Smith.
  • A Team The Whistler Atom A1 Winterhawks team show off one of the rink's four regular season banners. (Top Row: Coaches Bob Andrea, Steve McCann, Rob Palm, David Greenfield and Patrick Harroch; Second Row: Alex Binette, Glenn Mackie, Michael Friesen, Ethan Cox, Tony Andrea, Avery Hargitt, Lucas Gordon and Josh McCann; Bottom Row: Ben Brownlie, Nikki Palm, Drew Palm, Michael Harroch, Julien Chartrand and Zach Greenfield. Not pictured is Eric Smith.

The Whistler Minor Hockey Association is entering the post-season on a roll with four teams bringing home banners this season.

The most recent banner was courtesy the Winterhawks Atom A1 team, playing in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association's Flight 4. The team finished with a record of 17 wins and just three losses while outscoring their opponents 109-51 over 20 regular season games. That's more than five goal each game.

The Peewee A1 team, competing in Flight 3, also finished on top of the standings with 15 wins, three losses and two ties. They outscored their opponents 86 to 26 in 20 games, averaging 4.4 goals per game.

The Bantam A1 team also finished with a record of 15-3-2 over 20 games, placing first in Flight 4. They outscored their opponents 129 to 69, averaging 8.8 goals per game. They also had the second fewest penalty minutes of the 10 teams in their group.

The Atom C1 house league team also brought home a banner this season.

High scores in Park Rider Session slopestyle

The third and final slopestyle of the Telus Park Rider Sessions took place on Sunday in the Blackcomb Terrain Park.

In the Snowboard Men 17-Plus, Joey Eddy was the top rider with a score of 290, nine more than Filipo Maquignaz. Marc Landry was third with 274.

In Ski Men 17-Plus, Reed Lewis took the win with a 361, the highest score of the day, followed by Oli Cain with 327 and Bauston Camilleri with 268.

Skylar Voute competed alone in Snowboard Male 14 to 16, and finished with a 152. Quinn Dubois competed alone in Snowboard 13 and Under and scored a 180.

JC Heckman won the Ski Male 14 to 16 group with a 272, followed by Blake Warmenhoven with 252 and Braden Metza with 250.

In Ski Male 13 and Under Luke Smart placed first with a 322, followed by Bracken Camilleri with a 246 and Carter Krasny with a 104.

The last event on the calendar is a halfpipe on Blackcomb, taking place on Mar. 11. That event is sanctioned by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP), with an opportunity to earn points and gain entry to pro events. To earn points you must be an AFP member, and online registration is available at www.afpworldtour.com.

Registration for the halfpipe contest itself is available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or online for $29, going up to $35 on the day of the event. Competition day registration is available at the Rendezvous Lodge until 9:45 a.m.

Competitors must wear helmets and mouthguards are recommended. As well, minors need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

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