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Chargers win North Dakota tournament

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Members of the Estevan Power Dodge Bantam A Chargers celebrate following their victory at a tournament in Grand Forks, N.D. (Photo submitted)

The Estevan Power Dodge Bantam A Chargers were the class of a tournament that was held from December 6 to 8 in Grand Forks, N.D.

The Chargers opened the tournament with three straight lopsided round-robin victories. First was an 18-1 win over a team from St. Boniface, Manitoba, a game that the Chargers led 4-1 after the first period.

Then they picked up an 11-0 shut out win over the squad from Lake of the Woods, Ontario. Finally, they routed the Winnipeg Lazers 9-1.

Estevan's 3-0 record in the round-robin put them in the tournament finale against the Fargo Freeze. The Chargers won that game 4-1.

The two teams were scoreless after the first period, and they were tied 1-1 in the second. Estevan scored what proved to be the winning goal late in the middle frame, and added the insurance tally on the first shift of the third.

The Chargers' final goal was scored into an empty net.  

“They hadn't been beaten all year, so they're a very good team,” said assistant coach Trevor Morrison. “They're a little bit smaller than us, but they have good skill. It was a good game.”

Morrison was pleased with the team's defensive play throughout the tournament, and it resulted in them giving up just three goals against in four games.

“We had well-rounded scoring,” said Morrison. “All three forward lines were scoring.”

Their goalie, Ashlyn Taillon, also played well throughout the tournament, he said.

Morrison said it was the first time that some of their players had won a tournament.

The Chargers have yet to lose a game this year.

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The Estevan Power Tech Midget AA Panthers swept a pair of home games over the Regina Ravens, winning 7-4 on December 7 and 1-0 on December 8.

Regina had a 4-2 lead with a minute remaining in the second period of the first game, but the Panthers scored once in the second and four times in the third for the comeback victory.

Hailey Dukart scored twice and added two assists. Jenna Grube, Michaella Matthies, Lacy Smith, Macy Earl and Brooklyn Dukart also scored.

Brianna Cote was in goal.

Cassidy Siebert's marker with nine minutes to play in the first period was the only goal in the second game between the two teams.

Litesha Spittal earned the shutout for the Panthers.

Estevan's record in league play is 8-4-1. They'll host the Diefenbaker Thunder on December 14 at 1:15 p.m., and visit the Notre Dame Hounds on December 15.

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The Estevan Senchuk Atom A Mustangs dropped a 4-3 decision on home ice against the Moose Jaw Warriors on December 7.

Bailey Farr had all three goals for Estevan. She opened the scoring in the first period, but Moose Jaw scored the next four goals to lead 4-1. Farr then scored in the second and third periods to pull Estevan within a goal.

Taylor Dickie was in goal.

Estevan's record is 6-4. They'll host the Weyburn Blizzard on December 14 at 2:15 p.m. at Spectra Place, and the Regina Blizzard on December 15 at 3 p.m. at the Icon Centre.

 


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