The York Landing Smurfs racked up a big win over the Tataskweyak Cree Nation Blues in the final of the Keewatin Tribal Council hockey tournament at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena March 10, scoring four times in the opening period en route to a 10-2 win for bragging rights and the cash prize.
Preston McLeod opened and closed the scoring in the contest, taking a lead pass at the blueline and skating in alone to put the Smurfs up 1-0 less than four minutes into the game. He also put his team into double digits with his fourth goal of the game with 1:47 left to play, at which point the Blues accepted the inevitable and let the clock run out. That was McLeod’s second tally of the final frame and he also scored once in the second period.
Albert Sinclair and Trent North had a pair of goals each for the Smurfs, who claimed their first KTC tournament title. Justin Highway and Alex Redhead had York Landing’s other two goals, while Kelly Ouskun and Dustin Flett had goals for the Blues in the second and third periods. North was stopped on a penalty shot in the first period after the referee disallowed an apparent goal scored into an empty net with the Blues goalie out of the crease because the net had been knocked off the moorings.
In the old-timers division final, Eddie Wood of the Bunibonibee Cree Nation Selects completed a hat trick on a slapshot goal with 1:36 left in overtime to give his team a 4-3 win over the Tataskweyak Chiefs.