Week one of the Source for Sports AAA Summer Hockey Challenge is in the books with thirteen teams participating in three different age groups. The tournament got underway Friday with the finals being played on Sunday. All games were played inside the rinks at the Keystone Centre.
The MB Steel went undefeated over the weekend capturing the 2007 division by beating the Southwest Jets by a score of 5-2. Colten Worthington lead the offense with 2 goals while Jaxon Jacobson, Cole Temple and Junior Martine each tallied once. The Jets Tyson Draper scored both his teams goals in the loss. Former Wheat King captain Brad Twordik was behind the bench for the Southwest Jets.
The Southwest Jets captured the 2006 division as they toppled the SK Crusaders 7-2 in the finals. Kolby Diehl scored 3 goals and added an assist in the contest. Other markers came off the sticks of Regan Anderson, Carter Bartley, Jackson Kohut, and Kylan Anderson. The Jets were dominate throughout the tournament outscoring their opposition 55-4 in their five games. Crusaders goals came off the sticks of Blaze Gutzke and Noah Osiowy.
The 2004 division was a nail bitter right down to the final horn. The Snipers narrowly escaped with a 6-5 victory over the Man-Sask Wolfpack. Will Wiseman and and Cole Topham lead the charge offensively with 2 goals each. Brodie Stovan, and Carter Johannson each chipped in with singles. The Wolfpack, who at one time found themselves down 6-3 in the third, received 3 goals from Tyler Thompson. Colby Cuddington dented the twine twice in the loss. The Wolfpacks Trinity Bear lead all scorers in the final contest registering 5 assists.
Tournament Notes: Spotted among the crowd on Saturday was current Winnipeg Blue Bomber GM Wade Miller. Other local celebrities spotted at the rink taking in the action over the weekend include former Edmonton Oiler Alex Plante, current Wheat King John Quenneville, and the voice of the Wheat Kings Bruce Luebke. Derek Sobkow, timekeeping for a 10th consecutive tournament, was named the tournament’s top off ice official. The AAA Hockey Challenge takes a one week break and then returns May 6-8th with the girls taking center stage.