Knights ride to glory in Dryden

The local PeeWee ‘AA’ K of C Knights didn’t just visit Dryden’s house for a hockey tournament last weekend.
They walked through the house with muddy feet, wiped them on the carpet, took over the remote control, and pirated the Laz-E-Boy recliner.
There was no questioning the Knights’ dominance in Dryden as they outscored the opposition by a mind-numbing 40-3 margin in going 5-0 and capturing the overall title at the six-team event.
“We physically beat them down,” said Knights head coach Don Larson. “Our size definitely worked to our advantage.”
The Knights’ presence of power made up for the short circuiting of their roster due to injuries, which forced Larson to use only two forward lines the whole tournament.
Supreme conditioning became their greatest asset.
“The guys never ran out of gas, and they still had lots left to give,” said Larson, who was without forwards Nathan Calder and Jordan Sinclair for the tournament because of collarbone injuries that will keep them out another month.
He also had to adjust on the fly when forward Luke Judson went down Saturday with a broken bone in his arm that will keep him out of the line-up for four-six weeks.
But short of having their equipment stolen or the team vehicle run out of gas, there appeared to be nothing that could get in the Knights’ way. That theme was made crystal clear in their opening 13-0 rout over the Sioux Lookout Hawks.
Judson, Cody McCool, and Joe Basaraba each scored twice, with singles coming from Colin Barton, Mitch Cain, Zach McCool, Jamie Kaun, Matt DePiero, Evan McCabe, and Patrick Bobcznyski.
The shutout string continued in the Knights’ next contest—a 5-0 decision over the Kenora Thistles. DePiero tallied a hat trick in that one while Blake Wepruk and Cain had the others.
The Elks 82s were the next victim to be drawn and quartered by the Knights to the tune of 7-1. Zach McCool collected the hat trick, with Judson, Basaraba, DePiero, and McCabe adding singles.
Then after a 7-1 semi-final win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats from Thunder Bay (goal scorers were unavailable), the Knights sent the Dryden Apollos into orbit with an easy 8-1 win in the final.
Zach McCool and Cain had two goals apiece, with Cain adding two assists. Cody McCool, Josh Scott, Basaraba, and DePiero all netted singles.
The Knights journey to Kenora this weekend for an invitational tournament.