Minor hockey teams begin seasons

Estevan’s three teams in the Saskatchewan Minor AA Hockey League began their seasons on the weekend.

The Estevan Apex midget AA Bruins opened their season by sweeping a pair of games from the Regina Rangers at Affinity Place.

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Kieran Stewart and Cale Adams scored 28 seconds apart in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the first game Saturday afternoon. The Rangers scored once late in the first and twice in the second to lead 3-2, but Chase Gedak’s goal with 94 seconds to play in the second tied the game again.

Gedak added his second of the game with seven minutes to play in the third, and Tayce Miller rounded out the scoring late in the frame.

Logan Nagel made 11 saves for the victory.

The second game was a 6-1 victory on Sunday. Cade Bendtsen scored midway through the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, and then Adams and Tanner Stovin scored in the second for a 3-0 advantage. After the Rangers scored, Stovin added his second of the game to restore the three-goal margin.

Gedak and Tieran Stewart added goals in the third.

Jackson Miller stopped 23 shots for the victory.

The Bruins next game is Oct. 19, when they host the Lumsden-Bethune Lions at 4 p.m.

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The Estevan TS&M bantam AA Bruins opened their season with a 4-3 loss to the Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday afternoon at Affinity Place.

Colton Pushie opened the scoring with a goal a little more than seven minutes into the first period. Notre Dame scored with nine minutes to play in the first to tie the game, and added another goal in the second to give the Hounds the lead.

Goals by Carter Onrait and Turner Knockaert gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead after two. Knockaert’s goal came with 19 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

The Hounds tallied twice in the third for the win.

Ty Fehrenbach made 18 saves in the victory.

The bantam Bruins will return to the ice this weekend when they host the Swift Current Broncos on Oct. 12 and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Oct. 13.

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The Estevan Meter peewee AA Bruins began their season with a 7-4 loss to the Melville Millionaires on Saturday afternoon.

The Millionaires scored four times in a four-minute span late in the first period to lead 4-0. A goal by Payton Phillips with 1:15 to play in the first pulled the Bruins to within three.

The Bruins outscored the Mills 2-1 in the second, leaving them down 5-3 through two. Kobe Wotta scored both of Estevan’s goals.

Phillips scored his second of the game early in the third to make it a one-goal game, but a couple of goals by Melville put the game away.

Amy Swayze was in goal for Estevan. 

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