High-flying T-1/T-3 wins Steelworkers tournament

The T-1/T-3 Mine team won the A division championship of the United Steelworkers Local 6166 hockey tournament April 10 with an 8-4 win over the Refinery South team to cap off a tournament that saw them win four of their five games while never scoring fewer than five goals

The champions got off to a quick start as Alex Head, who finished the tournament as the top scorer with 17 goals and six assists, put T-1/T-3 ahead 3-0 with a natural hat trick before Derek Ceppetelli got Refinery South on the board with a power play marker 51 seconds before the second intermission. Head added two more goals in a wide-open third period, one on the power play and the other shorthanded to finish with five on the game. Jim Sabourin, Tyler Davis and Jared Kissick had the other goals for T-1/T-3, while Jesse Dumas, with a pair, and T.J. Basset scored in the final frame for Refinery South.

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The B division final saw Birchtree Mine rout the Central Shops team 11-3, going up by five before Central Shops got on the scoreboard with just over five minutes left in the second period. Trevor Parsons and Greg McKie led the way for Birchtree, each recording a pair of goals, while Steve Matechuk had two for Central Shops.

In the C division final, it was the Smelter team edging Refinery North 4-3 in overtime, with Jason Turcotte potting the game-winner with his third goal of the contest. Craig Nychyporuk also scored for the Smelter. Kevin Korzenowski, James Fyke and Mark Caddy had the goals for Refinery North.

"I was really pleased at how our membership responded," said USW Local 6166 president Murray Nychyporuk. "I had a chance to see our membership get closer. Now they're asking what the next event is. That's a positive. I think next year it's going to be even more teams."

Kissick was the second-leading scorer for the tournament, with seven goals and 12 assists, while Dumas finished third with 11 goals and three assists. The rest of the top 10 were Ceppetelli (9 G, 4 A), Turcotte (6 G, 5 A), Matechuk (6 G, 3 A), Bob Farkas of T-1/T-3 (3 G, 7 A), Tyler Cameron of the Smelter team (4 G, 3 A), Leon Gillis of Birchtree (3 G, 3 A) and Tyler Davis of T-1/T-3 (3 G, 3 A).

Tournament all-stars, as picked by tournament co-ordinator Michael Gagne, were Head, Turcotte and Ceppetelli, along with goaltender Brad Salamandyk of Birchtree and defencemen Jeff Lapointe of Central Shops and Mark Caddy of Refinery North.

Head also received the most valuable player award, while Randeep Sandhu was chosen as the most improved player.

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