The 44th edition of the VEMHA (Valley East Minor Hockey Association) Tyke/Novice/Atom Tournament wrapped up last Sunday, with championship banners very nicely distributed, both throughout local groups, but also with a decent mix of out of town teams.
Maxim Thibeault scored his second goal of the game with 1:25 remaining, propelling the Chapleau Huskies to a 4-3 win over the VEMHA Black & Green in the Sr Tyke final.
Colten Caron and Tanner Moreau accounted for the final two Chapleau goals, while Tanner Morris, with two, and Evan Ouimet replied for the Black & Green.
The Novice "A" banner stayed at home, as Valley East Caisse Populaire stopped the Nickel Centre Home Hardware Icebreakers 7-1. Tyson Vitali showed the way for Caisse Pop with a hat-trick, with remaining tallies coming courtesy of Meghan Paquette, Kaylee Gravel, Zacharie Charette and Justin Dandeneau.
Karsen Deschenes manage to sneak home the only puck that would elude goaltender Evan Doyle. As is traditionally the case, the Jr Tyke final produced a bevy of goals, with the Wikwemikong Thunderhawks outscoring the NC Industrial Crushers 12-8.
Wikwemikong goal scorers included Radim Eshkawkogan (2), Treyton Manitowabi (2), Alyssa Peltier (2), Olive-Marie Bomberry (2), Mylah Trudeau (2), Trinity Cheechoo and Jolton Pitawanakwat.
Liam Roberts (3), Noah Bianconi (3), Liam Koski and Karly Cowen-Lafreniere found their way on to the opposite side of the scoresheet.
A three goal performance from Hayden Wells powered the North Channel Lightning past the Sudbury Senators 3-1, with Austin Simon netting the only goal for the SMHA reps in the Novice "B" final.
Even closer still in the Novice "C" gold medal affair, as Jacob Lamoureux and Tyler Huffman both hit the mark for the Rayside Icecats, leading the team to a 2-1 win over the Powassan Hawks. Aydin Bemarie drilled home the only Powassan goal.
In Atom "A" action, a third period power-play goal from Sakin Daoust made the difference, as the Dreamcatchers edged the VEMHA Smartech Spartans 2-1. Markell Werbiski-Steer (Dreamcatchers) and Landon Doyle (Smartech) traded goals in rounding out the scoring.
The Timmins Custom Concrete Atoms would score no less than three short-handed goals, upending the Gore Bay Bruins 4-1 in the Atom "C" championship encounter. Owen Carrière scored twice with his team a man short, with Brayden Girard netting the other, and Cameron Turcotte capping things off.
Eli Lock scored on the power-play for the Bruins. Finally, Atom "B" bragging rights were retained close to home, as the Sudbury Timberwolves downed the Walden Nissan Titans 5-1.
Christian Hodgins and Liam Love scored two goals apiece for the T-Wolves, with Ben Smith recording the final tally, while Johl Palys replied in a losing cause for the Titans.