B.C. defender Grace Laine (3) scoops up the puck in front of goalie Jaydin Spooner with Alberta forward Andrea Gauchier (13) in pursuit during the last game of pool play for both teams in Lake Cowichan on Wednesday afternoon (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

B.C. defender Grace Laine (3) scoops up the puck in front of goalie Jaydin Spooner with Alberta forward Andrea Gauchier (13) in pursuit during the last game of pool play for both teams in Lake Cowichan on Wednesday afternoon (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

B.C. teams unbeaten in NAHC pool play

Host province in good shape as playoffs begin

Both British Columbia teams finished undefeated after pool play at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Duncan and Lake Cowichan this week.

In the female tournament, B.C. doubled up Alberta 4-2 at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena on Wednesday afternoon to lock up first place in their pool. B.C. finished at 3-0-0, followed by Alberta at 2-1-0, Saskatchewan at 1-2-0 and the North at 0-3-0.

Manitoba topped the other female pool at 3-0-0, with Ontario at 2-1-0, Atlantic at 0-2-1, and Eastern Door & the North (Quebec) also at 0-2-1.

In the male tournament, B.C. beat Atlantic 7-0 at the Island Savings Centre on Wednesday to finish pool play undefeated at 3-0-0, followed by Ontario at 2-1-0, Eastern Door & the North at 1-2-0, at Atlantic at 0-3-0. Saskatchewan finished 3-0-0 in the other male pool, followed by Manitoba at 1-1-1, the North at 1-2-0, and Alberta at 0-2-1.

Quarterfinal games begin Thursday.

All female quarterfinals are at the Island Savings Centre: Atlantic vs. Alberta at 9 a.m., Saskatchewan vs. Ontario at 11:30 a.m., the North vs. Manitoba at 2 p.m., and Eastern Door & the North vs, B.C. at 4:30 p.m.

Male quarterfinals include the North vs. Ontario at 10:30 a.m. in Lake Cowichan, Eastern Door & the North vs. Manitoba at 1 p.m. in Lake Cowichan, Atlantic vs. Saskatchewan at 3:30 p.m. in Lake Cowichan, and Alberta vs B.C. at 7 p.m. in Duncan.

On Friday, all semifinal games will be played at the Island Savings Centre, with female games at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and male matches at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Relegation games on the female side go at 9 a.m. (Island Savings Centre) and 3:30 p.m. (Cowichan Lake Arena), and on the male side at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (both at the Cowichan Lake Arena).

On Saturday, the female bronze medal game is at 9 a.m. and the male bronze medal game at noon, with the female gold medal game at 3 p.m. and finally the male gold medal game at 6 p.m. All Saturday games are in Duncan.