Emo squad brings home Bantam gold

The Emo Bantam Stars invaded Atikokan for their annual hockey tournament last weekend and came home with the ‘A’ championship.
It was the team’s third ‘A’ crown this season and lifted their tournament record for 2003-04 to an incredible 23-1.
The Stars faced the Williams Flyers (Atikokan) in Sunday’s ‘A’ final and after a scoreless first period, Emo found themselves trailing 1-0 on Jordan MacQuarrie’s goal at 8:08 of the second.
That score held up until seven minutes into the third when Wendell Smith (Ryan Witherspoon/Andrew Friesen) tied the game at 1-1.
Then after Graham Dyck had put Atikokan back on top 2-1, Friesen (Witherspoon) netted the equalizer with less than three minutes to go to send the game into overtime.
Terry Carmody made no mistake four-and-a-half minutes in the extra frame, scoring to give Emo yet another tourney title.
Emo had opened the tourney with a clash against the Moffat Flyers (Atikokan)—jumping out to a 4-0 lead before hanging on for a 4-3 victory.
Carmody scored twice in the first period, the first time unassisted and the second assisted by Chris Mutz and Mark Clifford. Chris Strachan (Mutz/Witherspoon) added a single.
After a scoreless second period, Friesen (Carmody, Matt Badiuk) found the range at 13:35.
Atikokan then stormed back with three goals in five minutes, but it turned out to be too little, too late.
The Stars controlled play from the drop of the puck in their second game against Sioux Lookout (White), getting a goal in the first period, three in the second, and three more in the third.
Badiuk, Witherspoon, and Carmody all led the way with two goals each, with Strachan adding a single. Clint Brown drew an assist on Carmody’s first goal of the second period.
Emo also had little trouble against Sioux Lookout (Blue), cruising to a 5-0 win on goals by Witherspoon (two), Carmody, Mutz, and Chris Strachan.
But it was a much different story in the Stars’ round-robin game against the KC Sabres (Thunder Bay). The seesaw battle ended with a 4-3 victory by Emo in a shootout after overtime had solved nothing.
Tyler Cottam notched the game-winning goal in that one.
Badiuk and Strachan had given Emo a 2-0 lead in the first. Then after the Sabres had tied it in the second, Friesen made it 3-2 for the Stars at 11:31 of the third.
But that lead didn’t hold up as Spencer Smith’s second goal tied the score and sent the game to overtime.
The Stars then wrapped up round-robin play with a perfect 5-0 record after downing the Williams Flyers 2-0.
Strachan scored with just 12 seconds left in the first period to give Emo the early lead. Then after a scoreless second, Badiuk (Strachan/Cottam) netted the insurance marker to seal the win.