Flying Dust hosts AAA game

Flying Dust Chief Jim Norman and MLTC Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre take part in the ceremonial puck drop to start the game.

By Terry Villeneuve

AAA midget hockey returned to the Northwest last Thursday and for the first time in eight years it wasn’t held at the Meadow Lake Arena, but rather at Flying Dust First Nation’s new arena.

The reserve took this opportunity to also make it their grand opening which saw several dignitaries speak to the crowd of about 400 people in attendance.

“This was a long time coming,” said Chief Jim Norman. “A few years ago there was a need for a second hockey rink in Meadow Lake and it’s an honour for me to stand here today and say, here it is. It will be used for many years by our youth in the community as well as others in the area.”

During the second intermission it was announced the arena will be named ‘PineRidge Ford Place’ with the dealership’s owners Kirt Prete and Larry Moeller on hand to help celebrate the event.

The game, a neutral-site contest between the Beardy’s Blackhawks and the Battlefords Stars, was again a fast-paced affair with Beardy’s winning 7-4.

Beardy’s got off to a quick start scoring four times, taking a 4-1 lead into the first intermission. In the second, the teams traded a pair of goals each and then in the third, the clubs scored one each.

One of the highlights of the game was a short-handed marker scored by Ile-a-la Crosse’s Regan Yew. Yew, along with twin brother Robin and Kihisis Derocher of Flying Dust, were suited up for the Battlefords squad which attracted a throng of supporters.

“It was great to see some local talent again,” said Beardy’s general manager Mel Parenteau. “For years we’ve had guys on our team from the Northwest, but this year we don’t have any – we’re going to have to get back to that next year.”

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