Atomic takes rec hockey tournament

Meadow Lake netminder Jared Lafond turns aside a shot in the final game while defenceman Drew Rose looks on.

Meadow Lake netminder Jared Lafond turns aside a shot in the final game while defenceman Drew Rose looks on.

by Terry Vileneuve

A team from Meadow Lake called Atomic Sports took top honours in the Flying Dust Recreation Christmas Classic Hockey Tournament Dec. 27-29 at PineRidge Ford Place.

“We had 10 teams sign up, so we’re happy with that because this was our first tournament we’ve hosted during the Christmas holidays,” said Eric Gladue of the organizing committee. “It was fast-paced hockey. The rules stated each team’s players had to play from their hometown with the exception of two imports – that evened out the competition.”

The final featured Atomic Sports and the Frog Lake T-Birds. The two teams traded goals in the early going and after the first (of only two)period, Atomic Sports held a modest 4-2 lead. As the game wore on, Frog Lake couldn’t keep pace as they lost 8-5 in the end.

The tournament’s most valuable player went to  Freddy Stanley of Frog Lake who also won the tournament’s top scorer award. Stanley notched 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in just four games.

Gladue noted the calibre of hockey was good with a hard-fought final which was exciting for the fans.

“The games went pretty smoothly and I think it helped that we had registered referees,” he added.

Collecting the tournament’s best goalie award was Austin Rediron from the Flying Dust team while Drew Rose of Atomic Sports was voted best defeneceman.

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