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Patrick Mechanical pulls out late win

Like many rinks in the area, the McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff would have its ice removed over the weekend. But not before the local crew enjoyed one final kick at the can, as 28 teams gathered for the 16th Annual Ken Creasey Houseleague Tournament.

The Bantam finals were among the closest of the day, as Walden Patrick Mechanical scored twice in the final 1:14, slipping past the Copper Cliff Braves 2-1 in the Bantam "B" championship tilt.

Justin Doyle cracked the ice on a scoreless tie midway through the third period before goals from Ben Patrick and Ian Thom secured the come-from-behind win for Walden.

The Bantam "A" final proved equally as competitive as Shane Wilkinson found the middle of an empty-net as time expired, helping the Copper Cliff Chiefs to a 4-2 win over the Westmeath Warriors.

Ryan Bell, Jarvis Hill and Christopher Verrilli joined Wilkinson on the scoresheet for the Chiefs, while Brendan Lipke and Jenna Hedden replied in a losing cause.

After surrendering a 5-1 third period lead, Copper Cliff Boston provided one final counter-punch as Ty Potvin completed his hat-trick with just eight seconds to play, lifting Boston past Copper Cliff Minnesota 6-5 in the Novice "B" final.

The Peewee "B" championship encounter stayed close for a while, before a series of goals late in the second opened the floodgates. Tristan Burkholder would finish with a four-goal performance as the Copper Cliff Eagles blanked the Valley East Renegades 6-0.

Liam Moore recorded the shutout while Alex Dupuis Koop and Darcy Godin netted one goal each for the winners. In the remaining Peewee final, the Copper Cliff Chiefs outscored the Nickel City Rocks 3-1.

Following is a breakdown of some of the finals that were played earlier in the day:

Tyke - Division "B"
Rayside-Balfour Tigercats 15
Copper Cliff Calgary 3

Tyke - Division "C"
Copper Cliff Pittsburgh 6
Copper Cliff Toronto 3

Novice - Division "A"
M'Chigeeng Thunderbirds 7
Walden Tigers 0

Novice - Division "B"
Copper Cliff Boston 6
Copper Cliff Minnesota 5

Novice - Division "C"
Copper Cliff Pittsburgh 4
Copper Cliff Braves 3

Novice - Divsion "D"
Copper Cliff Calgary 7
Copper Cliff Toronto 1

Atom - Division "A"
Rayside-Balfour Tigercats 4
Copper Cliff Boston 2

Atom - Division "B:
Copper Cliff Chicago 2
Copper Cliff Pittsburgh 1

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