Ice Chips to Canoe Quips

Mustang minute!

The Manitoulin Mustang boys’ travelled to the Burlington Bur Bear Tournament this past weekend. Being somewhat short on players, they didn’t come away with a trophy but they did pick up some valuable experience for their upcoming SSDHA playoffs. Last year, with a much more experienced team won the championship trophy. Get them next year guys!

Vintage Voyageur moves for newbie!

Manitoulin’s Kennedy Lanktree recently potted the winning goal for Laurentian Voyageurs in a 3-2 victory over Western University. Kennedy now has four goals and assists in 18 games; what a great freshman year!

Off the Rock hockey!

Having a look at this week’s Muskoka Wild stats (SPJHL) show Justice Corbiere with 15 points in 15 games, including 11 goals; Jeremiah Cooper with 15 points in 22 games and Brandon Pheasant also with 15 points but in 12 games. His total includes 9 goals. Keep up the good work guys!

The little town of Coniston was crowded with Islanders this past weekend. A good number of Island league hockey teams attended the Caisse Populaire Tournament. Included were the Little Current Midget Flyers as well as the Wikwemkoong Hawks. The Bantam teams from both towns also competed. Every team had some success but the championships eluded them.

Panther Points

On a blustery February, the Atom Manitoulin Panthers participated in the third annual 2 on 2 Backyard Pond Hockey Challenge hosted by Kohyn and Saraya Eshkawkogan. Coming out on top was Team Espanola Eagles, made up of Lucas Dubois and Liam Gray. With a skills competition that had Lucas Dubois winning the passing accuracy contest and Blake Dubois winning the shootout contest, the Dubois’ had a very good day. As a last minute fill in, even Shawn Dubois earned the Tournament puck for being the “Hustler of the Tournament.” Winning Best dressed/Most Spirited were Saraya Eshkawkogan and Cole Hughson. While facing some creative contestants, Mr. Hughson also took home the “Best Celly” award by moon-walking across the ice! With a special guest referee and goaltender, it was a fun day had by all. Coach Eshkawkogan would like to thank all sponsors and those who donated some wonderful prizes.

The Atom Panthers continued their winning ways this past week. Playing the Nickel City Flyers in Garson the Panthers skated off with a 7-1 victory. It was their 12th consecutive win; quite an accomplishment! The youngest Panther squad looks to close out their season in fine form. Hats off to the whole roster of: #50 Kallan Jones, #17 Lucas Dubois, #5 Keannu Bisschops, #16 Davin Deschenes, #10 Gage Hughson, #4 Liam Gray, #14 Charlie Halverson, #10 Noah Grenier, #18 Andrew Tabachak, #13 Camryn Ramsey, #19 Kohyn Eshkawkogan,  #21 Zaagaasge Toulouse, #31 Saraya Eshkawkogan, #8 Cole Hughson, #11 Ira Paibomsai. Good luck in the important part of the season, team!

Keep the weekend of March 10-12 open if you enjoy fast-paced hockey. The Manitoulin Panthers will host the NOHA Bantam B Tournament of Champions (TOC) event in Little Current and the action will be furious. Besides our reps other teams attending will be: West Ferris Trappers, Sault Major B, Powassan Hawks, West Nipissing Sting, Porcupine Gold Kings, Timmins North Stars, North Channel Lightning, Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds and the Wawa Travelers. Come out and see some of the North’s highly-skilled players!

Manitoulin women’s team take tournament

Watch out for the Frosty Beavers, should you be a member of a ladies’ hockey team. It seems that the Frosty ones can skate and shoot. Apparently they won the ladies division of this past weekend’s Little Current Hockey tourney. Players on the roster included: Ali Young, Samantha Fey, Nat Hastings, Kathryn Corbiere, Leslie Taylor, Maggie Ziegler, Amy Mavec, Catherine Chandler, Gabby Esposto, Santanna Francis and bench boss, Mike McCulligh. Congratulations beaver dames!

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