Coldwell Banker wins Spirit tourney

Twice tying the game after being down a goal, Coldwell Banker's Angus Clark knocked in the puck during a scramble in front of the Envirolube net with just minutes to play. The goal gave Coldwell a 3-2 win in the finals of the

Twice tying the game after being down a goal, Coldwell Banker’s Angus Clark knocked in the puck during a scramble in front of the Envirolube net with just minutes to play. The goal gave Coldwell a 3-2 win in the finals of the Yukon Novice Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament on Sunday in Haines Junction.

After a goal by Coldwell’s Garon L’henaff to tie it 1-1, Clark tied the game a second time, pouring into the Envirolube end and outmaneuvering a defenceman.

“It was something that you’d see in the highlights of TSN, but it was an eight year old kid doing it,” said Coldwell coach Mike L’henaff. “That was probably the best game he’s had all year. It was really neat to see how well he performed.”

Coldwell went undefeated in the six-team tournament, also defeating Envirolube 2-1 in the round robin portion of the event.

“It was good (because) they beat us the last two times we played them in the regular season,” said L’henaff.

Always the last line of defence, Coldwell’s Campbell Burdenie was recognized by tournament organizers for having the lowest goals against average.

“He played exceptional,” said L’henaff. “He hadn’t been playing much goal for us all year because we rotate (goalies), but he played every game for us and he played outstanding.”

Gunning for bronze were Precision Research who topped Yukon Office Supply 5-1.

In the battle for fifth, a combined team from Dawson, Faro and Teslin scored the first goal of the game in the final minute en route to a 1-0 win over the Haines Junction team.

“Haines Junction had many opportunities to score but the Dawson goalie Sammy Taylor stood on his head – it was just amazing,” said Mark Ritchie, president of the Haines Junction Minor Hockey Association. “As well, he got some help from the goalpost.”

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