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COMMITTED TO THE PUCK – Chad Cowen of TNT and Dwayne MacDonald of Where’s the Beef, compete for the puck during ‘A’ division Whitehorse Oldtimers Hockey League Tournament finals action.

Tuesday Night Thunder wins ‘A’ division at local Oldtimers hockey tourney

It was third time lucky for the Tuesday Night Thunder (TNT) team

By freelancer on March 10, 2017

It was third time lucky for the Tuesday Night Thunder (TNT) team as they won the ‘A’ division in last weekend’s Whitehorse Oldtimers Hockey League annual tournament in Whitehorse.

TNT had lost in the ‘A’ final the past two tournaments, but held off Where’s the Beef 5-3 in the top event Sunday at Takhini Arena.

TNT held a 3-1 lead early in the second period on goals by Brent McGowan, Nigel Cripps and Matt Kremer, but Chris Nash and Blayne Monahan quickly responded for the Beef to tie the game 3-3 with 16 minutes left. However a goal by Todd Monkman put TNT back on top and a marker by McGowan with seven minutes left sealed the deal. Mike Rispin also scored for the Beef.

In the ‘B’ final, the Rats survived a gruelling Saturday schedule, went to bed early that night, and came out fresh onSunday to hand Carmacks a 5-3 loss and claim the ‘B’ crown.

The Rats stormed out to a 4-1 lead after one period of play on goals by Peter Johnston, Rick Smith, Marcel Barrault and Mike Snow. But Carmacks woke up with two quick goals by Bryce Bekar and Vernon Asp midway through the second period to close the gap to 4-3. That’s all they could muster however, and Snow’s second of the game with five minutes remaining capped the win for the Rats. Shawn Kinsella scored Carmacks’ first goal.

Watson Lake skated away with the ‘C’ title, beating the Whitehorse C1 team 4-1 in a feisty final. Watson Lake was led by Amy Handrahan in net, who was unquestionable the C event MVP.

Don Magan, George Morgan and Darrel Peters staked Watson Lake to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. A nifty deflection by Dave White got the Whitehorse C1 team on the board, but Morgan’s second of the game into an empty net rounded out the scoring.

A total of 13 teams battled for spiffy hats and trophies in three divisions. Teams from Dease Lake, Watson Lake, Dawson, Carmacks and Haines Junction travelled to join local skaters in the event.

The Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League playoffs start March 22.

This oldtimer hockey tournament report was submitted by Bernie Adilman.

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