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Three Estevan minor hockey teams won tournaments

Minor hockey teams remain busy

ESTEVAN - The weekend of Dec. 10-12 was one to remember for three Estevan Minor Hockey Association teams.

The Estevan Murray GM U13 Royals won a tournament in Midale, winning all four games in a six-team competition. The Royals defeated the Estevan Panthers 5-1 in their opening game and followed that up with a 5-3 win over the Milestone Flyers to finish the round robin with a 2-0 record. 

In the semifinal, they defeated the host Midale Mustangs 2-1 and then edged the Panthers 4-3 in the final.

Coach Kevin Sliva said the Royals played strong all tournament and had solid goaltending from Quintin Sliva, who posted a 0.942 save percentage over the four games. Offensively the Royals were led by Liam Stubel and Logan Hunt, who had 10 and five points, respectively.

The Panthers brought home the silver medal and the Estevan Storm won bronze.

The Estevan Steel Reef U9 Bearcats female team went into Vibank and captured one of the A finals of that tournament.

Twelve female teams were entered, and there were four pools with three teams each. The Bearcats went 2-0 in their pool, defeating the Prairie Storm 7-2 in the opening game and the Warman Wildcats 9-6.

They faced the winner of one of the other pools in an A final, and defeated the Prairie Ice 9-6.

Coach Chris Hammett said it was the first time they have played together this year, because the girls play on teams with boys at the house league level. But the girls come together for tournaments.

The Estevan U11 Tier Bruins travelled to Cupar for a tournament on Dec. 11. In the first game, the Bruins were matched up against the Strasbourg Maroons. Estevan came away with an 11-6 victory. Braylon Henry had four goals and one assist for Estevan.

Next up was the host team, the Cupar Canucks. It was a tight game and the Bruins battled to a 4-1 victory. Kolby Fichter led the offensive attack with three goals.

This put the Bruins into the A final against the Wheatland Wild, which Estevan won 6-1 thanks to what coach Darcy Henry said was a total team effort. Ryder Mantei led the Bruins with two goals.

Ty Blackburn played all three games for the Bruins in net and only allowed eight goals in three games.