After going undefeated in the regular season, the Coquitlam Chiefs Midget A1 squad knows they can handle the local competition.
Now the team is taking their talents on the road with their eye on a provincial title, which they will compete for during a tournament in Prince George starting on Sunday.
The Chiefs are ranked 38th overall in Western Canada and 15th in B.C., a ranking that lumps them in with Major Midget teams, hockey academies and midget prep clubs. The team is already garnering some buzz from junior team scouts after finishing the regular season with 17-0-3 record, taking first place in their division.
They then moved on to the playoffs last week, where they took home their second banner of the season.
A third banner at the provincials would put the club in some pretty elite company.
“It is a continuation of what we did last year,” said head coach Mischa Polzin, a director with the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association, shortly after winning the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association title last month.
He noted at the time that this is the first undefeated season for the Chiefs, a dramatic turnaround from when Polzin took over the club two years ago. In his first season with the team, they mustered just three wins, before improving to 11 victories a year later.
Now, they are competing for a B.C. provincial title during a tournament that gets underway on Sunday in Prince George.