Seqouia Kitchens cooks up gold at atom championships

Whitehorse's Seqouia Kitchens team minced the competition at the 2014 Yukon Atom Hockey Championships in Haines Junction over the weekend. Seqouia went undefeated in six games on their way to gold.

Whitehorse’s Seqouia Kitchens team minced the competition at the 2014 Yukon Atom Hockey Championships in Haines Junction over the weekend.

Seqouia went undefeated in six games on their way to gold. That’s pretty much been the story of the team all season, said coach Mark Daniels.

“The team’s been doing excellent,” said Daniels. “I think we’ve lost one game all year so far.

“We draft our teams in a collaborative fashion based on an evaluation of the players at the beginning of the year, so the teams should be evenly skilled at the outset.

“As far as this team goes, they are just really cohesive. They act like a team, they play like a team, and they support each other on and off the ice.”

Seqouia grabbed gold with a 4-1 win over Whitehorse’s Duncan’s Limited in the final.

Aaron Bolduc got the ball rolling for Seqouia with a goal six minutes into the final. Hugo Burgess got the game-winner a few minutes later.

Seqouia’s Cole McInroy and Kaelen Lewis, assisted by Trevor Dobbs, both scored in the second period to seal the deal. Seqouia’s Nathan Scully led his team up to the final with a 1.75 goal average in the round-robin.

Max Logan scored for Duncan’s, assisted by Chelsi Gorrell.

“All the coaches felt the kids all played hard, played fair and put their hearts into it,” said Daniels.

Whitehorse’s Titan Gaming and Collectibles collected the bronze after losing 6-3 to Duncan’s in the game to reach the final.

Duncan’s went into the final immediately after the game with very little rest time.

“We had about an hour and a half between games and they had just enough time to clean the ice,” said Daniels.

Duncan’s fought back from two goals down to beat Titan. Sawyer Adams had two goals, including the game-winner, in the win over Titan while teammate Austin Larkin had two as well. Gorrell and Max Logan also scored in the bronze game.

Hunter Long had two goals and Jake Trimble had one in the bronze game for Titan.

Seven teams including ones from Whitehorse, Dawson City, Watson Lake and the hosting community competed at the championship.

Whitehorse’s ScotiaBank placed fourth, Dawson City fifth, Watson Lake sixth and Haines Junction seventh.

Watson Lake’s Jaida Allen played in net for the first time and was given the Goalie with the Biggest Heart Award.

“The kids had a great time,” said Daniels. “They love going to the communities. Haines Junction did an excellent job hosting with a banquet and a movie night.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

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