ELK POINT - Another fine tournament was put on this past weekend at the A.G. Ross Arena, this one organized and worked by our U13 parents. Terrific job was done by everyone pulling their weight to get it done.
And it was another great performance by our Avalanche team that made it to the A final and won the gold medal with only five seconds left in the third period in a nail-biter of a game.
On Friday night the Avalanche won over Beaumont 8-3 in the end, but that one was close, 4-3 until the third period. ‘Wild Wyatt’ Fontaine had a four goal night, Remington ‘Steel’ Reynolds and Liam ‘Sledgehammer’ Swedgan scoring two each. Tristin ‘Bobcat’ Brousseau and Jaxon ‘Smitty’ Smith had two assists each, William ‘Billy Bob’ Ballas, ‘Major Tom’ Melnyk and Kestyn ‘Crocodile ‘ Quinney each with a helper.
Saturday was a little scary against the Whitemud team, the Avalanche team down 7-3 after the first period, until they kicked it into gear in the second and third period, winning in the end 13-9. ‘Wild Wyatt’, ‘Remington Steel’ and the ‘Sledgehammer’ contributed the majority of goals, Jackson ‘J.R.’ Rawlake and Jaxon ‘Magic’ Marcoux with one goal each. A couple of apples each for the unsung heroes on defense, ‘Smitty’ and the ‘Bobcat’.
On Sunday afternoon the Avalanche hosted the South West Bandits in the final gold medal game. The Avalanche took a big three-goal lead in the first period on goals by ‘Wild Wyatt’ and ‘Remington Steel’. They then decided to lay back and watch the Bandits tie it up. Three all going into the third period, the Bandits would take the lead but only for a very short time when ‘Remington Steel’ scored his second of the game to tie it at four all.
With the clock ticking down and the crowd anticipating overtime to decide the winner, ‘Wild Wyatt’ would score his third goal of the game with only five seconds left on the clock, for the Avalanche win! The ‘Sledgehammer’ had three assists in this one.
Other hockey action for Avalanche
It’s very rare to have a 8 p.m. game on a weeknight when the kids are going to school. This past Thursday, the U15 team played against Cold Lake at 8 p.m. As it turns out, the Cold Lake players didn’t have school the next day so getting home at 11:30 p.m. or so didn’t matter to them. The game started out close but became a runaway, the Ice winning this one 9-2. Trayden ‘the Great’ Gadwa, who celebrated his 14th birthday the next day, got an early birthday present, scoring his first goal ever. He also added an assist on the goal by Marcus Dion, with Hawk Cardinal also getting an assist.
The U7 team travelled to Marwayne on the weekend playing in a tournament there. All the kids had a ton of fun and came home with a medal.
The U9 team played in Dewberry Saturday morning. Cohen ‘Big Horn’ Brousseau was between the pipes in this one for the first time ever. We didn’t get a report on goals and assists, but we’re told that they also had a great game and a lot of fun.
Our U11 team travelled on the road Friday night to Chauvin winning the game 10-7. ‘General Lee’ Barstad strapping on the big goalie pads came up with some outstanding saves. Hudson the ‘Bull’ Brousseau is very hard to contain when he sees the red light and busted through with six goals. Ava ‘the Red Baron’ Rawlake fired in a goal and added an assist. Defenseman Hudson ‘Hammer’ Krankowsky hammered in a goal and added an assist. Tor ‘Tornado’ Aarbo tore a path through the team to the crease scoring a goal as well.
Saturday afternoon the U18 had a huge 5-2 win down in Wainwright. The Bisons are always one of the better teams in the league. ‘Mick Jager’ Fontaine with a goal and two assists, his brother ‘the Kamikaze Kid’ Kade, Kaleb ‘Formula One’ Flamand, Brendon ‘Blue Line’ Haesch, and Gavin’ Green Light’ Kadutski all with goals. ‘Top Gunner’ Crawford, Seth ‘Motorman’ Morton and ‘Saint Nic’ Penner all with assists. The U 18 hosted Dewberry /Marwayne on Sunday night and lost a close 2 to 1 game, ‘Bo Diddley’ Fontaine scoring, assisted by Gavin ‘Green Light’ Kadutski.