The Marathon Mercs were well represented across all levels at this years Robins Tournament in Thunder Bay.
The Pee Wee Mercs successfully defended their Championship from last year as they went undefeated throughout the weekend. The Pee Wees started the weekend off with 5-0 wins over the Northwest Stars and KC Leafs respectively. Kylie Cook and Caydence Yaciuk were chosen as respective Player of the Game for their efforts. The Pee Wees finished their Round Robin in strong fashion defeating regional rival Longlac Timberwolves 3-1, Cohen Leduc Player of the Game, and West End Bruins 5-1, Ashtyn McWatch Player of the Game.
In the Quarter Finals the Pee Wee defeated another regional rival, Superior Stars 5-0 with Bryaden Oldford taking home Player of the game honours. In the Semi-Final, the Pee Wees were led by Jadon Desormeau to an 8-3 win over the Red Lake Rebels. In the Championship Final, the Pee Wee Mercs had a rematch with Longlac. The Mercs came out on top, with Kayo Lake earning Player of the Game Honours for his 5-0 shut out in the Championship game.
The Atom Mercs also had an impressive weekend. The Atoms started their weekend with a physical game against the Neebing Hawks. The Mercs prevailed 8-6 with TJ Michano Drover being named Player of the Game. Later that evening the Atoms defeated the Current River Comets 4-3 in a very entertaining game. Blaise Poirier was awarded the Player of the Game honours. The Atoms continued great team play and earned and other 4-3 victory over the local North End Flames. Payton Harbluk earned the Player of the Game. Next up, the Atoms were up against the powerful St. Boniface Seals from Winnipeg. St. Boniface made short work of all of their opponents this weekend, and the Mercs were no different. The score on record will gracefully show 5-0, but it was not that close. Player of the Game honours was given to Goalie Keagan Hause for helping keep the score as close as he could.
Regardless of this last game, the Atoms were onto the Quarter Finals. The Atom played the Wawa Travellers. The game was tied 3-3 going into a shoot out. Payton Harbluk’s goal as the 4th shooter clinched the win after Keagan Hause turned away Wawa’s final shooter. Logan Nakani earned Player of the Game honours with his hat trick during regular time and his leadership in this game. The Atoms moved onto play in the Semi-Finals against their regional rival, Longlac Timberwolves. In another fantastic close game, the Atoms won 4-3 with Peyton Ryan earning Player of the game honours for her tenacious defence. In the final the Atoms were given a rematch against the St. Boniface Seals. In the final game, the Atoms scored 2 goals against the seals. These were the 2nd and 3rd goals given up all weekend by the Seals. The score on the scoreboard was not close, but it was closer than the first game. The players learned from previous mistakes, and never gave up. Logan Lyons played very well on defence and earned the Player of the Game. The Atoms were very happy to be leaving Thunder Bay as Finalists in their 21-team division.
In other divisions, the Bantam Longlac Timberwolves, who have many Mercs players and coaches on their team this year, won the Bantam A Division. The Midget Mercs made it to the Quarter Finals. This year, both Bantam and Midget teams are combination teams between Marathon and Longlac as the teams were saved so player can continue to play hockey regardless of registration issues.
The youngest Mercs were very well represented at the Novice and IP Levels. Both age divisions play smaller half ice games with players playing skill vs skill for early development opportunities. The Novice team played games against the Longlac Timberwolves, the Westfort Maroons, the VP Bearcats and the KC Flyers.
Congratulations to Pee Wee Mercs on tier Championship, the Atom Mercs as Finalists, and the Bantam Longlac Timberwolves/Marathon Mercs for their Championship!