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Strippers tournament offered a lot of hockey

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The Estevan Wildcats beat the OHL Hooters, and other teams, en route to winning the Century 21 division.

This year's Estevan Strippers hockey tournament featured five days of hockey, with 36 teams spread out over eight divisions.

Games were played in the evenings of April 2 to 4, and throughout the day on the 5th and the 6th. Affinity Place, the Civic Auditorium and the Icon Centre were all used for the tournament.

One of the divisions, the Century 21 Terry Germain Division, was reserved for female teams. The Estevan Wildcats took first place for the second straight year, as they defeated the Oxbow Hot Dawgs 5-0 in the championship game.

The Norquay Nighthawks beat the Bienfait Bulldogs 4-0 in the third place game, and the Swan Valley Extreme shut out the OHL Hooters 5-0 in the fifth place contest.

In the Ray Frehlick Division for over-45 teams, the Regina Slow Shots repeated as champions with a 6-1 win over the Weyburn Ambassadors. The Estevan Viking 45s beat the Estevan Capitals 11-4 in the third place game, and the Woodley White 45s defeated the Yorkton Old Relics 9-4 in the fifth place match-up.

In the Bill Dutton Division, the Carson Wings doubled up the Brandon North 40 8-4 in the gold medal game, and the Indian Head Saints edged the Estevan Tower Wolves 45s 6-5 for third place.

In the Preston Meyer Memorial Division, the Lumsden Rockers beat the Estevan Eclipse 7-6 in overtime. Former NHL forward Garth Murray had a hat trick for Lumsden, including the game winning goal. The Oxbow Coyotes defeated the Regina Blackouts 7-4 in the third place game.

In the Sherritt Coal Division, the Estevan Tap House Rookies defeated the Souris Valley Sioux 5-4 in the first place game, and the Estevan Flyers routed the Alameda Red Army 12-2 for third.

The Estevan 89ers won the Einar and Rod Fagerheim Memorial Division with a 9-6 victory over the Avonlea Antiques. And the Estevan Sharks beat the Regina Nordics 3-2 in the third place game.

In the Days Inn Division, the Carnduff Chiefs blew out the Carlyle PureChem Hawks 9-3 to take first place, while the Estevan Cougars beat the Regina Piranhas 8-5 for third.

The Weyburn Thrashers beat the Estevan Tower Wolves for first in the Tap House Division, while the Estevan Vikings needed overtime to beat the Woodley Whites 5-4 in the third place game.

Several awards were handed out in the tournament. Gary Deters of the Indian Head Saints, who is 68 years old, won the Canadian Adult Recreation Hockey Association oldest player award.

The Weyburn Ambassadors took the Tap House Sportsmanship Award, which is awarded to the team that has the fewest penalties minutes among those that play two round-robin games. Weyburn took just one two-minute minor penalty.

The Carlyle PC Hawks captured the James Schroeder Memorial Sportsmanship Award for teams that play three times in the round robin. They had just two penalty minutes.

The Strippers use funds from the tournament, and their cabarets on the third and fourth nights of the event, to support many organizations. More than $110,000 has been donated to local teams and charities in the last 15 years.


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