Leafs nab title in feisty final


The Couchiching Leafs cruised to a 9-1 win over the Red Lake Crimson Storm in the Bantam division final at the fifth-annual Chuck McPherson Youth Tournament held Sunday afternoon at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
The game was marred by poor sportsmanship and violence, with fights breaking out late in the second period and escalating throughout the rest of the game.
Eight different players were ejected as fighting is not allowed in the tournament.
Peyton Avis staked the Leafs to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals with just under five minutes to go in the first period.
Axel Johnson then netted Red Lake’s lone marker about two minutes later to cut the lead in half.
But Matt Spence bulged the twine with just three seconds left in the frame to give the Leafs a 3-1 lead through 15 minutes.
Owen Jolicouer then fired one home 4:17 into the second to make it 4-1.
Spence, Avis, Tristan Yerxa, Kael Archie, and Jolicouer all tallied in the third to round out the scoring.
Darian Klem earned the win between the pipes.
Couchiching had opened play Friday afternoon with a narrow 3-2 victory over Tebinaaks.
Trent Hunter, Avis, and Spence all tallied in that one.
The Leafs then fell to Red Lake 5-1 on Saturday morning, with Avis scoring the squad’s lone goal in the second period.
But they rebounded with a 5-3 triumph over the TBay North Stars to head into Sunday’s final with a 2-1 record.
Spence led the way with a hat trick while Karson Bibeau and Avis added singles.
In PeeWee action, Taylor Chown scored his second of the game 1:05 into overtime to lift the Toe Dragons to a 4-3 victory over the Can-Am Selects in Sunday afternoon’s final.
After a scoreless first period, Chown opened the scoring on a man advantage 2:45 into the second.
Noah McPherson then made it 2-0 when he rifled one off the crossbar and in with 8:25 left in the frame.
Jack Woods gave the Selects some life when he beat the Toe Dragons’ goalie with a shot just over the glove to trim it to 2-1 about a minute-and-a-half later.
The Selects then knotted it at 2-2 early in the third when Mathew Whereley scored.
Evan Kabel put the Toe Dragons back on top when he feathered home a shot from the point with under four minutes to go.
But not to be outdone, the Selects evened it at 3-3 with 1:50 left when Callum McCormick’s shot took a few bounces before going in to force overtime.
Chown then found some space beside the Selects’ net and jammed in the winner early in the extra frame to seal the win.
The Toe Dragons had opened play with a 10-1 rout of the N.W.O. Danglers on Friday evening.
Garrett Paull, Chown, and McPherson each scored twice to pace the attack.
The squad then doubled Emo 6-3 on Saturday morning before downing Windy’s Warriors 4-1 that evening to advance to Sunday’s final.
The Atom division title was won by the Young Guns.
The Border Water Bad Boys forfeited the semi-final game where they walked off the ice while trailing 2-1 due to what they said was bad reffing and players getting hurt.