The Kelowna Owls proved to be the surprise of the B.C. School Sports senior AAA field hockey championship held in Surrey.
Ranked fifth going into the 16-team event hosted by Kelowna Secondary School, the Owls battled to a provincial silver medal.
KSS dropped a 1-0 decision on a penalty stroke in the title game against the Cowichan Thunderbirds of Duncan, who secured their second straight provincial championship.
The Owls, representing the Okanagan district for a 15th straight time at the provincial tournament, opened with a 3-2 loss to the Charles Best Blue Devils of Coquitlam, but rebounded big time by defeating the Eric Humber Griffins of Vancouver 7-0 in their second game of pool play.
Needing a win to advance to the championship round, the Owls scored early in the first half against defending-champion Cowichan and hung on for a 1-0 victory.
In quarter-final play, KSS took on third-seed Carson Graham Eagles of North Vancouver and posted another upset with a 4-2 decision in a shoot-out for the right to advance to the title match.
“It was a superb effort by this hard-working group,” said head coach Arnar Bernhardsson of his young team made up 10 Grade 10s, eight Grade 11s and only one Grade 12. “They represented the Okanagan well.”
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