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Arcola hosts 300 players at U9 tournament

The Carievale U9 team won the tournament.
Carievale won the Moose Mountain Minor Hockey League's U9 title.

ARCOLA - Arcola Minor Hockey held a successful tournament for the U9 hockey teams in the Moose Mountain Minor Hockey League at the Arcola Prairie Place Complex on March 17-19.

This was the first time that Arcola held the league finals.

Arcola U9 hockey team head coach Parker Cameron was pleased with the 15 teams that attended.

The first game was played on March 17 at 5:30 p.m., and games continued all day Saturday, with the final games played on Sunday.

An abundance of raffle prizes were donated by local and area businesses. A guaranteed 50/50 draw for $500 was held, with winner Judy Foote taking home over $1,000. A special draw was also held for a skate sharpener.

During this tournament, the rink saw nearly 900 spectators come through the doors, which also kept the volunteers in the kitchen buy with a steady lineup.

They held two separate double-knockout brackets for the mixed teams. The ice surface was divided into two rinks, with the top eight teams from the regular season in one division and the bottom seven teams in the other.

Each team played great games according to Cameron, but in the end, it was Carievale and Redvers meeting for the final game.

Cameron said the last game was great to watch. The  goalies from each team played really well, making some excellent saves. The teams showed great hockey skills but it would be Carievale taking home the championship by a score of 4-2.

In the B event, another excellent game was played. Wawota and Oxbow would battle this one out, but Wawota won 7-5.

Cameron feels the weekend was great due to the players and all the volunteers that helped, because without their help this is not possible. The businesses that donated and the crowd that came to cheer everyone on.

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