Sometimes while in the United States, one might feel a bit like a stranger in a strange land, but the Estevan atom Warriors felt close to home last weekend in Minot, N.D.
The Warriors went undefeated en route to an A final in the Minot Pepsi Shootout, only to bump into the only other Canadian entry into the tournament.
Entering into the Minot tournament was a fun idea when it came to tournaments to go outside of the country, team manager Amy Lesy said and teams from here have often fared well.
Friday, they defeated the Minot White team 10-3, and then Saturday they won a pair of games, defeating Minot Maroon 7-1 and Dickenson White 11-1. They had an early Sunday morning win over Williston 11-4, taking them to the A final against the combined team of Bienfait/Alameda.
While they ran out of gas there in a 9-2 loss, the Warriors played well throughout the entire tournament, Lesy said.
“We’re all very proud of them,” Lesy said.
A lot of goals came from the sticks of Aidan Turner and Jaxon Entz. The only goaltender for the weekend was Kyron George.
“Almost everybody on the team scored throughout the tournament,” Lesy said.