Karson Loughrey stopped all three West End Bruins he faced in the shootout, and make Callum McCormick’s goal stand up as the game-winner, in Emo’s 3-2 victory Sunday in the final of the Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association’s Atom ‘A’ tournament at the Emo-La Vallee Arena.
The Bruins trailed 2-0 entering the third period thanks to two beautiful breakaway goals by McCormick in the first and Kolton McCormick during a second-period power play.
But they tied the game with goals just over four minutes apart by Zachary Erickson after a bad clearing attempt by Emo and a bullet off the rush from Ethan Allaire.
Loughrey stopped Erickson cold on a breakaway shortly after the game was evened up, which proved vital to the chances of Emo White.
The home squad owned the overtime session, with Callum McCormick getting around downed goalie Diego Raposo in close but just sliding the puck wide of the net.
Kolton McCormick did the same soon after on another in-alone chance.
Emo White went with its leading scorer to start off the shootout and Callum McCormick didn’t disappoint–pulling off a lightning-quick backhand deke to get around Raposo and then tucking the puck into the net.
Loughrey then made a chest save on Allaire, watched Evan Masik-Paypompee lose the handle on a deke, and then slammed his right pad to the ice in time to hold off Erickson to send his team pouring onto the ice to gang-tackle the triumphant netminder.
Callum McCormick also played a big part in Emo White even making it to the final after tying the semi-final against Emo Express Green with 44 seconds to go, then stuffing home the decisive goal on a set-up from Blake Kreger just 1:33 into overtime to give his squad a 2-1 win.
Austin Mosbeck had the only goal for Emo Green.
Emo White opened play by swatting Fort Frances Gillons’ 5-1.
Callum McCormick had four goals while Kolton McCormick added the other.
Deagan Watson netted the only marker for Gillons’.
The two McCormicks then racked up four goals apiece in an 8-0 drubbing of the Kenora Bengals.
It was Callum McCormick with all five tallies in a 5-3 triumph over the Thunder Bay Elks Penguins, then getting another five in a 7-0 blanking of the Fort Frances Rainy Lake Attack.
Kolton McCormick and Karsyn McQuaker added singles for Emo White in that one.
Emo Green, meanwhile, opened with a 4-4 tie against Fort Frances Family Motor Sports.
Mosbeck netted a pair of goals while Jaelin McGinnis and Taytum Councillor added one each.
Nicholas Ogden notched two for Family Motor Sports, with Nikolas Ruppenstein and Jace Alexa getting the other goals.
West End downed Emo Green 7-2 in the squad’s second outing as Councillor notched both goals.
Emo Green got rolling again in its third game by crushing the Dryden Blues 8-0.
Councillor, Mosbeck, and Kalin Grennier each lit the lamp twice while Jaxon Strachan and McGinnis had singles.
In another shutout performance from Cohen Johnson, Emo Green blitzed the Atikokan Voyageurs 7-0.
Grennier led the way with four goals while Councillor and McGinnis had one apiece (the eighth goal scorer not identified on the scoresheet).
Emo Green finished on a high note–winning the bronze medal with a 5-3 win over the Kenora Blizzard.
Mosbeck had a hat trick in that one while Councillor netted the other two goals.
Rainy Lake went 3-2 at the tournament and won the ‘C’-event final 4-1 over Gillons’.
Kale Nelson and Tucker Calder each scored twice for the Attack while Riley Windigo had the only marker for Gillons’.
Rainy Lake nipped the Causeway Cougars 4-3 in its first game.
Simon Blanchet bulged the twine twice while Calder and Nelson had one apiece.
Griffin Webb had two of his own for the Cougars, with Kira Seguin getting the other goal.
The Penguins then edged Causeway 3-2 as Calder and Nelson had goals in a losing cause.
Rainy Lake cranked up the offence in a 7-0 wipeout of the Blizzard.
Landon Flinders and Calder sniped a pair each, with singles going to Brighton Pollard, Garrett Hanna, and Nelson as Carter Payne recorded the shutout.
Gillons’ dumped Dryden 3-1 on the first day of the tournament.
Watson had a goal and an assist, with Windigo and Miranda Wilson also scoring for Gillons’, who then stopped the Bengals 4-1.
Windigo had a pair of markers, with Watson and Ashtyn Piekarski also tallying.
It was Windigo with the tying goal in a 4-4 draw with the Penguins.
Caleb Bouvier, Reece Kabatay, and Nolan DeGagne each scored for Gillons’.
Other games for Family Motor Sports included a 5-2 loss to the Bengals, with River Whitecrow-Spoon and Alexa supplying the goals.
They also were beaten 6-3 by West End, with Ruppenstein, Alexa, and Ozzy Hanson registering a goal apiece.
Dylan Presenger’s second-period marker was good enough to give Family Motor Sports a 3-2 win over Causeway.
Alexa and Ogden had the other goals for the victors while Evan Wright and Piper Felix replied for the Cougars, who played a strong game earlier in the tournament to tie the Bruins 4-4.
Brett Brown tallied twice while Wright and Webb each scored once.
The Cougars got their lone win of the weekend in an 8-0 blanking of Atikokan.
Wright piled up four goals while Brown, Jake Woolsey, Webb, and Grady Holden had the others as Jarrett Aucoin earned the shutout.
The Novice girls take over the Emo arena this weekend for their tournament, which starts Friday and concludes Sunday.
The Emo Express, Fort Frances Heat, and Fort Frances Bruins will represent Rainy River District, with the Kenora Purple Punishers and the St. Vital Chill rounding out the field.
The ‘B’ final goes on Sunday at 9 a.m., with the ‘A’ final set for 10:30 a.m.