GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Estevan Strippers recreational hockey team finished first in their division at an over-50 tournament in Grand Forks, N.D., on the weekend.
Estevan went 2-1 in the round robin. They opened with a 7-5 loss to the St. Paul Bushwackers, but they recovered to defeat the Bemidji Old Farts 4-3 and the Portage Plainsmen 5-4 in a shootout.
The Strippers faced the Old Farts again for first in their division on Sunday. Bemidji stormed out to a 3-0 lead. The Strippers battled back to tie the game at threes and scored the game-winning goal with 57 seconds remaining in the third.
The tournament has 60 teams involved in many different divisions. Estevan was in the 50-and-over division. The average of the team must be at least 50.
The Strippers are now getting ready to host their annual Spring Bust tournament from April 12-16. Forty teams will converge on Estevan for the games, making it the largest recreational hockey tournament in the province.