Huskies come out on top

The Hay River Huskies hockey team emerged victorious at the annual Huskies Hay River Bantam Invitational Tournament held Jan. 5 & 6.

Playing against two teams from Yellowknife and one from High Level, the Huskies beat the High Level North Stars in the final by a score of 4-2.

Dawson McMeekin was named the game’s most valuable player after scoring three goals in the first period alone.

With solid goalkeeping from Colton Charlton, the Huskies skated circles around the North Stars defence and continuously created scoring opportunities.

The final score doesn’t represent the Huskies’ domination in the game, since the local players missed several breakaways during the game.

Coach Dean McMeekin said he was proud of his team, and glad to see teams from High Level and Yellowknife taking part in the tournament.

The boys worked hard and deserved to win, they should be proud,” he said. “The High Level team is an A-level team. They have try-outs and pick their team from over 50 players. We have 13 bantam players in Hay River, so no one gets cut. It’s nice to see that our boys can compete with that level.”

The Huskies and North Stars finished first and second following the end of the round-robin tour, with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Both Yellowknife teams – the Haks and the Bruins – had a much harder time and were badly outscored throughout the tournament, giving up 24 and 23 goals respectively.

Tournament organizer Louise Schumann said the event wouldn’t have been possible without contributions from many people.

The Hay River volunteers were wonderful. It takes a lot of them to make an event like this successful,” she said. “The travelling teams also make this event possible, and we’re really happy that Yellowknife was able to send two teams.”

The Yellowknife Haks, with only nine penalty minutes throughout the tournament, won the most sportsmanlike team award.

The Huskies will be in Grimshaw, Alta., on Jan. 12-13 for their next tournament.

— Myles Dolphin