Atoms finish with silver

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St. Paul hosted an Atom 2 hockey tournament this weekend, consisting of teams from Mallaig, Cold Lake, Kitscoty, Elk Point, Vegreville, and St. Paul.

The St. Paul Atom 2 Canadiens played games against Mallaig and Cold Lake on Saturday morning and afternoon respectively, and played against Kitscoty on Sunday morning.

St. Paul played the final game of the tournament against Vegreville to decide the first and second place teams. Both teams played tough games, but Vegreville was able to pull ahead to grab a win over St. Paul.

“The games were close, and there were no real blowouts,” said Joleen Bendera-Sabatier, one of the organizers of the tournament with St. Paul Minor Hockey. “In the end, Elk Point took bronze, St. Paul took silver, and Vegreville took the gold spot.”

Bendera-Sabatier also explained that although coming in second place was a great finish for the Atom 2 Canadiens, the experience of hosting a tournament and playing against other great teams far outweighs a silver finish.

“More important than winning medals was the excitement from all the kids and their families. Their enthusiasm made the tournament a lot of fun!”

One of the highlights of the tournament was the pizza shootout, a staple event at many hockey tournaments. “It was a real blast, and everyone had a good time,” said Sabatier.

The two-day, eight-team tournament was described as a “huge success”, and proceeds from the tournament helped to raise thousands of dollars for St. Paul and District Minor Hockey.

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