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KCs capture own tourney crown

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The local KC ‘AA’ PeeWee hockey team weren’t gracious hosts last weekend, winning their own tournament by doubling the River East Marauders (Winnipeg) 6-3 here Sunday in the final.

Ian Lockman led the way with three goals and an assist. Jeremy Bell scored a pair and added two assists while Dennis Morrison netted the other goal.

Kim Fowler, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Goalie, picked up the win between the pipes.

The KCs reached the final with a narrow 3-2 win over Sioux Lookout earlier Sunday. Andrew George, assisted by Bell and Lockman, tallied the game-winner midway through the third period.

Lockman and Bell scored the other KC goals in that one.

River East advanced to the final with an 8-5 win over Neebing.

The KCs opened the 12-team tourney Friday with a 3-2 victory against the Westfort Rangers. Bell (two) and Morrison were the marksmen.

They improved to 2-0 later that night with a 6-0 shutout over the Elks 82’s. Lockman notched the hat trick while Morrison, Bell, and George added singles.

Josh Leatherdale recorded the shutout in goal.

But the KCs didn’t breeze through the tournament with an unblemished record as the Volunteer Bearcats (Thunder Bay) upset them 4-2 on Saturday. Lockman scored both goals in the loss.

Then facing a must-win situation to keep their tournament title dreams afloat, the KCs rebounded with a 4-2 victory over the Neebing Hawks on Saturday night.

Bell netted a pair of goals in that one while Lockman and Jermaine Attatise also scored.

The KCs were coming off a tournament win in Baudette the weekend before, beating the host team 4-3 in overtime in the final on a goal by Bell.

They advanced to the final there with a 4-2 win over Roseau and then a 6-4 victory against the Emo Predators, who compiled a 3-2 record at the KC tournament here last weekend.

Emo opened play Friday with a pair of victories, starting with a 5-1 win over River East on goals by Brian Vargas (two), Jamie Davis, Jordan Wilson, and Tyler Barker.

They went on to dump the Westfort Rangers 5-3, with Davis (two), Shawn Makinson, Mike Niskala, and Joel Baker all scoring.

But Emo then was trounced 7-2 by the Neebing Hawks on Saturday before doubling the Norwest Stars 4-2 (no goal scorers were available for either game).

They wrapped up action Sunday with a tight 3-2 loss to the Westfort Rangers in the fifth-place game. Davis scored both Emo goals in a losing cause.

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