Blazers win boys’ gold in high school hockey

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Bluefield wins girls' title

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Kinkora Blazers successfully defended their Bluefield High School friendship hockey tournament championship recently.

This was the third annual tournament, which is sponsored by Co-op Energy and Esso, and featured both boys and girls’ divisions

The Blazers defeated the Colonel Gray Colonels 6-1 in the winner-take-all final played at MacLauchlan Arena on the UPEI campus in Charlottetown.

Garrett Murray, who was named the championship game’s most valuable player, led the Blazers with three goals and one assists. Murray and his linemates, CJ McCardle (1-2) and Nicolas VanderVelden (two assists), combined for nine points and were dominant each and every time they were on the ice.

Kane Johnston and Michael Lawless also scored for the Blazers while Logan Heffel (3), Jarrett Mulligan (2), Garrett Harkness (2), Allan Larsen and Bronson Mayne chipped in with assists.

Brady Rush netted the lone Colonel Gray goal.

Winning goaltender Tyler Bell played an outstanding game for the Blazers, and Cam Duffy was between the pipes for the Colonels.

Round robin

The Blazers, who needed two goals in the final two minutes, opened the tournament with an entertaining 3-2 victory over the Westisle Wolverines.

In their second game, the Blazers defeated the Kensington Torchmen by a score of 3-1, and Kinkora dropped its final round-robin game 2-1 to the Three Oaks Axemen. The Blazers advanced to the championship game only after the Wolverines defeated the Axemen 3-2 in a shootout.

Girls

On the girls’ side, Kinkora and Kensington combined to ice a team that advanced to the championship game against the Bluefield Bobcats. Bluefield posted a 5-1 victory to claim its first tournament banner.

Dianna McKenna opened the scoring midway through the first period of the final. Marilyn Fortin and Ashley Andrews each scored in the middle frame to put Bluefield up 3-0.

Makayla Oatway got the Kinkora/Kensington team on the board in the third period, but Sasha Joyce and Justine Campbell added some late insurance to secure the win.

Ashley Stead and Julia MacDonald shared the goaltending duties for Bluefield. Jenna MacDonald was in goal for Kinkora.

Organizations: Co-op Energy, Esso

Geographic location: Kinkora, Kensington

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