|First place - Cranbrook Royals|
|Second place - Lethbridge Lightning|
|Third place - Host team Pincher Creek Chinooks|
Photos and video - J. Davis, Eric LeBlanc
On the weekend of Friday November 27 – Sunday November 28 the Pincher Creek Minor Hockey Association hosted their 2015-2016 Atoms Hockey Tournament. These tournament games gave competing teams an opportunity to face-off against unusual opponents. The Tournament was structured in a Round Robin format, with each team guaranteed four games. Two points were awarded for each win, and one point was awarded to each team in the event of a draw. Games each consisted of three 25 minute periods, with the clock left running. Raffle tables were available in the MCC Arena lobby throughout the tournament.
Game 1 - Chinooks vs Lightning
Game 2 - Royals vs Kings
The second game of Friday evening saw the Cranbrook Royals facing off against the Airdrie Kings. The Royals came out clearly ahead in this game of thrones, winning by a landslide. The Royals earned a lead early in the game, and followed it up with a long string of goals. Meanwhile their defense proved unbreakable, and the Kings were scoreless.
Game 3 - Chinooks vs Bombers
Game 4 - Royals vs Panthers
Game 5 - Lightning vs Bombers
Game 6 - Kings vs Panthers
Game 7 - Chinooks vs Royals
Game 8 - Lightning vs Panthers
The final game of Saturday evening saw the Lethbridge Lightening play against Medicine Hat, for a shot at the finals. The Lightening won, 10-1, earning themselves a spot in the finals based on goals scored.
Game 9 - Panthers vs Bombers
In the final games of the qualifying round, the Medicine Hat Panthers faced-off against the Okotoks Bombers. Regardless of who won, they would play again in the next game, so this game was low stakes. The Okotoks Bombers won 7-5.
Game 10 - Panthers vs Bombers
The Medicine Hat Panthers then played a rematch against the Okotoks Bombers in the closest game of the tournament. the Bombers scored the first goal of the game five minutes into it. They kept their lead throughout the first period, but the Panthers scored their own goal nearing the end of the first period, tying the game up. In the second period the Bombers scored three goals to the Panthers one. The Panthers scored a single goal in the third period, but were unable to close the gap. The Bombers won 4-3.
Game 11 - Chinooks vs Kings for third place
Game 12 - Lightning vs Royals for first place
The Lethbridge Lightening played in the final round against Cranbrook's Royals. The Royals won another wide margin win, taking home first prize.
Chinooks at the tournament:
#2 Lane Conley - 2 goals, 3 assists
#3 Eric Radvak - 2 assists
#4 Drew Stuckey - 14 goals, 4 assists
#9 Maddix Dyck
#10 Joah Randall - 2 goals, 1 assist
#11 Jaxon Shenton - 1 goal, 3 assists
#12 Jaydon Draper - 10 goals, 7 assists
#13 Varian Caldwell - 1 assist
#14 Travis Bastien Jr - 4 assists
#15 Christian Potts - 1 assist
#16 Aiden Potts - 6 goals, 1 assist
#23 Josie Waterchief - 1 assist
#24 Mayz Vance - 2 assists
#26 Zackary Hann - numerous saves