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Estevan Strippers win division at tournament in North Dakota

Strippers went 3-1 during the weekend to win an over-50 division.
Members of the Strippers that competed in Grand Forks were, back row, from left, Chuck Dzuba, Tony Sernick, Tim Bangsund, Chris Hammett, Gord Steeves and Craig Gusikoski. Front row, Chuck Haines, Jody Waloshin, Steve Godfrey, Brent Gusikoski, Chris Terret and Brian Dueck.

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. 



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