Ponoka’s Peewee A and B teams hosted the first hockey tournament of the season with both struggling to find a place in the finals match.
The Peewee B McDonald’s lost all three of their games but team manager Jill Little says it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
“They probably played the best three games of the season so far. They had a lot of heart and a lot of hustle,” said Little.
Despite the losses, Little says coach Mark Prefontaine has been working closely with players to develop their confidence and improve their play. Compared to the start of the season, Little says the McDonald’s Peewee B team have seen great improvements.
“I think our kids have really good attitudes . . . I don’t think there was any negativity,” said Little.
She added there are also two players who have never played hockey before who have worked to improve their skills.
Manager for the Peewee A Elks, Arlene Busat, said their team played all three games in one day but were still able to capitalize on one win against the Sherwood Park Crusaders.
Playing three games in one day was a struggle for the Elks but also gave the team some important lessons.
“It’s not unusual to have at least two games in a day (at tournaments),” said Busat.
The Elks next played the Bashaw Stars and Thorsby Thunder who proved to be too tough for the Ponoka team. The Stars and Thunder ended up playing each other in the A finals with Bashaw narrowly defeating Thorsby 7-6.
Wetaskiwin Scotia Bank defeated St. Alberta Thunder 12-3 in the B finals.
Little thanked the many parents and businesses that supported the tournament over the weekend.