Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Off their Rock, hockey!

The Sudbury Lady Wolves U18 AA Tier 1 team was off to Toronto again this past weekend for the annual Leaside March Madness tournament. The girls got off to a roaring start, steamrolling Thunder Bay 6-1, defeating the home and eventual tourney winner, Leaside team, 3-1, and downing Barrie by the identical 3-1 score.

In the quarter final match-up, the girls kept it going, rolling over Ontario Hockey Academy 6-0 to set a semi-final date with the familiar North Bay Ice Boltz. Despite having never lost to the NB side this season, the girls found themselves down 2-0 before Delaney Bridgeman fought for the puck in the corner, dug it out and centred to a wide open Jacinta Eshkawkogan, who zipped a wrister past the Boltz netminder. However, 2—1 would be as close as they got, as the Boltz responded with another that saw them off to the finals with a 3-1 victory. Delaney and Jacinta, along with Espanola’s centre, Breanna Coyne, had an outstanding offensive weekend, scoring eight of the team’s goals.

Mindemoya’s Jack Bridgeman and his U13 AA Nickel City Junior Sons team had a chance to avenge their playoff loss with a pair of games against the Temiskaming Shores U13 A Puckhounds at Centennial Arena in Sudbury on Saturday. In the opener, Jack scored the game winner in a 3-2 win and notched the insurance goal in the afternoon’s 2 -0 victory.

Skiing Siblings Medal!

Charles and Nicole Skippen headed east to visit family over the March Break and threw in a downhill ski race to boot! It was a local club event in their Mom Rachel’s hometown, at the Mount Martin Ski Club in Deep River.

Charles won the Boys’ 12 and under ski race and his younger sister Nicole came in second against the eight and unders. Great job, Nicole and Charles. Next year, Danika?

Volleyball anyone?

If anyone is getting nostalgic for volleyball there is a tournament planned for Easter weekend at the AOK Four Directions Complex. Teams are to be co-ed and $250 for your team’s entry.

The event is in memory of Brandon and Noah Ominka baa. Please contact Gerard Baibomcowai or Dana Ominikamigo on Facebook for more information.

Fishing fiends catch cash!

Cash and heaps of prizes were given out to lots of the 36 Central Manitoulin anglers over the March Break derby, thanks to generous local businesses.

In the veteran, 13- to 18-year-old division, the 1st place winners were Mackenzie Hempel with her 13” Longest Perch, $150 cash (Jake’s); Mackenzie Hempel with a 20” Longest Walleye/Pickerel, $150 cash (Jake’s); and Zach Cooper with his 28.5” Longest Lake Trout, $150 cash (Jake’s).

The 2nd place recipient was Sable Powsey with a 12.125” Longest Perch (fishing gear worth $100 from Up Top Sports Shop).

The Longest Walleye went unclaimed but the prize was redrawn randomly and went to Abbie Heins.

Navaeh Harper took Longest Lake Trout  with her 26.5” offering, $100 (Up Top).

Third place winners were Kohan Campbell with his 12” Longest Perch, $50 gift card (courtesy of Buie’s Grocery).

The unclaimed Longest Walleye ($50 Buie’s) was drawn randomly for Sable Powsey.

Madison Smith won Longest Lake Trout with her 21.25” fish ($50 Buie’s gift card).

In the young but capable 12 and under division, the 1st place winners were Lily Carrick with 13 and 3/8” Longest Perch, $100 cash (Mountain View Resort). Keegan Cranney battled a 27.5” lake trout for $100 cash from Mountain View Resort.

The 2nd place winners were Lilly Smith, 13” Longest Perch, $50 cash (Wilson’s Corner Store) and Graeme Becks, 26” Longest Lake Trout, $50 cash (Wilson’s).

The 3rd place prizes went to Samara Watson, 11 and 15/16” Longest Perch, $35 cash (Kat’s Pet Supply) and finally, Anders Watson had a 17” lake trout for $35 cash from Kat’s Pet Supply

Since there were so many prizes to be awarded there were many extra draws and mystery length prizes thanks to other sponsors like Manitoulin Chrysler, Driving Forward garage, Manitoulin Tree Service and Melvin E. Van Horn Insurance Brokers Ltd.

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