Hay River Huskies fight to win weekend peewee tournament


The Hay River Peewee Huskies team won last weekend’s home tournament against their final contenders, Yellowknife Boston Pizza Royals. Front row from left, Tyrell Wilgosh and J.J Lamoreux. Middle rowfrom left, Taylor Maurice, Jacob Harder, Cassidy Ring and Ally Carston. Back row from left, assistant coach Les Ring, Jeff Ashby, Jason Griffiths, Abby Webster, Bryn Hill, Madison Loutit, Brad Belanger, and head coach Mark Horton.
— photo courtesy of Connie Belanger

With an edge-of-the-seat win in overtime, the Hay River Peewee Huskies team was able to come away with a gold medal in a home tournament. last month During the six-team tournament, the Hay River blue team the team was divided into two, and went head to head with the Yellowknife Mackay Mavericks in the bronze medal game. They didn’t manage to break a 3-3 tie until overtime, pushing the team on to the gold medal game against Yellowknife Boston Pizza Royals and winning 9-1.They took the tough road to the finals because they lost their first qualifying game,” said head coach Mark Horton.

Both Hay River blue and white teams made it to the playoffs during the Jan. 18 to 20 tournament, but the white team fell short and took fourth place in the tournament.

Next, the peewee team will be travelling to Fort Smith this weekend for a tournament. Already they have travelled to tournaments in the North and Alberta.

Horton said the team members are developing their skills and teamwork.

Supporters and fans are also offering encouragement. During the recent tournament, the stands were full.

I think the peewee team is having a good season so far,” said Horton. “There have been a lot of successes this year. We’ve travelled to a lot of tournaments and so far we have a winning record.”

— Angele Cano