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.
“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.
— Mark Heyck (@MarkHeyck) March 14, 2013