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Estevan Strippers take top spot in Grand Forks tournament

The Strippers went 3-1 to win a division for teams with an average age of at least 50.
Members of the Estevan Strippers were, back row, from left, Warren Waldegger, Chuck Dzuba, Steve Godfrey, Wade Young, Karl Mackenzie, Brennan Wrigley and Kevin Kuntz. Front row, Tony Sernick, Sean Garagan, Stephen Terrett, Jayson Howden, Chris Terrett and Jody Waloshin.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Members of the Estevan Strippers hockey club were recently at the Barons tournament in Grand Forks, N.D., and took top spot in the division for teams with an average age of at least 50 years.

In their opening game, the Strippers defeated Bemidji 3-1. Brennan Wrigley, Wade Young and Stephen Terrett were the goal scorers.

Their next game was a convincing 9-2 victory over the Soul Stalkers. Wrigley, Young and Terrett each scored twice, while Chris Terrett, Karl McKenzie and Warren Waldegger also scored.

In their third game, the Strippers lost 5-4 to the Bushwackers. Stephen Terrett, Kevin Kuntz, Young and Waldegger had the goals.

The Strippers and the Bushwackers met again in the A final, and this time the Strippers won 5-1. Young scored twice, while Waldegger, Chris Terrett and Tony Sernick had the other goals.

Jody Waloshin was in goal for all four games.

The Strippers are now getting ready to host their 40th annual Molson Spring Bust Hockey Tournament – the largest recreational hockey tournament in Saskatchewan. Thirty-six teams will converge on the Estevan area for the event, which runs from April 3-7.

Games will be played at Affinity Place, the Power Dodge Arena and the Bienfait Memorial Arena. There will also be cabarets on April 5 and 6 at the Power Dodge Curling Centre.

The tournament raises thousands of dollars for Estevan-area causes each year, and with more than half of the teams coming from out of town, it provides a significant boost for the local economy.

The Mercury and SaskToday will have extensive coverage of the tournament.