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Reese Jones of Manitoba Strong tries to knock away the loose puck during the 1999-born age-group final of the Source for Sports AAA Hockey Challenge against the Renegades at Westman Place on Sunday.
Glenboro’s Zach Wytinck played hero for Manitoba Strong at the Source for Sports AAA Hockey Challenge on Sunday.
Wytinck scored the winning goal in the shootout to decide the 1999-born age-group championship as the Strong edged the Renegades 5-4. Wytinck also set up the goal scored by Douglas native Reg Pohl, who was selected by the Seattle Thunderbirds in Thursday’s WHL bantam draft, that tied the game late in the third period.
Benoit Mowbray led the Strong, who went 1-0-1 in the round robin, with two goals, while Dustin Mozdzen also found the back of the net.
Thomas Hansell, Jared Bucci, Drayson Barta and Sam Maxwell scored for the Renegades, while Zak Bannatyne made 36 saves.
In Sunday’s other playoff games:
1999 AGE GROUP
Renegades 4 Prospects 2
Matt Lawrence paced the Renegades with a goal and an assist in the semifinal. Morgan Grona and Will van der Sloot scored for the Western Canada Top Prospects.
2001 AGE GROUP
Wings 5 Jets Pride 0
Callum Fortin scored twice and Dawson Green made 15 saves in net as the Westman Wings won their division championship. Carter Hildebrandt, Zack Hodgson and Griffin Ryden also scored for the Wings, who finished second in the round robin with a 2-1 record. Joshua Bond made 25 saves for Jets Pride.
Wings 8 Hawks 2
Fortin had two goals in the Wings’ semifinal, while Ryden added a goal and three helpers. Jack Shaffer stopped 54 shots for the Hawks.
Jets Pride 5 Crusaders 4
Evan Palmer and Adam Stewart both scored twice for Jets Pride in the other semifinal. Quinton Browning paced the Crusaders with two markers and a helper.
2000 AGE GROUP
Strong 6 Steelers 0
Tate Popple scored the game-winning goal, while Koby Morrisseau added two markers and an assist for Manitoba Strong as it capped its undefeated run with a win over the Junior Steelers in the final. Riley Wallace made 22 saves for Manitoba, while Jordan Hildebrand stopped 37 shots for the Steelers.
Strong 10 Punishers 2
Morrisseau scored two goals and set up four others for the Strong in their semifinal, while Mackenzie Belinski and Jaymes Knee both added a pair of markers. Lyndan McCallum and Preston Seymour replied for the Punishers.
Steelers 7 Crusaders 4
In the other semifinal, Justin Nachbaur and Corey Soorsma both scored twice for the Steelers, while Kyle Colewell and Tyler Will both found the back of the net twice for the Crusaders.
2002 AGE GROUP
Prospects 4 Predators 3
Mike Barron scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist as the Manitoba Prospects won their division final. Tanner Hoffman had a goal and an assist for the Northern Predators.
Prospects 3 Mavericks 2
Armando Evans scored all three goals for the Prospects in the semifinals. Aden Gunn and Kassen Downey scored for the Mavericks, who held a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Predators 11 Crusaders 2
Dawson Springer scored four time and Anthony Roebuck added a hat trick for the Predators in the other semifinal. Taylor Johnson and Sam Chittenden replied for the Crusaders.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 5, 2014