This year’s Yukon Novice Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament wound up Sunday with Klondike Motors of Whitehorse edging out Coldwell Banker of Whitehorse 4-2 in the gold medal game at Haines Junction’s Bill Brewster Arena.
In an earlier match-up for the bronze, Juneau defeated Dawson in a 5-1 victory.
About 120 boys and girls from the Yukon and Alaska took part in the annual tournament. Eight teams of players aged six to eight, representing Whitehorse, Juneau, Dawson, Faro, Ross River, Teslin and Haines Junction fought it out in the round robin portion of the tournament on Friday and Saturday.
All the teams moved into the playoff round on Sunday.
The weekend focused on fun and celebrating amateur sport, physical fitness and the spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
One of the highlights of the weekend was recognition at the banquet of the unsung heroes of every hockey game — the goalies.
Matthew O’Conner and Mathew Blindheim of the Coldwell Banker team were recognized for having the best goals against average during the round-robin portion of the tournament, while Travis Istchenko, Marcus Kinney and Michael Ritchie of the Haines Junction Huskies were noted for being the goalies with the biggest hearts.
Whitehorse Minor Hockey
Atom division (Sunday)
Gem Gas 8
Pearson Dental 6
Max Brewster led Gem with three goals and two assists, Kole Smeeton netted two goals, and Logan Morris, Josh VanBibber, and Nick Steinbach scored as well.
Riley Smoler led Pearson Dental with four goals, and Luke McGrath and Mark McGrath scored a goal each.
Yukon Inn 4
Firth Rangers 2
Dave White led the Yukon Inn with a pair of goals, while Tom Corcoran and Charles Brodhagen scored as well. Al Hammond, Gord Kuchler and Greg Bull assisted.
John Skilnyk scored both goals for the Rangers, assisted by Ernie Jamieson.
Edgewater Hotel 6
AON Flames 3
Sean McAskie scored twice for the Edgewater, while Scott Lowery added a goal and four assists. Morley Lessard, Brent Cooper and Sean McLeish rounded out the scoring.
Scoring for the Flames were Dean Faragher, Pat Campbell and Al Koehle.
Whitehorse Recreational Hockey League
Environlube Oilers 8
U Brew Bruins 4
Paul Hamilton and Peter Mostyn scored two goals each for the Oilers, and Sean Secord, Shawn Taylor, Allan Hansen and Leroy Wolfe added goals as well.
Ralph Sembsmoen, Marcel Barrault, Blayne Monahan and Kevin Smith scored for the Bruins.
Narrow Gauge 4
Sports North 3
Milo Jordan led Narrow Gauge with a pair of goals, and Chris Kostelnik and Sam Penner scored as well.
Sports North scorers were Mike O’Connor, with two, and Dave Richard.
Sunday Junior League:
Canada Flooring Crushers 20
Vandelay Super Geeks 14
Zoe Walker led the Crushers to a win over the Super Geeks by beating Braden Brickner in four sets. Default wins for Benjamin Grundmanis and Alex Kastelein gave the Crushers enough points to take the night.
Vandelay had strong performances from the players in attendance, however, both Tristan Sparks and Kelly Panchyshyn swept their opponents, Skyler Bryant and Tia Oster.
Honda Hustlers 24
Pacific Northwest Moving Haulers 14
Anna-Lee Jacobsen led the Hustlers with a straight-sets win over Alexis Hougen, while Nicholas Dobush swept Josh Muir. Brogan Bell and Logan Godin went the full five sets to beat Logan Harris and Kai Knorr, respectively.
Stephen Grundmanis had the only Haulers win, by default over Sophia Flather.
Standings as of March 2:
1st Vandelay Super Geeks, 117
2nd Honda Hustlers, 86
3rd Pacific Northwest Moving Haulers, 73
4th Canada Flooring Crushers, 69