Mustangs winless at Western Bantam Classic

By Tom Patrick News Reporter Competing in tier two of the Abbotsford Western Bantam Classic last weekend, the Mic Mac Bantam Mustangs had a couple strong games but eventually came home with a winless 0-4 record. "We competed but our results weren't as po

Competing in tier two of the Abbotsford Western Bantam Classic last weekend, the Mic Mac Bantam Mustangs had a couple strong games but eventually came home with a winless 0-4 record.

“We competed but our results weren’t as positive as we had hoped,” said Mustangs coach Dave Pearson. “Efforts were real good, but we were a little out of the competitive field. It takes a little while to gear up because we don’t have too many games.”

Although their first game, against the Mission Stars from BC—who eventually finished second in the tier—was the closest they played, Pearson feels they had a slow start and the loss set the tone for the remainder of the tournament.

“One of the problems teams from Whitehorse have is when they go out to tournaments they tend to start slowly because we’re not as experienced as other teams in tournament play,” said Pearson. “Game 1 is the most important game of the tournament. If we had won that game, I think our results would have been quite different.”

Down 4-2 coming into the third, midway through the period, defenceman Isaac Moses took a hard hit but got off a pass to Brett Roulston who then found Gibson Pearson who, in turn, found the back of the Stars’ net. The same line tied the game minutes later, giving Pearson his fourth point of the game.

However, with five minutes left the Stars scored the leadoff goal, eventually taking the game 5-4.

“We came out with lots of energy and lots of play and we really did well,” said Pearson. “The kids showed a lot of resiliency, but they’re still real young—we’ve got a young team—they worked out how to win those hockey games when they need to.”

In their second game against the eventual winners of the tier, the North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks, Mustang’s Matthew McCarthy scored a power play goal with eight minutes left in the game, but it was too little too late as his team fell 4-1. Mustangs’ Mitch Read and Mike Arnold got the assists.

The Mustangs finished off the tournament Saturday with a pair of losses, losing 8-1 to the Semiahmoo Ravens and 4-1 against Pursuit of Excellence from Kelowna, BC. Forward Scott Merideth scored the Mustangs’ lone goal in the former and Roulston scored in the latter.

“Two of our main players weren’t allowed to travel with the team because of injury and personal reasons,” said Pearson. “It kind of left us short-handed.

“What really happened is that we just wore out. For contact we need to have our full squad with us and I think that was the biggest determining factor in the results.

“The kids played well, it’s just when you’re short two guys it’s tougher to compete at that level.”

Contact Tom Patrick at t

omp@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

No vacancy: Whitehorse family spends five months seeking housing

‘I didn’t think it would be this hard’

Bedbug situation in Whitehorse building becoming intolerable, resident says

Gabriel Smarch said he’s been dealing with bedbugs since he moved into his apartment 15 years ago

Yukon government transfers responsibility for Native Language Centre to CYFN

‘At the end of the day the importance is that First Nations have control of the language’

New operator applies for licence at shuttered Whitehorse daycare

Application has listed a proposed program start date of Feb. 1.

The week in Yukon mining

Goldcorp re-submits Coffee plans, Mount Nansen sale looms, Kudz Ze Kayah comments open

Ice, ice, baby: scaling a frozen Yukon waterfall

‘There’s a really transformative affect with adventure’

Says Marwell is problematic, requests council further hash it out

You can buy alcohol and tobacco on Main Street in Whitehorse —… Continue reading

Yukon history is picture post card perfect

The most interesting gift I received at Christmas this year was the… Continue reading

Contentious Whitehorse quarry proposal raises city hackles

‘We’ve had concerns from the get-go on this one’

Whitehorse time machine

Yukon’s capital added 10,000 people over the last three decades, no YESAB application needed

How to make sure your car starts in the cold

It’s about more than just making sure your plug works

Whitehorse fuel delivery company fined $1,100 for Rancheria crash

The Crown stayed two other charges against the company related to the Aug. 7, 2017, crash

Most Read