Two ice hockey players from Bainbridge Island — August Janow and Henry Waite — helped propel the West Sound Warriors to the State B Pee Wee Championship last weekend.
The West Sound Warriors went undefeated in the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association playoffs and won the state title in a dramatic matchup against Whatcom County in the 11-12 age group.
The Warriors rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim the cup, and won 4-3 with a key goal from Janow.
Eight teams advanced to the State B Championships, held at the Castle Ice Arena in Renton and Kingsgate Ice Arena in Kirkland March 14-17.
The West Sound Warriors from Kitsap were joined by the Spokane Eagles, Kent Valley Selects, Sno-King B, Seattle Junior B, Whatcom Warriors, Tri-Cities Americans and Wenatchee Wild.
The tournament was pool play, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi and championship rounds.
The West Sound Warriors brought 11 players to the tourney, and were outnumbered by every other team (Whatcom had 13 players; Kent, 16; Seattle Junior, 18; Sno-King, 18; and Whatcom, 13).
No matter. The West Sound Warriors went unbeaten in the tourney and finished with a 5-0-0 tournament record.
First up, the Warriors dispatched Whatcom 6-2 on March 15, then clobbered Kent 7-2 the next morning.
Saturday night, the Warriors outlasted Seattle Junior 9-5 to advance to Sunday’s semi-final against Sno-King.
West Sound put a frosty finish to Sno-King, 5-1, to move to the championship game.
In addition to Janow’s goal, the Warriors were also helped with a goal by Clayton Littlefield and two from Donald “Hank” Cribbs, with two assists from Cory Kane.
Other members of the team include Devyn Gurnard, Jarrett Reiber, Karlen Slater, Dylan Forster, Andrew Barton and Konner Lundeen.
The team is coached by Coach Eric Gibson and assistant coaches Gordon Janow, Kevin Reiber and Gary Barton.