Fort Macleod Mavericks had their hands full with a team of Wildcats on Sunday afternoon in the championship of a Novice hockey tournament.
The Wildcats clawed the host Mavericks 11-5 to claim the title of the Fort Macleod Novice Hockey Tournament.
The Mavericks are Ryan Burrows, Hayden Provost, Danton North Peigan, Tayden Knife, Kasey Russell Jr., Teran Broderson, Jack Grier, Jeter Provost, Carter Meston, Hayden Archibald, Dylan Feyter, Mary Anne Smith, Dayton Tailfeathers, Richard Meech and Charlotte Austin.
Coaches are Cole Archibald and Tyler Broderson and manager is Jill Burrows.
Mavericks 15 Ice Diggers 12
The Mavericks opened the tournament Saturday with a 15-12 win in a shootout with the Ice Diggers.
The Ice Diggers jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period but the Mavericks showed their grit and rallied to lead 11-8 after 40 minutes.
The goals continued to come fast and furious in the third period, with Fort Macleod emerging with a 15-12 win.
Ryan Burrows and Kasey Russel Jr. each scored six goals for the Mavericks and Dayton Tailfeathers had a hat trick.
Danton North Peigan and Mary Anne Smith picked up assists.
Mavericks 12 Sharks 8
The Mavericks staged a late rally on Saturday to edge the Sharks 12-8.
The teams battled to a 4-4 tie in the opening period but the Sharks pulled ahead 7-6 in the middle frame.
The Sharks added one more goal early in the third to lead 8-6.
The Mavericks got one back four minutes later but continued to trail as the third period wound down.
With just over six minutes left, the Mavericks started a rally that saw them score five goals in less than four minutes to emerge with a 12-8 win.
Kasey Russell Jr. had another six goals for the Mavericks, Dayton Tailfeathers scored four and Ryan Burrows had two. Danton North Peigan picked up the only assist awarded by the officials.
Mavericks 11 Hawks 3
On Sunday morning the Mavericks took control early on their way to an 11-3 win over the Hawks.
Fort Macleod took a 4-1 lead in the first period and increased the margin to 7-1 after 40 minutes.
The Hawks managed to get two pucks past Mavericks goalie Charlotte Austin in the third period, but the Mavericks countered with four of their own for an 11-3 win.
Dayton Tailfeathers and Kasey Russel Jr. each had five goals to lead the Fort Macleod attack and Ryan Burrows scored once.
Dylan Feyter, Kasey Russell Jr. and Jack Grier earned assists.
Wildcats 11 Mavericks 5
The win over the Hawks advanced the Mavericks to the championship game on Sunday afternoon against the Wildcats.
The Wildcats held period leads of 2-1 and 5-4 before breaking the game wide open in the third with six goals to Fort Macleod’s one for an 11-5 win.
Dayton Tailfeathers scored four times for Fort Macleod and Kasey Russell Jr. had one goal. Hayden Archibald had an assist.