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Iqaluit Flyers goaltender Aaron Ejetsiak got enough of his glove on this shot to deflect it away during action at the First Air Rec Hockey Tournament in Yellowknife on April 16. Ejetsiak backstopped toe Flyers to victory in the tournament's B division over the Young Chiefs from the host city. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo
Tournament success for Iqaluit Flyers

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE
Offence sells tickets and defence wins championships.
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Sports briefs
James McCarthy | Monday, April 24, 2017

Curling rinks shut out

MONCTON, N.B. - Team NWT's time at the inaugural Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Moncton, N.B., is up and both teams returned home without a win to show for it.
The girls rink from the Inuvik Curling Club, skipped by Tyanna Bain, ended up going winless in five games in the round-robin while the boys from the Yellowknife Curling Club also suffered the same fate - five losses in five games.
Both teams missed the playoffs but got the chance to play in a mixed doubles tournament on April 22 for those teams who ended up on the outside looking in.

Team North ready for battle

NWT - The 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships are set to begin in Cowichan, B.C., on May 1 and Team North will once again lace it up to take on the rest of the country.
The boys and girls teams are made up of players from all three territories, as has been the case for the past several years. Les Skinner of Inuvik will once again lead the boys behind the bench and go into this year's tournament at the reigning silver medalists from one year ago. He will be assisted by Yellowknife's Ryan O'Connor and Fort Smith's Shaun MacPherson. Candace MacEachen of Whitehorse is the bench boss for the girls with Hay River's John Hill and Yellowknife Kaylee Grant serving as her assistants.
Both teams are leaving for B.C. on April 27 and will have a training camp in Nanaimo, B.C., from April 28 to 30 before they start action on May 1 with both outfits playing Alberta on day one.

Soccer a-plenty approaches

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - With Adult Super Soccer out of the way, the focus now turns to the scholastic version of the NWT soccer championships.
Diavik Junior Super Soccer kicks things off beginning on April 26 with the Yellowknife teams in action on the opening evening. The capital squads will be joined this year by teams from Inuvik, Behchoko, Lutsel K'e, Hay River and Fort Smith from the NWT along with Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour from Nunavut and Haines Junction from Yukon.
A total of six banners will be up for grabs in the Grade 6, 7 and 8 divisions with boys and girls categories for each.

Big turnout for Toonik Tyme Cup

IQALUIT - The last senior men's hockey tournament of the season in Nunavut has wrapped up for another year.
The annual Toonik Tyme Cup featured two divisions of five teams, each with their own championship to play for. Five teams from the capital were joined by Rankin Inlet, Pangnirtung, Hall Beach and two teams from Nunavik, those being Salliut and Kujjuuaq, to play in both divisions.
Play began on April 20 with three games hitting the ice to start the round-robin, which finished up on April 22. The playoffs started the next night with the finals for both divisions happening the next day. See the next edition of Nunavut News/North for the wrap-up.

Rankin Inlet's run ends at two

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - The First Air Rec Hockey Tournament wasn't the only big sporting event involving Nunavut in the NWT capital earlier this month.
Rankin Inlet made the trip back to Yellowknife in defence of its Adult Super Soccer title. In fact, they were going for the three-peat having won the championship in 2015 and 2016 but they were unable to do so as they lost out in the quarter-final to the Range Street Bullies from Yellowknife, 3-2.
The North Stars of Yellowknife ended up as this year's champions and North Stars player John Dewar had some nice words to say about the visitors.
"Good on Rankin Inlet, though, for having that great run," he said. "It was nice to have them come back again and they had another strong team but just had a bit of bad luck in their quarter-final."
The Gjoa Haven Snowy Owls also made the trip to Yellowknife but they, too, fell in the quarter-final stage.

Keeping it in house

IQALUIT - The Iqaluit Taekwondo Society is getting ready for its big trip to the General Choi Memorial Cup Ottawa in June and they will take a big step toward figuring out who will be going this week.
The society will host an in-house tournament on April 24 and 26 and will be split into two separate events. The first evening will be for poomse (patterns) while night two will feature sparring.
It's meant to be fun and competitive but it will also be used as a selection event for the Ottawa trip.

Team North ready for battle

NUNAVUT - The 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships are set to begin in Cowichan, B.C., on May 1 and Team North will once again lace it up to take on the rest of the country.
The boys and girls teams are made up of players from all three territories, as has been the case for the past several years. Les Skinner of Inuvik will once again lead the boys behind the bench and go into this year's tournament at the reigning silver medalists from one year ago. He will be assisted by Yellowknife's Ryan O'Connor, formerly of Arviat, and Fort Smith's Shaun MacPherson. Candace MacEachen of Whitehorse is the bench boss for the girls with Hay River's John Hill and Yellowknife's Kaylee Grant serving as her assistants.
Both teams are leaving for B.C. on April 27 and will have a training camp in Nanaimo, B.C., from April 28 to 30 before they start action on May 1 with both outfits playing Alberta on day one.

Soccer a-plenty approaches

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - With Adult Super Soccer out of the way, the focus now turns to the scholastic version of the NWT soccer championships.
Diavik Junior Super Soccer kicks things off beginning on April 26 and Nunavut will be represented in the form of Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour having teams. They join several teams from the NWT and even Haines Junction, Yukon, which is sending two teams.
A total of six banners will be up for grabs in the Grade 6, 7 and 8 divisions with boys and girls categories for each.

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