Week 2 of the 2023 AAA Hockey Challenge wrapped up in Brandon over the weekend. Twenty Eight teams took to the ice, competing in three different age groupings. Of note, all three championship games on Sunday were decided by one goal.
Following an overtime period, the 2008-09 final required a shootout to settle the game. The Jawbreakers (pictured above) ended coming out on top, scoring a 7-6 win over the Cougars. Luka Gosselin held the hot hand for the Jawbreakers racking up 3 goals and 1 assist in the championship tilt. Crosby Harrison, Ryan Cox, and Jaxon Green also scored for the Jawbreakers. Kai Kriekle, Carson Park, Blake Haygarth, Chase Lekivetz, Rhett Weichel, and Burke Regehr replied with goals for the Cougars.
The Dakota Warriors Blue squad eked out a narrow 7-6 victory over the Wheatlead Wild in overtime to claim the 2010 title. Beau Raschke scored at the 4:37 mark in the overtime frame to secure the win. The Warriors were led offensively by Eason Eggert (3g,2a), Landin Slind (2g), and Reese Frykman (4a). Liam Vancaeseele (3g), Merrick Wilhelm (2g), and Mason Schmidt (1) tallied goals in the loss for the Wild.
Nixon Gaudet scored his 4th goal of the game in overtime to lead the Southeast Beast to a hard fought 6-5 win over the PV Heat in the 2011 title game. Gaudet racked up an impressive 17 goals and 5 assists in his 5-games played over the weekend. Also scoring for the the Beast were Liam Beaudeete and Reed Sherry, while Nikco Fontaine stopped 36 Heat shots. The Heat received 2 goals from Mattix Unrau and single markers from Gavin Gacutan and Shane Pethybridge.