Juneau teams win tournaments in Yukon Territory

Squirts and mites secure top honors in Canada

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Two of the Juneau Douglas Ice Associations' travel teams captured tournaments in Yukon Territory.

The JDIA squirts, a 9- to 10-year-olds division, won the Yukon Championships in Teslin on Jan. 28. The mites, a 7- to 8-year-olds division, captured the Spirit of 2010 Novice Hockey Tournament in Haines Junction last weekend.

In Haines Junction, the mites won the Spirit of 2010 for the second-straight year Sunday with an 8-0 rout of Whitehorse Wal-Mart.

The win avenged an earlier 8-0 loss to Wal-Mart on Friday. The mites finished second to Wal-Mart after pool play.

In the semifinal round, the mites nipped Whitehorse Klondike Motors 4-3 in overtime. Juneau defenseman Ryan Liebelt converted a breakaway opportunity to win in overtime.

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The tournament featured more than 110 players from Yukon Territory, including the mites, coached by Jeff Morehouse.

The squirts, led by coach Steve Baseden, outscored opponents 55-8 and recorded three shutouts in six victories.

After opening round-robin play with a 12-5 win over Pearson Dental, a 11-1 win over Watson and shutouts of Gem Gas and Esso Tigers, the squirts cruised into the playoffs.

The squirts defeated Teslin 4-2 in the semifinals before beating Watson Lake 6-0 in the finals.

Tod Baseden led the squirts in scoring with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points.

Rush Baker added 17 points, Cole Cheeseman posted 15 points and Jonathan Weston chipped in 14 points.

Also for the JDIA squirts, Zach Hebert posted 13 points, Kaipo West had nine, Ty Scott added seven, Joe Spencer had six, Cory West contributed five and Liam McDermott posted a goal and two assists for three points.

McDermott and Alec May combined in goal to record three shutouts and allow just eight combined goals in six games.

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