Pee wee Rustlers win tournament in Saanich

The pee wee A2 team celebrating their tournament championship. - Submitted photo
The pee wee A2 team celebrating their tournament championship.
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The Ridge Meadows pee wee A2 Rustlers won gold at the Saanich pee wee T2 Hockey Tournament over the weekend.

The Rustlers opened the tournament with a 4-2 victory over the Powell River Kings. Next they fell 4-3 to Victoria Ice Hawks. In the third game against the Nanaimo Clippers, a late goal by Kyle Sackmann tied the game 2-2, and won them a spot in the semifinals.

Ridge then advanced to the finals by defeating the host Saanich Braves in a game that went to a shootout. Shootout heroics from goalie Jacob Dubinsky, and shooters Dylan Kong and Reece Hansford punched the ticket to the finals.

In the gold medal game against Victoria, the Rustlers came out strong, leading after the first period 2-0, but by the start of the third period the score was tied 4-4.

Jake Sheridan scored with 12:49 left in the third, assisted by Luke Budisa and Sean Butler, to break the deadlock. Talon Duff scored into an empty net to seal the win.

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