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Torquay Lions win silver at Estevan tournament

Twelve teams entered tournament in Estevan.

ESTEVAN - Teams from throughout the province were in Estevan on the weekend for the Estevan Minor Hockey Association’s annual U11 tournament.

The Torquay Lions made it all the way to the gold medal game, which they lost 6-3 to the Swift Current Rangers. Meanwhile, the Estevan Hurricanes lost 11-6 to the Regina Buffalos in the bronze medal game.

A total of 12 teams were entered in the tournament. Estevan was represented by the Aces, the Sasquatch, the Falcons and the Hurricanes. The Midale Mustangs were among the other teams entered.

The round robin started on Friday afternoon and continued Saturday morning. Playoffs were Saturday afternoon and throughout the day Sunday. Games were played at Affinity Place and the Power Dodge Arena.

Teams were divided into four groups of three.

The Lions went 2-0 in the round robin to finish first in their pool, beating the Falcons 7-2 and the Regina Royals 8-4. They then defeated the Regina Tigers 4-1 in their first playoff game, and the Buffalos 4-3 in the semifinal.

The Hurricanes opened with a 9-7 win over the Buffaloes and a 10-6 victory over the Mustangs to also finish first in their pool. Their first playoff game was a 13-9 win over the Weyburn Atomic Blue, and then they lost 9-1 to the Rangers in the semis.

As for the other Estevan teams entered, the Falcons lost to the Lions and 9-4 to the Regina Royals. They beat the Aces 10-0 in their final game.

The Aces lost 9-2 to the Weyburn Blue and 9-0 to the Regina Monarchs, and then finished with the loss to the Falcons.

The Sasquatch opened with an 8-5 loss to the Rangers and a 13-9 defeat against the Tigers. They recovered to defeat the Mustangs 8-2 in their final game.

In addition to the games listed above, the Mustangs lost 11-1 to the Buffalos.

Jennifer Kennedy with the EMHA thanked everyone who attended the tournament, the players for demonstrating sportsmanship and the sponsors and volunteers.

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