The first week of the 2018 Source for Sports AAA Summer Hockey Challenge had a little bit of everything including some timely goals, outstanding saves, rockin beats from DJ Straight Peak and an appearance from the WWE’s Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was in town watching his son play in this year’s tournament. The weekend saw 26 different teams compete in four different age divisions.
The 2009 Yellowhead Chiefs (pictured above) went undefeated (4W-IT) on the weekend and captured the 2009 championship title with a convincing 9-4 victory over Legacy in the final on Sunday. Grady McNish had a big afternoon pacing the Chiefs with 4 goals and 2 assists, while Winston Lepp added a goal and 4 assists in the win Other makers came off the sticks of Sammy Rivas (2) and Aaron Roels (2). Boston Tait (2), Andrew Hemphill, and Reid Kosior replied for Legacy.
Kade Britz recorded a shutout as he helped his East Central Selects teammates defeat the Regina Raiders in the 2008 Division. Hayden Helberg (2), Kane Demres, Rory Dewar, Jaxson Hendry, and D J Brass each found the back of the net in the 6-0 victory. The Selects were dominant all weekend long outscoring their opponents 68-3 in the process.
The Manitoba Hawks claimed the 2007 division after a hard fought victory over the Southwest Jet 5-4 in the final played on Sunday inside Westoba Place. Easton Stoesz scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute left to secure the win. He also added an assist. Jake Keryluk, Madden Parnell, & Ethan Lukianchuk each dented the twine once for the Hawks. Colten Knox added 2 goals, and Jack Clark and Avery Samuels snipped once each for the Jets in the loss.
The weekends oldest age division required a shootout to claim a winner. The two teams were deadlocked at 2 after regulation and overtime settled nothing. Prairie Force eventually toppled the Southwest Jets in the shootout, which followed the 5-minute overtime period. Oliver Muir and Shaden Duliak scored in regulation for Prairie Force who forced the overtime frame with a late 3rd period goal. Connor Martin and Kelby Diehl each registered singles for the Jets.