Yellowknife wins Northern Hockey Challenge in Hay River

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The Yellowknife Flyers won the weekend’s Northern Hockey Challenge tournament in Hay River, picking up two wins from three.

Hosts the Huskies won Friday’s opening contest 8-4 but were undone by back-to-back weekend defeats – going down 14-3 and 6-4.

That’s a reversal of last year’s outcome, when the Huskies were 2-1 series winners.

The mini-tournament between the two communities celebrated its third anniversary at the weekend, having developed from an initial, larger tournament featuring seven teams spanning the North.

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“It was not what we wanted for the tiebreaker game but it was a great weekend of hockey for our community,” Hay River mayor Brad Mapes posted online.

He added: “Not looking forward to having to wear that ugly-looking orange jersey for a photo over my friendly wager with Mayor Heyck of Yellowknife.”

Donning the opposing team’s jersey has been a forfeit in place between the two communities’ mayors since the tournament’s inception, when Yellowknife’s Mark Heyck presented then-mayor of Hay River Andrew Cassidy with an example of the city’s orange uniform.

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