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Double gold for South Colchester minor hockey clubs


Power outages and a venue change couldn’t prevent two South Colchester minior hockey clubs, the Atom 1 Elks and Will-Kare Pee Wee Elks, from winning bannes this week at East Hants’ Trevor Ettinger-Jeff Smith Memorial hockey tournament.

Both teams went undefeated in their respective divisions to advance to the Championship finals. With Mother Nature wreaking havoc, the power went out at the East Hants Sportsplex delaying all games. With the Atom 1 team playing against Riverview and the Will-Kare Pee Wee Elks playing against Pictou, the organizing committee made the decision to purchase additional ice at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield. Both Elk teams would go for gold at their home rink.

In the first championship game, the Atom 1 Elks took to the ice to face Riverview. Riverview got out to a 1-0 lead before the Elks tied the game shortly after. With time running out and overtime looming, the Elks pushed hard and got the go-ahead winning goal with just 3.1 seconds left in regulation time to win the gold medal.

Next up, the Will-Kare Elks took to the ice for their 5 p.m. match up against the Pictou Maripacs. The first period was a closely fought game back and forth with both clubs pushing hard. The Elks ended the first period with a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Elks opened up their lead and ended the frame out in front 4-0. Excitement continued to build and the crowd was cheering on their Elks. In the third period Pictou pushed hard and the game continued back and forth. The Elks continued to play strong, protecting their lead. The Pictou team scored to get on the scoreboard to make the game a 4-1 contest. The peewee Elks scored one more goal midway through the third sealing the game and the gold medal championship. 

Both teams went undefeated in their respective divisions to advance to the Championship finals. With Mother Nature wreaking havoc, the power went out at the East Hants Sportsplex delaying all games. With the Atom 1 team playing against Riverview and the Will-Kare Pee Wee Elks playing against Pictou, the organizing committee made the decision to purchase additional ice at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield. Both Elk teams would go for gold at their home rink.

In the first championship game, the Atom 1 Elks took to the ice to face Riverview. Riverview got out to a 1-0 lead before the Elks tied the game shortly after. With time running out and overtime looming, the Elks pushed hard and got the go-ahead winning goal with just 3.1 seconds left in regulation time to win the gold medal.

Next up, the Will-Kare Elks took to the ice for their 5 p.m. match up against the Pictou Maripacs. The first period was a closely fought game back and forth with both clubs pushing hard. The Elks ended the first period with a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Elks opened up their lead and ended the frame out in front 4-0. Excitement continued to build and the crowd was cheering on their Elks. In the third period Pictou pushed hard and the game continued back and forth. The Elks continued to play strong, protecting their lead. The Pictou team scored to get on the scoreboard to make the game a 4-1 contest. The peewee Elks scored one more goal midway through the third sealing the game and the gold medal championship. 

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