The Estevan Crazy Boys won once in seven games at the CBC "Hockey Night in Canada" Redwood Cup National Street Hockey Tournament in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but the tournament was still a great experience, said goaltender and captain Jeremy Godfrey.
“Getting to play a bunch of people from around Canada, to play top-level teams, and to be part of top-class hockey in Canada is great,” said Godfrey.
Estevan was in the grinder with 41 other teams from across the country. The Crazy Boys dropped four games during the tournament's opening day, losing 12-1 to the Loon River Stars, 10-2 to the Stratford Seals, 11-1 to the Kelowna Roadrunners and 11-1 to the Montreal Gunners.
Kolby Fleury had the lone loss against Loon River, while Brody Stark and Michael Fleury tallied versus Stratford.
Stark scored against Kelowna; Estevan trailed by just a goal at half-time, but then Kelowna pulled away.
Kolby Fleury was the only goal scorer versus the Gunners.
Estevan's offence awakened in an 11-8 win against the Hamilton Kings in Estevan's first game of the second day. Kolby Fluery scored four times, while Stark and Michael Fleury each had three goals. Christian Recolaso also scored.
“It was very important to us to know that we had the talent to beat some of these teams, and it was exciting because that was our goal,” said Godfrey. “Our goal was to do the best we can, and if we could get a win, that’d be perfect.”
The Crazy Boys finished off the round robin with a 13-3 loss against the Steel City Sauce. Stark, Kolby Fleury and Mike Fisher were the goal scorers.
Estevan's tournament came to an end in a 13-6 loss to the Toronto Dumpsters in the playoff round. Kolby Fleury scored five times and Michael Fleury had the other goal.
Jeremy Godfrey was in goal for all seven games, and he said it wasn't easy. The games were played at three-on-three, so the hockey was fast-paced, and he faced a lot of shots on goal.
The Crazy Boys qualified for the Redwood Cup earlier this year when they finished third at a tournament in Regina, and were slotted as a wildcard team.