The 28th annual Prince-Berscheid peewee hockey tournament took place in Thompson from Jan. 17-19.
The peewee A Thompson King Miners captured silver against the Norway House North Stars, who took the Prince-Berscheid Cup by a score of 6-5 on Sunday.
The game saw incredible end-to-end action and fantastic skating. Thompson scored one goal in the first period, which was complemented by a great save by their goalie. Norway House scored two goals in the first period.
Second period action saw great effort by both teams. Thompson scored a big goal, to tie the game, which was returned by Norway House a minute or so later. Thompson was leading 5-4 in the third period but Norway House equalized the game with one minute remaining. After one period of overtime, they won the game, taking the cup during a shootout.
The peewee AA Thompson King Miners won the Doug’s Source For Sports Cup, prevailing over Flin Flon.
The peewee B Thompson Warriors dazzled a packed arena and took the gold medal against the Gillam Chargers on Sunday. Fast skating, hard shots and great goaltending characterized the game, which was very well attended by cheering fans and families. The final score was 5-2.
Flin Flon was victorious during their final game, wining the Landers Cup.
The tournament is dedicated to the memories of Blaine Prince and Jeff Berscheid, “who enjoyed life to fullest, especially hockey and the outdoors,” according to the Thompson Minor Hockey Association (TMHA). “Whether it would be at the rink or on the slopes or on a snow machine, these boys were always smiling and enjoying the moment. Blaine and Jeff had a tragic snowmobile accident on the Burntwood River in late winter.”
TMHA adds, “When Ryan Landers lost his life, the tournament was changed to include the Landers Cup in his memory. Ryan attended Westwood School. He was always very active in all types of sports especially skiing, golfing and hockey. He was very close to his teammates and always loved the excitement of the game."
Tournament co-organizer Mandy Wamboldt said the event was a success and very well planned out.
“We had a lot of volunteers that helped make it a strong event,” she said. “There were 14 teams all together, so 11 teams came in. Three home teams. It was a big tournament. I think we had 36 games all together. It takes a lot of people to put it together. And luckily we had lots of local support. Our silent auction table was almost 100 per cent donated by local businesses, and we were able to make a fair bit of money with that. All the money from this tournament goes directly back into helping families in peewee hockey. With the donations that came in from the community, it helps a lot. Jenn Hall was the other coordinator with me.”
The theme of the tournament is friends forever, explained Wamboldt.
“With the loss that some of these communities, not directly in ours, had this year which we’ve been lucky, but Flin Flon just recently lost a player that was peewee age, and there’s a little boy that just passed away in The Pas,” said Wamboldt. “So it was a big thing to talk with the kids, being a teacher myself. That is the importance of being friends forever. The kids in the tournament make friendships that they’ll have for years.”