By: Vince Clark
On the weekend of March 1st-3rd 2019, Powerview-Pine Falls played host to an Eastman Hockey Association provincial tournament for the first time ever. The 8 teams comprising the Female Atom Rural A Division descended on Sunova Arena in Pine Falls to determine the provincial division champion. Teams travelled from far and wide for the tournament, with squads from Neepawa, Brandon, Treherne, Grandplains, Morden, St-Anne and Boissevain/Deloraine making the trek.
The gold medal game was played between the Morden Hawks and the Neepawa Natives. The game provided lots of back and forth action, with Morden pulling away late for a 5-3 win. The bronze medal game featured the Boissevain/Deloraine Border Kings and the Grandplains Ice Dogs, with Boissevain/Deloraine coming out on top 3-1. Lastly, the consolation game was won by the St-Anne Aces over Treherne.
Our local team, known as the Northern Lights, played their hearts out but fell short against some stiff competition. Despite their struggles, the team was upbeat and energetic and never once resigned to defeat. The girls played their hearts out and left it all on the ice, and that’s all that matters.
The event provided much needed business for the Arena, which could be crucial for the keeping the arena operating in the long term. The event was spearheaded by local hockey mom Trista Demedeiros, who’s youngest daughter, Addison, plays on the aforementioned Northern Lights. Trista would like to extend a big thank you to all those who volunteered to help run the tournament. “I couldn’t have done it without them, they were my saving grace!” she said.
The idea of Powerview-Pine Falls hosting this tournament had been a dream of Trista’s for a few years. Her older daughter, Devyn, is an avid hockey player as well, and Trista has organized the local provincial girls’ Atom team for the last couple years while her daughter played on it. She also applied to have Sunova Arena host the event every year. “I’ve always thought it would be great for the community and the Arena to host this event” said Trista. This year, Powerview-Pine Falls was finally selected as the host. “I was ecstatic when I found out.” She said.
The arena was packed to the brim all weekend, and the tournament went very smoothly.