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Atom Mavericks named Team of the Year

The Atom Mavericks, back row, from left: head coach Nick Beer, assistant coach Jadon Sharratt, assistant coach Henry Roelofsen, assistant coach John Haluck and assistant coach George Wolstenholme. Middle row, from left: AJ Poytress, Carson Warren, Daxz Vance, Liam Beer, Carter Henderson and Chase Provost. Front row, from left: Mazie Meech, Avery Wolstenholme, Kaiiyo (Matt) Yellow Horn, Rylan Carter, London Wolstenholme and Haze Sharratt. Missing from the photo are Nathan Coast and Thai Le.

The Atom Mavericks were named Fort Macleod Minor Hockey’s Team of the Year.
The Mavericks, who won a Zone 5 banner and represented Fort Macleod at the Atom D provincial tournament, were honoured Wednesday during the awards ceremony at the Empress Theatre.
“It’s always a tough decision,” Minor Hockey vice-president Kyle Nielson said. “It’s a tough decision to make because all the teams this year were very, very successful. It was a very tight vote.”
The Atom Mavericks were named Team of the Year by a single vote, Nielson said.
“We’re super proud of the Atom Mavericks this year, what they accomplished on the ice and off the ice,” head coach Nick Beer said.
The Mavericks had an overall record of 23 wins, 14 losses and four ties in league, playoffs, provincials and exhibition.
The Atom Mavericks won seven, lost four and tied three games in regular season to place third behind Foothills and Lethbridge.
The Mavericks swept Kainai in two straight games in the first round of the playoffs.
That moved Fort Macleod into a semifinal best-of-three series against Lethbridge.
The Mavericks pushed that series to the limit but Lethbridge prevailed two games to one to advance to the finals against Foothills.
The Mavericks won their opening round of Zone 5 playoffs, then got a bye in the second round to advance to the finals.
The Mavericks opened the two-game, total-goals series on home ice with a 9-8 win over Crowsnest Pass Thunder.
In the second game at the Crowsnest Pass, the Mavericks downed the Thunder 9-6 to win the series by an aggregate score of 18-14.
At the provincial tournament at Rimbey, the Mavericks had a tie and two losses and did not advance to the medal round.
“Despite not coming home with a provincial banner the Atoms should be super proud of their success there,” Beer said.
“Success comes in more than one form, and as coaches of what this team has done off the ice — the fact they have really come together as a group, they get along, they’ve got each other’s backs, they look out for each other.”
Beer paid tribute to the assistant coaches and manager Natasha Haluck.
“I was lucky to be able to work with a group of coaches and a manager who were just fantastic to work with,” Beer said. “We were a pretty collaborative team.”

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