The Atom Mustangs produced their first win against Yukon Office Supply at the best possible time so far this season – the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association Peewee Championships finals held at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday.
Twice fighting back from a goal down, the Mustangs used two third-period goals for a 6-4 win in the final.
“It was one of those things where we really wanted to show we could play well against them,” said Mustangs head coach Kirk Gale.
“They are a bigger team but our kids are improving all the time … We hadn’t beat this team but today we did and I think that goes to show how much they’ve improved since we first started playing in September.”
Mustangs forward Isaac Williamson netted a four-point game with three assists and a goal.
“Isaac plays really well and has a real knack for the net,” said Gale. “That line could have had a few more if they had a little more puck luck.”
On the line with Williamson were Stan Cooley and Maddie Nicholson. Cooley scored and Nicholson got the first goal and the game-winner. Brett Walchuk and Wyatt Peterson also got goals.
“We had good contributions from all the lines,” added Gale.
Scoring for Office Supply was Ethan LaVallee with three goals. Teammate Peyton Fobe also found the back of the Mustangs’ net.
In the battle for bronze, McDonalds Gold Rush took home the medal with a 4-2 triumph over Envirolube.
“I have four boys and 11 girls and we’re right in the mix every game,” said McDonalds head coach George King. “My girls can hold off the boys pretty good.”
Gold Rush forward Ryan Troke plays centre in the team’s first line for good reason. Troke scored twice – including the game winner – and assisted both other goals, scored by Madison Dorion and Katlyn Horte.
“He’s an amazing hockey player; he helps out the kids big time,” said King of Troke. “He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever coached in hockey. He can go out on the ice with four girls and hold his own.
“I’d have him on my team any day.”
Brandon Barratt scored both of Envirolube’s goals.
Canadian Tire captures bantam title
Whitehorse’s Canadian Tire rolled over the Scotia Bank Female Mustangs in a 6-0 win for gold at the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association Bantam Championships in Haines Junction.
“The girls played three games that day … and they had to play back-to-back for the gold medal,” said Canadian Tire head coach Ken Olson. “Otherwise I’m sure that’s not (the score) we would have had. They are a strong team.”
It was a tough tournament for the Female Mustangs. Aside from being “plagued by injuries,” the final was the team’s third game in five hours and seventh game in two days.
However, a last-minute addition also helped the Canadian Tire team. Picked up just before the tournament, Spencer Lasard produced three goals and an assist in the final.
“Spencer was in the Mustangs program but he dropped out of it,” said Olson. “He’s got to be the littlest guy on our whole team … but he’s smart and he doesn’t quit skating.
“He was a big plus for us. He was just a floater looking for somewhere to play and he didn’t get on our roster until Thursday night.”
Teammate Scott Meredith also had a strong final with two goals and an assist.
“Scotty is pretty dominate,” said Olson. “I know in one game he had six of our seven goals. He’s a very good hockey player.”
Andrew Glada scored the other Canadian Tire goal.
A low-scoring game decided the fate of the bronze medal. The Female Mustangs defeated Takhini Transport 2-1 to advance to the final, giving Takhini Transport the bronze.
Scoring for the Mustangs was Chyanne Spenner, followed by Adrianne Dewhurst for the game-winner. Lynsey Keaton assisted Dewhurst.
Getting Takhini’s lone goal was Brandon Janz.
“I’m real proud of all my players,” wrote Mustangs head coach Louis Bouchard in an email to the News. “Because of injury we had to move players to different positions. Not one player played her normal position all weekend. We were moving defenceman to centres and forwards to defence, switching players left and right. And they were still able to execute our game plan and run our systems.”
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