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Nunavut iced by NWT, but takes loss in stride

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

 

  With the game board score showing 8-0, Nunavut's head coach Donovan gave the go-ahead to continue play into the third period. "We┐re here to play," he said. Photo By Star McGlasson

With the game board score showing 8-0, Nunavut's head coach Donovan gave the go-ahead to continue play into the third period. "Were here to play," he said.

Photo By Star McGlasson

The Nunavut midget hockey team may have lost to Team Northwest Territories in midget men’s hockey, but they certainly aren’t showing it.

“I’m not disappointed in the team, we all tried hard,” said Nick Dunphy, assistant team captain for the Nunavut team after a 9-0 loss Tuesday night.

“We just couldn’t get one in,” said Dunphy. “We were getting focused at the start of the third period, but it was too late,” he said.

Nunavut’s head coach, John Donovan, had an opportunity unique to the Games. At the end of the second period, NWT was winning 8-0. According to the Games’ rules, at the end of the second period or any time during the third period, the game may be stopped at the discretion of the head coach of the losing team if the goal spread is seven or more. At second period’s end, Donovan chose to continue.

“This was the first game they had played together,” but we’re here to play, said Donovan. “We had four breakaways; we just didn’t score,” he added.

Meanwhile, NWT was celebrating their first Games victory.

“I can’t wait to tell my mom,” said Elton Ruben, a forward for the NWT who scored three of the nine goals against Nunavut. Ruben scored the first goal of the game and another in the first period. He completed his hat trick during the third period.

Ruben said this was his first experience at the Games. “I’m proud of myself and of how the team played,” he said.

NWT team member, Joey Hiebert, also had a hat trick and one assist.



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