Crow Lake squad claims tourney title


The local Crow Lake Midget hockey team downed Summer Beaver 2-0 on Sunday to nab the tourney title at the Northern Youth Hockey Championship in Lac Seul.
Coach Gerald Arch-Kelly, who is from Onigaming First Nation, has provided Couchiching First Nation youth with the opportunity to extend their hockey seasons.
The boys and girls on the squad, despite being the smallest team in the tourney, dug in deep and had no quit en route to the championship.
Crow Lake won its first game 5-1 against Slate Falls, followed by dropping a narrow 2-1 decision to Summer Beaver.
Then against Mishikan Lake they dropped another one-goal decision 3-2.
But the squad rebounded in their fourth game by exacting revenge on Mishikan Lake with a 7-6 overtime victory to advance to the final against Summer Beaver.
Despite missing four players during the game, Crow Lake came out on top with Ethan Rose earning the shutout and also grabbing MVP honours.
Making up the rest of the squad are Jeremy Archie, Jordan Carpenter, Brevan Tallinder, Cameran Mandamin, Jaran Copenace, Adam Morrisseau, Matthew Mainville, Mike Ward, Adam George, Kiera Boshey, Savannah Prince, Leah Archie, and Dakota Medicine.
Chris Mainville and Travis George, meanwhile, are the other coaches.
Matthew Mainville tallied two goals and six assists, Morrisseau had six markers, Mike Ward had nine goals, and George scored 10 goals over the course of the tournament.