After the exciting 5-4 overtime win last year for the Yellowknife firefighters, fans were expecting another close game.
However, this year’s event was anything but a nail-biter.
The RCMP jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from Andrew Tucker. The Mounties’ lead grew to as big as 4-1, but the firefighters came back and the first period ended with a score of 4-3.
The second period was a back and forth affair, resulting in a score of 8-6 after two.
Coming into the third period, everyone expected the game to remain tight, as it was last year, and had been for 40 minutes. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
G Division came out strong and scored four unanswered goals to claim this year’s Memorial Hockey Challenge. The final score was 12-6.
All proceeds from this year’s event went towards the family of Deagan Clavette, a young Hay River boy battling a rare form of mast cell disease, and YK Cares.