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A successful weekend for athletes

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The Tiger Fire hosted the  annual Special Olympics Parkland Floor Hockey tournament last Friday (Jan. 13) and  Saturday (Jan. 14) where they had the opportunity to play  the Winnipeg Blue Devils, Brandon’s  Wheat City Wings (WCW) and the Riding Mountain Rebels. The Tiger fire came out winning two of the three games played. “It was a great tournament,” said Head Coach June Mosiondz, who is helped on the sidelines by Gail Bruce, Doreen Miles, Shane Unrah and Dustin Schultz as well as two Portage la Prairie based coaches Bryan McCorrister and Leanne Miller who also bring additional team members to the roster. “All the teams showed up despite freezing temperatures.  The teams displayed great sportsmanship, good teamwork, good attitudes, and the event was well organized.”  The first game on Friday resulted in a 11-7 win for the Winnipeg Blue Devils. “The Blue Devils took 65 shots on Tigers goalie and Tiger Fire took 32 shots on Blue Devils,” said Mosiondz. “It was a high-energy game, lots of good passing by Winnipeg and a few good breakaways.  Tiger goalie Jarret  Gingras turned away 54 shots.   “Swan River’s Brennan Sauder scored the first Tiger Fire goal in the first period assisted by Jeremy Stephen.  Kolton Leslie had a breakaway and traveled the length of the court to get past the Devils and score.  Sauder scored an impressive three goals in the third period and Stephen picked up a rebound to score.  Ron Legall fought his way down the court and also flipped in the last goal in the third period.  “Winnipeg poured on the heat in that last period,” continued Mosiondz, “They out-shot the Tigers 25-8 to winning the game. Gingras took Player of the Game.” The second game saw the Tiger Fire beat the WCW 7-2.  Their opponents took 18 shots on the Tigers and compared to the 27 shots they returned.  “It was a good game with lots of passing,” said Miller. “The Tiger Fire were pumped up and getting better with each game.” “Joe Cook took the puck up the right side and scored the first goal within the first two minutes,” added Mosiondz.  “Then, Sauder took the puck from one end to the other to score the second goal. “Cook’s second goal in the first period was a nail biter as the goalie fumbled the puck and it fell in.  “Sauder scored a total of four goals with one assist by Stephen and Cook had a hat trick.  Player of the game was Brett Miller. In the final action of the weekend, the Tiger Fire claimed a 10-3 win over the Riding Mountain Rebels. “The Tiger Fire took 72 shots on RMR and RMR returned 16 shots,” said Mosiondz. “Cook scored four goals and one assist. John Schabert added three goals with Kolton Leslie assisting in one, while Kipp Terry made two goals and Zack Lavalle one.        Mosiondz expressed appreciation for the help in putting together this tournament. “The tournament would not be possible without the help of our coaches, volunteers,  all of the sponsors and Tournament Management Team,” she said. “Our athletes take great pride in hosting events like these. There is also the home court advantage and the large fan base. “All four teams played very well,” continued Mosiondz. “There was great sportsmanship and  good teamwork by all teams.” UP NEXT Tiger Fire will compete in the 2017 Winter Olympic Games held in Winnipeg this Feb. 25. The team will be busy until then. “The Tiger Fire team will continue to practice and possibly have a few friendly competitions set up with local sports teams or another game with the RCMP,” concluded Mosiondz.

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Tara Mara
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