Huskies hit the road

The Hay River Huskies bantam boys team travelled to Grande Prairie this past weekend to participate in a B-level five team tournament. 

The Huskies met up with teams from Valleyview, Spirit River and  Chetwynd in addition to the Grande Prairie squad for a weekend of hot action in a chilly arena. 

In their first game, the Hay River boys tied up Grande Prairie with four goals each.

They lost their second game against Valleyview with a score of 8 – 7 and then moved on to beat Chetwynd 2-1.

In their final game, Hay River faced off against Chetwynd for third place, beating out the British Columbia team with a final score of 4-2.

But the bantam team wasn’t the only one who travelled for a tournament.

The Peewee team spent the weekend in Spirit River, taking the top spot in the playoffs.

The Huskies won their first game 12-2 against Grande Prairie before losing their second round-robin game to Spirit River 4-2.

In the semi-finals, the team beat out Falher 7-6 for the chance to meet the hosting team in the final game. The Huskies came out on top with a final score of 8-6.

“They played great as a team,” said Mike Wilgosh. “They really gelled together.”

The Novice Huskies showed the “essence of Canadian hockey” during their weekend tournament in Beaverlodge said coach Kim Ivanko.

The tournament was a first for the young Huskies, who played in three hard fought games.

“The players rose to the challenge and defeated Fort St. John 8-7 in the first nail-biter game,” said Ivanko.

“Aggressive forechecking, amazing stick handling and strong goal tending as well as solid defence were key ingredients throughout the weekend.”

The Huskies then moved on to play Grande Prairie, losing 7 – 8 in the last 30 seconds in the game.

“The puck just wouldn’t find the opposing net for the Huskies,” she said.

When it came time to face the hosting Beaverlodge team on Sunday morning, the Huskies lost a hard fought game with a final score of 4-7.

Ivanko said that although the novice players faced a tough set of teams this weekend, they were extremely positive.

“The players always maintained a positive attitude and demonstrated great sportsmanship and team spirit,” she said.

Hay River’s female Huskies also travelled this past weekend, and participated in a tournament in Manning but results were unavailable as of The Hub’s press time.