Tagg’s ‘AA’ Bantams

The local Tagg’s ‘AA’ Bantams allowed four-straight goals in the third period to lose 5-3 to War-road in the ‘A’ final of a hockey tournament in Roseau, Mn. last weekend.
They had led 3-0 after the first period on goals by Jamie Davis (two) and Andrew Perrault. But it was all Warroad after that.
Tagg’s had won their first two games of the tourney to reach the final, edging Baudette 3-2 and then nipping host Roseau 7-6.
Jamie Davis (three goals/two assists) and Tyler Barker (four goals/one assist) led Tagg’s with five points each. Shane Belluz added three goals.
Next stop for Tagg’s will be Jan. 18-19 in Thunder Bay.
Meanwhile, four local teams competed in the annual Robin’s Donut Classic in Thunder Bay last weekend, with the Sunset Country Ford ‘AA’ Atom Mustangs coming home as the ‘B’ champs in their division.
The Mustangs downed the Elks 82s (Thunder Bay) 3-1 in the final Sunday right after beating Hearst 5-1 in the semi-finals.
A costly loss came during their second game of pool play when the Mustangs were blanked 3-0 by Longlac, relegating them to the ‘B’ side.
The loss allowed the Mustangs’ chief Thunder Bay rival, the Norwest Stars, whom they had beaten 2-1 in the tourney opener, a trip to the ‘A’ side.
They Mustangs went on to finish pool play with a 3-1 after defeating the Neebing Hawks 2-1 and North End Flames 4-1.
“We were kind of up and down this weekend,” noted Mustangs coach Mark McCaig. “In the span of the two games, we went from our best game to our worst game.”
Jordan Davis (four goals/two assists) and Taylor Jorgenson (one goal/five assists) led the Mustangs with six points each. Kyle Herr tallied five points (three goals/two assists) while Mitchell Cain added four (two goals/two assists).
“I’m proud of the way they played,” said McCaig.
The local KC ‘AA’ PeeWees also were victims of a loss in pool play in their division, dropping to the ‘B’ side after falling 4-2 to the Westfort Ranger B’s.
They had opened play with wins over the KC Sabres 5-1 and Neebing Hawks 3-1. After the Westfort loss, they finished pool play with a 3-0 shutout over Current River.
They went on to blank the Westend Bruins 3-0 in the semi-finals but then lost to the Dryden Apollos in a shootout for the ‘B’ title.
Goals by Paul Dobransky and Andrew Easton had given the Knights a 2-1 lead after two periods, but they gave up the tying goal midway through the third.
The Apollos then edged the Knights 4-3 in a shootout.
“We played those Thunder Bay teams really well,” said Knights head coach Tony Kadikoff. “We outshot them handily. There was just some great hockey played by my team.”
Tyler Kinnear (two goals/four assists) and Eric Soucy (six assists) led the Knights offensively. Easton led the team with five goals, while Tyson Romyn netted three goals and two assists.
The KCs next will host their home tournament, which begins Friday morning at the Memorial Sports Centre.
In PeeWee ‘A’ action at the Robin’s Donuts Classic, the local IBEW Lightning gave up several late goals en route to an 0-2-2 record in pool play to miss the playoffs.
After opening with a 7-0 loss to Neebing, the Lightning gave up a goal with 15 seconds to go in a 2-1 setback to the KC Leafs.
The shoe was on the other foot when Boyd Badiuk scored with 2.8 seconds left as the Lightning earned a 2-2 tie with Westfort Foto—only to allow another goal late in the third to salvage a 4-4 tie with the Westfort Maroons.
Badiuk scored three goals on the weekend while Cole Doerk-son had two. Tyler Harris and Brandon Roden added singles.
Finally, the Times Tigers settled for a top-four finish in the Novice Minor division after going 3-1 in pool play before losing 7-3 to the Dryden Leafs in the ‘B’ semi-finals.
They had beaten the Current River Comets 3-0, the Neebing Mighty Ducks 5-0, and the Elks ANAF 4-1 before losing to the Schreiber North Stars 6-2.
Top scorers for the Tigers were Chris Legg (four goals/two assists), Darrell Bombay (three goals/two assists), Chris Bobczyn-ski (four goals/one assist), An-drew Gobeil (three goals/one assist) and Cam Badiuk (three goals/one assist).
Mike Mainville earned both shutouts in goal.