TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS / SUBMITTED PHOTO The 12th annual Wild hockey tournament took over the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy Nov. 8-11. The tournament featured three different divisions (female, men’s B and men’s A) playing games around the clock.

Another successful ‘Wild’ hockey tournament hits the North Island

The 12th annual Wild hockey tournament held around the clock games on Remembrance Day weekend, with teams competing in three divisions for the chance to hold up the tournament trophy.

The women’s final was held on Sunday, Nov. 11, and it was the Juiceheads who ended up facing off against the Wild.

The game ended up not being very close, as the Juicehead’s would get out to an early lead thanks to two goals from Emily Heavenor, and then they continued to build on the lead, ultimately skating away with a 6-2 victory, thanks to goals coming from Kaleigh Murray, Kerrigan Sharpe, and Kirstie Bradshaw (x2).

The Men’s B-final was up next right after, with the Port McNeill Devils and the Port Hardy Ducks taking over the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena before a half-hour break was held for a Remembrance Day ceremony.

The Devils would go on to hammer the Ducks 8-2, thanks to goals from Clayton Bono (x2), David Charlie (x2), Carson Strang, Ethan Bono, Kolbey Antonelli, and Joshua Walkus.

After that, it was time for a rematch between the Warriors and the Moose Knuckles in the men’s A-final.

The Moose Knuckles came out aggressive, scoring two goals in the first period thanks to Jack Kennelly, but the Warriors didn’t lay down and quit on themselves.

In the second period they started to find the back of the net, with two unanswered goals coming from Eddie Walkus and David Shaw to tie things up 2-2.

With time running down, Darryl Coon Jr. ended up playing the role of the hero for the Warriors, banging in the game winning goal with 41 seconds left on the clock.

All told, it was another hugely successful Wild hockey tournament here on the North Island.

 

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