Parkland Valley clinches gold in boy’s hockey

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With Prince Albert’s Lakeland boy’s hockey team shut out of the medal race, the gold medal game came between Parkland Valley and Southeast -- a game Parkland Valley won with room to spare.

 

“Our guys came in with a focus to come for gold,” Parkland Valley head coach Jason Gordon said of his team of teenagers born in 2000.

Click HERE for a video that captures the team's reaction to winning gold. 

“We knew it would be tough all the way through with a short-term tournament, but we’ve got a lot of guys who are winners and they play like winners all of the time.”

The game ended in Parkland Valley’s favour, with a final score of 8-4.

Although they ended the tournament undefeated, Gordon said that “the competition was fabulous.”

“It’s so good to be part of this. There are nine teams in it, there are 180 athletes, and it’s such a great experience for the kids. P.A.’s done a marvelous job, here. We’ve got to say a lot to the organizing committee --- It’s been great everywhere.”

Wearing the gold medal Mayor Greg Dionne placed over his neck minutes previous, team captain Carson Miller concluded that this week in Prince Albert has been a positive experience.

“Just amazing -- everything, here,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s not just competition, it’s playing against friends from all around Saskatchewan -- other great players.”

We knew it would be tough all the way through with a short-term tournament, but we’ve got a lot of guys who are winners and they play like winners all of the time. Jason Gordon

Although the team, consisting of Yorkton Terriers, Melville Blues and Melville Millionaires players, came together for the tournament, Miller commended the hodgepodge team for how fast they came together as a team, with passing and teamwork key attributes that led to their gold medal win.

“Our strengths were just working on the little things,” Gordon said. “We did everything that we had to do along the outside of the dots, and when it was time to come inside the dots to score goals we attacked the net.”

In addition to their time on the ice, Gordon said that the team found plenty of fun in the community.

“Yesterday they went down cheering on our Special Olympic bowling athletes and take in a little bit of the city in, there, and cheer on other events -- and that’s what it’s all about.”

Saskatoon earned bronze after beating Prairie Central 3-1 on Wednesday morning.

The Prince Albert area Lakeland boy’s hockey team placed eighth overall, winning one game and losing three.

Female hockey is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, with a gold medal game scheduled to take lace at the Kinsmen Arena on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Yorkton Terriers

Geographic location: Parkland Valley, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Lakeland

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    February 20, 2014 - 05:01

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