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Bantam girls win on home ice

ST. PAUL - The St. Paul Bantam Canadiens female hockey team celebrated a victory on home ice, Feb. 9, taking first place in their home tournament.

The team is a split between second-year peewee players, and bantam players, making them a rather young team, says coach Armand Boucher.

The team started off the tournament with a game against the Edmonton Kraken, winning 5-0. Then, the team took on the Fairview Falcons, winning that matchup 5-2.

On Sunday, the final game was an exciting one against Vermilion. The score was 1-1 after regulation, and it took a shoot out to decide the winner.
“I thin the game was harder on the parents than it was on the kids,” said Boucher. He noted that overall the weekend was a great team effort, adding, tournaments are “more about team bonding and having fun.

Boucher offered a thank-you to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped put on the weekend tournament, especially Tyson and Steph Balash who were the tournament coordinators.

Now, the team will look ahead to a busy week, playing games on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. While the team has already lost out of provincials, they will continue to compete in league play.