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Members of the Moose Jaw Novice A Sharks team include from back row John Bell, Jason Peters and Dave Osberg. Middle row, from left, Arden Tangjerd, William Pitts, Ethan Peters, Dylan Heath, Evan Callaghan and Evan Osberg. Front row from left, Carter Price, Brady Jones, Brydon Bell, Josh Lincolnm Rhys Wilson, Kirk Biro and Rhett Sandbeck.
For many members of the Moose Jaw Novice A Sharks, this was their first tournament ever won as they took the title at the Moose Jaw Novice Tournament Tier II over the weekend.
“The kids were pumped, said Sharks head coach Jason Peters, “They were very very proud of themselves.”
In their first game against the Saskatoon Outlaw Aces, the Sharks dominated and won 15-0, scoring six goals in the first period, six in the second period and three in the third. Leading the way for the Sharks was Evan Callaghan with four goals, Rhys Wilson with two goals and two assists, Rhett Sandbeck with one goal, Brydon Bell with two goals and an assist, Dylan Heath with two goals, Josh Lincoln added a goal, Arden Tangjerd potted two goals and Evan Osberg chipped in two goals.
In the second game, the Sharks continued to come out strong, scoring seven goals in the first period alone, cruising to a 14- 2 win over the Regina Whalers. Bell led the way, scoring five goals — including a hat trick in the second period. Lincoln scored the opening goal and added another, Health potted one, Callaghan chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Tangjerd scored a goal and two helpers. Pitts scored two goals and Osberg added two goals and an assist.
Heading into Sunday, the Sharks had a game against the Moose Jaw Flyers, where they had to fight a little harder for the victory and a chance to go to the final game.
“Our last day had two hard games and they were totally exhausted by the end,” said Peters. “The last two games against other Moose Jaw teams and they were really close and hard fought.”
The Sharks would take a 3-0 lead into the second period, but the Flyers would fight back, scoring three of their own to tie the game up heading into the final frame, which eventually saw the Sharks break out and score four to earn the 7-4 win. Callaghan led all scorers with three goals and an assist and Heath added two goals. Scoring for the Flyers was Larissa Bohlken, Kaedyn Banilevic, Jake McLean and Atley Calvert. Tyler Critchley added two assists in the loss.
With the victory over the Flyers, the Sharks would face off against the Moose Jaw Wild in the final game and it was a hard fought battle, but the Sharks were able to hold on for the 6-4 win. In the final game, Callaghan led the way, potting his final two of 10 in the tournament, Lincoln added a goal and an assist, Heath added a goal, as did Osberg and Bell chipped in with a goal and two assists. Scoring for the Wild was Gaige Neustater and Caelean Fitzpatrick with a hat trick.
“I think having two Moose Jaw teams in the final just shows how competitive our Moose Jaw Minor Hockey teams really are compared to the rest of the province,” said Peters.