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Lac Seul teams win both March break hockey tournaments

Thursday January 9, 2014

The Lac Seul Eagle’s third straight championship at the Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament is Wawatay’s #2 Sports story of the year.

“I think them running two lines as opposed to us running four lines, and keeping all our lines rolling, really tired them out,” said Lac Seul forward Clinton Kejick about his team’s success. “You need more than just two lines to compete in this tournament.”

The Eagles won the A-championship game 11-3 against the Bushtown Jets, from Eabametoong, who lost their goalie Colin Shawinimash after he was injured during a second-period collision with the Jets leading 3-2.

“I don’t know what it was, an elbow or a knee (that hit me),” Shawinimash said. “The shock went right down my back.”

Shawinimash stayed in the game, but soon after the Eagles tied the score at 3-3, he left the game and was replaced by Elmer Slipperjack, who was beaten by Eagle forward Jeremy Schenderling on the first shot he faced.

After Jets captain Leo Atlookan collapsed and left the game due to a suspected broken rib, Eagles forward Kyler Ackewance scored a shorthanded goal.

The tournament featured just 17 teams, down from the usual 32 teams due to a competing tournament in Dryden, which was won 6-3 by the Lac Seul Obish through a balanced attack against the Sandy Lake Chiefs, with nine players recording points.

The Hudson Bay Cree, from Fort Severn, beat the Kingfisher Lake Flyers 9-1 in the B-championship game in the Sioux Lookout tournament.

The Dryden tournament featured the Keewaywin Hawks beating the Pikangikum Moose 4-2 in the B-championship game and the Neskantaga Wolf Pack beating the Muskrat Dam Raiders 9-6 in the C-championship game.

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