The Brandon-based Bruins proved to be the class of the 2004-born age group at the Source for Sports AAA Hockey Challenge on the weekend.
The Bruins went undefeated during the round robin portion of the three-day event held at the Kinsmen, Optimist and Sportsplex arenas, and then they doubled up the Hawks 8-4 in Sunday’s division final. Callum Halls scored four goals and set up another as the Bruins netted six of the game’s final seven markers to earn the win.
Nicholas McKee added two goals and an assist for the Bruins, while Kaelan Huibers and Chaz Robins also found the back of the net. Mason Lobreau made 27 saves for the win. Jonah Norman recorded a hat trick for the Hawks, who went 2-1 in the round robin.
For the first time in tournament history, the teams opted not to play semifinals. They played exhibition games instead.
Elsewhere in the tournament:
2003 AGE GROUP GOLD
Prospects 11 Ice Hawks 1
Matty Hodson and Alex Bernauer both had hat tricks for the undefeated Huskie Prospects in the division final. Chase Spicer replied for the Dakota Ice Hawks.
Ice Hawks 3 Drillers 2
Braden Panzer scored twice and Jaksen Panzer netted the winner with three minutes left in the semifinal for the Ice Hawks. Reid Wallis and Jackson Gudz scored for the Brandon-based Pacesetter Drillers, who finished third in the round robin with a 1-2 record, while Cody Creasy made 36 saves.
Prospects 9 Wolfpack 1
Braxton Buckberger and Jacob Visentini both netted a pair of markers for the Prospects in the semifinals. Keaton Ziprick made 47 saves for the Man-Sask Wolfpack.
2003 AGE GROUP SILVER
Stars 12 Thunder 8
Dalton Andrews had three goals and two assists for the Mallard Stars, while Hayden Lacquette, Brayden Lewis and Connor Roulette each had two goals and a pair of helpers in the final. Jayden Jubenvill scored four times for the Parkland Thunder, with Tyson Zimmer and D.J. Taylor-Luke netting a pair of markers apiece.
Stars 9 Shooting Stars 4
Andrews scored five times for the Mallard Stars in their semifinal, while Lacquette had two goals and two assists.
Thunder 5 Bears 2
Zimmer scored twice for the Thunder, who struck for five unanswered markers in the third to win their semifinal. Ashton Fisher and Braxton Kuntz replied for the Bears.
2005 AGE GROUP
Prospects 11 Wolfpack 1
Noah Chadwick and Riley Heidt both had hat tricks for the Huskie Prospects as they capped their undefeated run with a dominating performance in the final. Nathan Wagstaff replied for the Man-Sask Wolfpack.
Wolfpack 14 Stars 0
Aiden Ziprick scored three times in the semifinal, while Wyatt La Coste, Cade Cole and Carson Birnie all netted a pair of markers for the Wolfpack. Ryan Hicks made nine saves for the shutout.
Prospects 20 Thunderbolts 0
Heidt had five goals and two assists for the Prospects in their semifinal. Declan Boser made seven saves for the shutout, while Lucas Presznyak stopped 33 shots for the Manitoba Thunderbolts.
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