They say you never win silver, only lose gold. And to look at the crestfallen faces of the
Marathon Mercs Peewee hockey team after a thrilling 4-3 game against their archrivals
from Longlac, you would be forgiven for believing that old adage true. But the truth is,
the Peewee Mercs were heroic in defeat and played a wonderful Zones tournament.
During the round robin, the Mercs went undefeated against the 6 other teams, including
a 5-0 dominant defeat of the Longlac Timberwolves. This established the Mercs as the
team to beat in the playoffs. An unfortunate call in the second last round robin game left
the Mercs shorthanded for their rematch with the Longlac Timberwolves in the
championship game. The back and forth competition with the Timberwolves has been a
highlight of the season, with the teams evenly splitting the tournaments in which they
played. It was the game that everyone wanted to see and it was certainly worth the wait.
With two of the Mercs out, Tyler Lass (upper body injury) and Keenan Skworchinski, the
Mercs were short one skilled winger and a lightning quick centreman so the rest of the
ten skaters had to step up. The Mercs were up to the challenge with their talented
centreman Jadan Desormeaux and versatile Clark Harris who had to play out of position
at centre. Jadan and Clark battled all game and were helped by the relentless checking
of our wingers: Ashtyn McWatch, Noah McWatch, Blake Michano, and Rick Michano.
After falling behind 2-0, the Mercs fought back on two quick goals to tie the game. A
talented Longlac team scored two more goals to win the game 4-3. During the game, our
defense played bravely, battling a Longlac team playing on home ice. Cohen Leduc,
Caydence Yaciuk, Braydon Oldford, and Kylie Cook all held the line as they have all
season. In the end, star goalie, Kayo Lake, had to watch the Mercs search for a game-
tying goal that would never come.
The Mercs worked hard just like Head Coach Daryl Skworchinski had taught them. With
the numbers stacked against them, and a talented Longlac team at full strength, the
Mercs were always going to have a tough road to gold. But with their effort and tenacity,
it is easy to say that they won silver.
The Peewee Mercs went 34-6 on the season that included playing in all their tournament
championship games and being crowned champions at Robin’s, Terrace Bay, and
The Mercs would like to thank the volunteers who made this a truly memorable season
of Peewee hockey: Daryl Skworchinski (Head Coach), Kurtis Atkinson and Anna-Rose
Bertin (Assistant Coaches), Dwayne Oldford (Goalie Coach), Ray Lake (Trainer), and
Barb Zelek (Manager). They would also like to thank their families and fans for all their
support throughout the season.