It was an all Bentley final in the Bentley Canucks Minor Hockey Novice Tournament that ran December 11, 12, 13.
For the first time in many years, Bentley is proudly icing two Novice hockey teams for the seven and eight year olds – the Bentley Mighty ‘Nucks and the Bentley Canuckleheads. In this home tournament both won all three of their division games to place them first in each division meaning they met each other in the final game on Sunday.
After a hard fought match up, which was visible on many of the player’s faces, the Mighty ‘Nucks came out on top 8-4.
The Mighty ‘Nucks had won their three division games with scores of 5-4, 9-3 and 9-5 while the Canuckleheads had won their games 7-4, 8-7 and 7-0.
In the final game, the MVP’s were Easton McKinlay for the Mighty ‘Nucks and Harper Walker on the Canuckleheads. Winning“Heart and Hustle” was Saydee Zarantonello for the Mighty ‘Nucks and Max Burris on the Canuckleheads.
Coach for the Mighty ‘Nucks is Kelly McKinlay with assistants Pat Madden, Scott Dickson and Shaun Woroschuk and manageris Heidi McKinlay.
The Canuckleheads coach is Ryan Walker with Will Kingma, Rick Wells and manager Joclyn Walker.
Other teams competing included the Rocky Roadrunners who were second in Division 1 and the Sylvan Lake Castaway SportsLakers who finished second in Division 2.
There were two teams from Bentley, two teams from Sylvan Lake, two from Airdrie, one from Rocky and one from Eckville.
Support from the area continues to be tremendous with 40 sponsors listed, about 35 items on the raffle tables, and awonderful bunch of volunteers.
The arena concession offered a special all weekend. Weather did cause some travel concerns but couldn’t deter the play.