WAWOTA - The Carlyle Sports Arena hosted the season-ending tournament for the Moose Mountain Minor Hockey League’s U11 circuit this past weekend.
Games were played throughout southeast Saskatchewan last Friday and Saturday. The top eight teams completed their one-day playoff in Carlyle on Saturday before good crowds.
In regular season play, Kipling finished first and the Estevan Sasquatch second. Both teams were defeated in the semi-finals, with Carnduff upending Kipling 7-4 and Wawota defeating the Sasquatch 8-7.
In the thrilling A final, Wawota defeated Carnduff to win the league championship. The Flyers trailed 8-6 late in the third period before tying it late. Andy Kapell scored the game-winner in sudden-death overtime.
On the B side, the hometown Carlyle Cougars defeated the Estevan Falcons 12-5. The fifth place Cougars lost to Carnduff last Thursday but defeated both Carievale and Estevan on Saturday.
Wawota has five female hockey players on its roster, who were an integral part of the championship team. They were coached by Brad Weber and Jeff Taylor, while Allison Weber is the manager.
“We had a blast with this group of kids,” said Allison Weber. “They worked hard and learned the importance of playing together as a team. We are extremely proud of how they played and thrilled that all their hard work paid off. Our team would also like to thank the U11 Carlyle Cougars for hosting a great playoff tournament.”