Cinderwood deals Yukon Appliance first loss of season

Twice taking the lead was not enough for Yukon Appliance in minor hockey Saturday at Takhini Arena. Receiving its first loss of the season, Appliance…

Twice taking the lead was not enough for Yukon Appliance in minor hockey Saturday at Takhini Arena. Receiving its first loss of the season, Appliance fell to Cinderwood after a goal late in the third by Jake Wykes to put his team up 4-3.

“He’s one of our stand-up defencemen,” said Cinderwood coach Ken Olson of Wykes. “In some of the drills we’ve been doing the last couple weeks, he’s been getting the guys to stand in front of the net and staying in the open, and that’s where he got his two goals tonight.”

Less than a minute after teammate Jonas Lees tied the game on an amazing shot he took while sliding up to the Appliance net on his knees, Wykes took a tape-to-tape pass out from the wing and let one rip from 20 feet out to score his second of the game.

“It’s one thing we’ve been practising in the last few practices,” said Olson. “So he was right on the money where he was supposed to be.”

After taking and losing the lead in the second, Appliance moved out in front in the third on a backhander from Dillon Cozens and then a tight-angle shot by Payton Fohe that went off the Cinderwood goalie and in.

“They’re some of the same guys that score a lot of the time,” said Appliance coach Mike Cozens.

“Payton has this ability to shoot from really incredible angles and score — that’s where he scores most of his goals. He puts them high from the bad angles off the goalie.”

Other scorers in the game include Ryan Troke for Cinderwood and Curtis Goodman for Appliance.

“Both teams played really hard and really well,” said Cozens. “Nobody gave up and, in the last minute, they worked really hard to keep the puck in and score.

“Everyone enjoyed watching that game.”

Strong finish gives Gem Gas win

Although scoreless in the second, Gem Gas accumulated a dozen goals in a 12-5 win over Klondike Motors Saturday.

The Motors started the game under dreadful circumstances, not having a goalie in the net for opening half of the first period and therefore were forced to put in a regular player to mind the net.

The lack of a dressed goalie cost the Motors four unanswered goals, before ending the period down 5-2. However, the Motors fought back to even the score at 5-5 by the end of the second period.

“My team started pretending they were on a Sunday skate,” said Gem Gas coach Yogi Ponsioen. “They were coasting and not really putting in an effort. Between periods we had a little chat with them and told them to skate a little harder, be the first on the puck and it obviously paid off in the third period.

“We came together as a team in the third period.”

Gem Gas stepped things up in the third with seven goals, including two by Joe Stokes who ended with a hat trick and two from Tyler Egglestone, who led the game with four in addition to a pair of assists.

“The kids lost energy and that was about it,” said Motors coach George King. “(Gem Gas) took over in the last period. Our kids were short on the bench lost energy and it was all downhill from there.”

The most condensed string of goals came in the final two and a half minutes of play, with four pouring into the Motors’ net.

“They figured out that that was the object of the game,” said Ponsioen with a laugh.

“We’re trying to get the point across that short shifts, work hard, skate hard, come off get a break and your counterparts does the same thing. So everybody gets lots of ice time and everyone skates hard and works hard.”

Other scorers for Gem Gas include Damien Homes and Mikaela Ponsioen, each of who picked up an assist. Patrick MacDonald also scored twice while teammate Zak Ashchak got an assist and scored his first league goal ever.

The Motors were not without their own multiple goal scorers. Nicholas Steinbach scored twice in the second and grabbed an assist and MacKenzie Benn also scored twice. Teammate Gavin Lawrie picked up the variety pack with a goal and assist.

“Win or lose, they always have fun,” said King.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Team Togo member Katie Moen sits in a sled behind a snowmobile for the ride from the airport to Chief Zzeh Gittlit School. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Coming together: How Old Crow became one of the first communities in the world to be fully vaccinated

Team Togo and Team Balto assembled with a mission to not waste a single dose of vaccine

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. If council moves forward with bylaw changes, eating and drinking establishments could set up pop-up patios in on-street parking spaces. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Patios may be popping up in Whitehorse this summer

City considers program for downtown restaurants and bars

The Yukon Coroner's Service has confirmed the death of a skateboarder found injured on Hamilton Boulevard on May 2. Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News
Whitehorse man dies in skateboarding accident

Coroner urges the use of helmets, protective gear, while skateboarding.

The new Yukon Liberal caucus poses for a photo during the swearing-in ceremony held on May 3. (Yukon Government/Submitted)
Liberal cabinet sworn in at legislature before house resumes on May 11

Newly elected MLA Jeremy Harper has been nominated as speaker.

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve’s baby bison, born April 22, mingles with the herd on April 29. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Yukon Wildlife Preserves welcomes two bison calves

A bison calf was the first 2021 baby born at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

A map provided by the Yukon government shows the location of unpermitted logging leading to a $2,500 fine. (Courtesy/Yukon government)
Man fined $2,500 for felling trees near Beaver Creek

The incident was investigated by natural resource officers and brought to court.

The site of the Old Crow solar project photographed on Feb. 20. The Vuntut Gwitchin solar project was planned for completion last summer, but delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it back. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Old Crow is switching to solar

The first phase of the community’s solar array is already generating power.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
One new case of COVID-19 in the Yukon

Case number 82 is the territory’s only active case

Flood and fire risk and potential were discussed April 29. Yukoners were told to be prepared in the event of either a flood or a fire. Submitted Photo/B.C. Wildfire Service
Yukoners told to be prepared for floods and wildland fire season

Floods and fire personelle spoke to the current risks of both weather events in the coming months.

From left to right, Pascale Marceau and Eva Capozzola departed for Kluane National Park on April 12. The duo is the first all-woman expedition to summit Mt. Lucania. (Michael Schmidt/Icefield Discovery)
First all-woman team summits Mt. Lucania

“You have gifted us with a magical journey that we will forever treasure.”

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

Whitehorse goings-on for the week of April 26

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. The department has announced new dates for the 2021/2022 school year. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
Yukon school dates set for 2021/22

The schedule shows classes starting on Aug. 23, 2021 for all Whitehorse schools and in some communities.

Most Read