Team NWT boys, girls off to winning start in hockey

Boys crush Yukon, girls slip by Alberta North

Stewart Burnett | Iqaluit
March 7, 2016
Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo Team NWT’s Justin Powder, from Yellowknife, fights for the puck in front of the Team Yukon net.

Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
Team NWT’s Justin Powder, from Yellowknife, fights for the puck in front of the Team Yukon net.

Team NWT hockey players made their mark on Monday, with both the bantam boys and junior girls winning their first matches of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Boys overwhelm Yukon

The boys crushed Team Yukon 12-1 in a lopsided game, with forward Connor Fleming contributing to eight of those goals (with six goals and two assists).

“Connor had a big game for us today,” said coach Brad Anstey.

But though the final score was heavily in Team NWT’s favour, Anstey gave credit to Team Yukon for coming out hard in the second period.

“They were down 6-0, but they came out and played extremely well, and they started getting physical, started playing the body a lot more,” he said.

Team NWT controlled play with a strong forecheck all game, causing turnovers and capitalizing on them.
Tuesday, the boys are lined up against Team Alaska and Team Nunavut. Anstey said the game plan’s not changing.

“We’ve just got to be skating, moving our feet,” he said.

nwthockey4Girls come out on top

It wasn’t a blowout, but the junior girls Team NWT came out with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Team Alberta North on the first day of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

“It was a good game,” said coach John Hill. “Both teams played really well. We’re happy with the outcome.”

He credited Davina McLeod with having a big game offensively and Lauren Ann Eggenberger leading on defence.

Partway through the game, said Hill, Team NWT broke away from its defensive systems and that’s when Team Alberta North started coming on stronger. The girls had to regroup and get back to basics.

“We’ve just got to work on our systems,” said Hill.

“We want to be a defence-first hockey team.”

The girls play Team Yukon and Team Nunavut on Tuesday.