Sagkeeng Braves Take Second in North American First Nations Hockey Tournament

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This past weekend, the Sagkeeng Braves represented their  community in Kenora at the  North American First Nations championships. Out of 16 teams from all over Ontario and Manitoba, the boys come in second place.  More info to come.

By Don Norman

The Sagkeeng Braves Junior Men’s hockey team had a good run at in Kenora earlier this month at the North American First Nations Hockey Tournament. The tournament brought in teams from all over Manitoba and North Western Ontario competing for the top prize.

The Braves opened their tournament with a 4-2 win over Rat Portage. They then went on to defeat Shoal Lake 2-1, then beat the Peguis Mohawks 4-2, but finally registered a loss to 2-1 Norway House.

Still that got them into the finals where they once again faced off against Norway House. The game remained scoreless in the first period. Both teams scored a goal in the second period, but Norway house put the game away with 2 goals in the third.

The Peguis Mohawks took third place with a 5-1 win over the Fisher River Terriers.

While we haven’t seen much of the Braves over the past couple of years, a few of the younger guys stepped up to get the team back on the ice. They played a few tournaments this year and they hope to get back into league play next year. They are in talks with the Carillon league for 2018-2019. That would pit them against teams from Grunthal, St. Annes, Red River as well as their former MSHL rivals the Lac du Bonnet Blues who have also moved to the Carillon League.