The local Gillons’ Sharks Atom ‘A’ team headed east last weekend to play in the 23rd-annual Neebing Hockey Classic in Thunder Bay—their last tournament of the season.
The team went undefeated in the round-robin and then won their quarter-final matchup. But they lost the semi-final as well as the ‘B’ final to wind up in fourth place overall.
“The kids were all pumped,” said coach Kerry Grinsell. “We had an excellent tournament.”
The Sharks opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over the Elks Power Skating Ducks. Ryan Lundy got the locals on the scoreboard in the first, with Bryce Johnson (Dylan Grinsell) adding another before the end of the period.
Matthew Watson (Tim Metke) scored in the second while Brett McMahon netted the game-winning goal in the final period.
In their second game against the Neebing Blue Jackets, also a 4-3 win, the Sharks’ scoring was split between McMahon and Brett Bodnarchuk, who each had two goals.
Bodnarchuk also assisted on both of McMahon’s goals in the first period while McMahon drew an assist on Bodnarchuk’s goal. His other goal was unassisted.
The Sharks then met the West End Bruins for their third round-robin game and cruised to a 6-0 victory. Johnson (Brady McMahon/Lundy) and Bodnarchuk (Garnet Paxton/Jordan Morrison) led the attack with two goals each.
Lundy (Matthew Watson) and Brett McMahon also scored for the Sharks.
And it was another shutout in the quarter-finals as the Sharks blanked Elks Zellers 4-0.
Brett McMahon provided most of the offence with a hat trick (the first unassisted, with the other two assisted by Brady McMahon and Lundy, respectively) while Metke (Morrison) netted the other goal.
But it was a different story in the semi-finals as the Sharks were dumped 8-2 by the Nipigon Elks Atoms. Gillons’ snipers were Bodnarchuk (Cody Ward) and Morrison (Johnson).
That loss led the Sharks to the ‘B final,’ where they lost a tight 2-1 contest to the Current River Comets. Brett McMahon (Ward) got their lone goal.