Mustangs win gold through shootout in Castlegar

Whitehorse's Peewee A Mustangs took Castlegar minor hockey fans for an emotional rollercoaster ride on Sunday. The Castlegar fans went through ups and downs before finishing on the latter.

Whitehorse’s Peewee A Mustangs took Castlegar minor hockey fans for an emotional rollercoaster ride on Sunday. The Castlegar fans went through ups and downs before finishing on the latter.

The Whitehorse rep team overcame three deficits en route to beating the Castlegar Rebels 9-8 in a shootout in the final of the Castlegar Tier 3 Peewee Tournament in B.C.

“It was a barnburner … It was a huge effort from the boys,” said Mustangs co-head coach Martin Lawrie.

Defenseman Cruz Goodman got the game-winner as Whitehorse’s fifth shooter before goalie Ethan Vanderklay plugged the net to give the Mustangs the gold.

The final capped a fantastic weekend for the Mustangs’ top offensive line.

Dylan Cozens had four goals and two assists, Bryce Anderson had three goals and an assist and Joe Stokes had three assists, in the final.

Anderson, who also scored in the shootout, had the tying 8-8 goal, assisted by Stokes and Cozins.

That line “played huge for us all weekend long,” said Lawrie. “These three showed everyone that they are going to be tough to handle come provincials.”

The Cozens-Anderson-Stokes line combined for 50 points over the five games in Castlegar. Cozens had 11 goals and 10 assists; Stokes had four goals and 11 assists; Anderson had seven goals and seven assists.

Cozens also had the game-winner in the semifinal as the Mustangs squeaked by the Nelson Leafs 3-2.

Whitehorse opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over the Leafs in the round-robin. Vanderklay got the shut-out.

“Ethan had a very strong weekend for us,” said Lawrie. “We saw a number-one goalie emerge for us in Ethan Vanderklay, for sure. That was really nice to see.”

The Mustangs then squashed the Missoula Bruins from Montana 11-1 before losing 8-2 to Castlegar to finish the round-robin.

“It was a very flat hockey game,” said Lawrie of the loss. “The boys didn’t have any jump and the game got away from us.”

In the 11-1 blowout over the Bruins – in addition to the usual suspects on the top-line – Niall Lawrie had two goals, while Josh Austin and Dylan Kindervater each had one.

“We were very, very happy,” said Martin. “We saw some huge growth out of our first-year hockey players.

“Our veterans, between that offensive line of Dylan, Bryce and Joe, and on defence, Niall (Lawrie) and Cruz (Goodman), they carried the load for us.

“We had a line of first-years: Oscar Burgess, Kailen Troke and Josh Austin, and the three of them just played better and better each game. That was very encouraging to see as we prepare for provincials.”

The Peewee A Mustangs will compete at the B.C. Provincial Hockey Championships in Creston next month.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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

Just Posted

A Copper Ridge resident clears their driveway after a massive over night snowfall in Whitehorse on Nov. 2, 2020. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the Whitehorse and Haines Junction areas for Jan. 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Winter storm warning for Haines Junction and Whitehorse

Environment Canada says the storm will develop Monday and last until Tuesday

Maria Metzen off the start line of the Yukon Dog Mushers Association’s sled dog race on Jan. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Mushers race in preparation for FirstMate Babe Southwick

The annual race is set for Feb. 12 and 13.

The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Subsidy for medical travel doubled with more supports coming

The change was recommended in the Putting People First report endorsed by the government

Chloe Sergerie, who was fined $500 under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> on Jan. 12, says she made the safest choice available to her when she entered the territory. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Woman fined $500 under CEMA says she made ‘safest decision’ available

Filling out a declaration at the airport was contrary to self-isolation, says accused

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governers

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Fire damage, photographed on Jan. 11, to a downtown apartment building which occurred late in the evening on Jan. 8. Zander Firth, 20, from Inuvik, was charged with the arson and is facing several other charges following his Jan. 12 court appearance. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
More charges for arson suspect

The Inuvik man charged in relation to the fire at Ryder Apartments… Continue reading

The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Grace period for new lobbyist registry ends

So far nine lobbyists have registered their activities with politicians in the territory

Most Read