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Tiger fire Special Olympics team welcomes teams for floor hockey tournament


The Tiger Fire hosted the fourth annual Special Olympics Parkland Floor Hockey tournament last Fri. (Jan. 12) and Sat. (Jan. 13) where they had the opportunity to host the Winnipeg Blue Devils, Brandon’s Wheat City Wings (WCW) and the Riding Mountain Rebels (RMR).
The Tiger Fire came out winning one of the three games played, placing them in third overall.
“It was a great tournament,” said Head Coach June Mosiondz, who is helped on the sidelines by Doreen Miles and Shane Unrah, as well as Portage la Prairie based coach Bryan McCorrister who also brings additional team members to the roster.
“All the teams showed up, despite freezing temperatures. The teams displayed great sportsmanship, good teamwork, good attitudes, and the event was well organized.”
In the final game of the weekend, the Tiger Fire claimed a 15-4 win over the RMR.
“The Tiger Fire took 55 shots on RMR and RMR returned 22 shots,” said Mosiondz.
“Player of the game was Stephanie Holmes from Portage La Prairie.”
The second game saw the Tiger Fire lose to the WCW. Their opponents took 39 shots on the Tigers and compared to the 40 shots they returned.
“It was a good game with lots of passing,” said Mosiondz.
“Player of the game was Brennan Sauder.”
The first game on Friday resulted in a 10-4 win for the Winnipeg Blue Devils. The Blue Devils took 53 shots on the Tigers goalie and Tiger Fire took 19 shots on the Blue Devils.
“It was a high-energy game,” said Mosiondz. “Lots of good passing by Winnipeg and a few good breakaways. The Tiger goalie, Kolton Leslie, turned away 43 shots. Winnipeg poured on the heat in that last period. Angie Ferland took Player of the Game.”
Mosiondz expressed gratitude for the help she received in putting the tournament together.
“The tournament would not be possible without the help of our coaches, volunteers, all of the sponsors and Tournament Management Team,” she said. “I would also like to give a big thanks to our referees Gary Wowchuk, Terry Fullerton and Rob Buchanan.
“Our athletes take great pride in hosting events like these. There is also the home court advantage and the large fan base.
“All four teams played very well. There was great sportsmanship and good teamwork by all teams,” she added.
Tiger  Fire will continue their season when they take on the Swan Valley Co-op River Rats on Feb. 11. After the game, they will be gearing up to head to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games held in Winnipeg on Feb. 24.
“The Tiger Fire team will continue to practice and possibly have a few friendly competitions set up with local sports teams or another game with the RCMP,” concluded Mosiondz.

Jakki Lumax