Northwest Territories faces off against the Team Yukon hockey team Friday morning to determine the winner of AWG Bronze Ulu in bantam men's hockey
Photo By Star McGlasson
Team Yukon’s bantam hockey team won the Bronze Ulu in a playoff game against Northwest Territories with a final score of 5-1 on Friday.
Fatigue and injuries were evident during the game and could be attributed to the longer periods played during the medal rounds that have NHL-length, 20-minute periods compared to the normal 15-minute periods played earlier in the week. As a result, these games are typically more physically challenging and exhausting.
“Pretty tired” is how Darren Van Langen, Yukon assistant coach, described his team after their bronze win. Van Langen is coaching in his first Arctic Winter Games in his first year of coaching.
“They hit hard, worked hard, never gave up,” said Van Langen about the NWT team. “I think we were in better shape; we’ve played in quite a few tournaments over the year and showed it by keeping strong in the end,” added Van Langen.
“Call it a confidence thing, especially with the lack of offense and now two injuries,” said Gregg Rowe, Northwest Territories head coach, explaining his team’s upsetting loss to Yukon. “Yukon was pretty strong much of the week,” he added.
“We didn’t have the intensity after losing a tough game yesterday,” said Rowe, recalling how his team was up 3-1 until the third period in a game against Team Yukon Thursday night when Yukon came roaring back, scoring four goals and winning 5-3.
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