They needed a little extra time, but the Neepawa Tigers didn’t mind as they left Russell on Saturday as the provincial AA high school hockey champions.
Braedon Mitchell scored the overtime winner as the Tigers edged the Deloraine/Hartney Colts 3-2 in the championship game.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Colts as Cole Thomas and Andrew Vercaigne, who was named a tournament all-star, both scored in the opening frame to give them a 2-0 lead. However, Bryson Kaye and Shane Levandosky, who was also named an all-star, replied in the second period for Neepawa. The goaltenders — Brady Plett of the Tigers and Reiden Bodin of the Colts — stole the show after that until Mitchell’s deciding goal.
Ty Moffat of Deloraine/Hartney was named tournament MVP, while Neepawa’s Garett Rempel and Brady Plett were named all-stars, along with David Dunn of the host Major Pratt Trojans and James Turnbull of the Melita/Waskada Devils.
In the bronze-medal game, Robert Wishart and Brayden Cullum both had a goal and an assist as the Trojans topped the Devils 4-1. Chad Kilimnik and Adam Robidioux also scored for the Trojans, while Dylan Tanner had a pair of helpers. Carter McKinney netted the lone marker for the Devils.
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