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PAGE 6 THE PRESS MARCH 16, 2011 Above: Park River Red Machine squirt hockey team. (Photo: Submitted) Red Machine impress again at world's largest squirt hockey tournament By Kevin Skavhaug FARGO, N.D. ---The Park River Red Machine Squirts won four games out of five last weekend at the 27th annual 'Fargo Squirt International Hockey Tournament claimirig first place in the second tier of the B division. Tile Red Machine continued their success in the tournament in 2011. Over the last three years, the Red Machin e Squirts have gone 15 and 2 in the tournanent. The Squiri International, billed as the "largest Squirt (age 9-1 !) hockey tournament in the world", saw the field of competitors increased to 128 teams this year. Of" those teams, half were divided into class A compention and half into class B. The Park River Red Machine, who won the entire class B division last year, were ousted in game one in their quest to defend their title. The Red Machine opened play against Des Moines, Iowa and for the first period the Red Machine controlled the game. Near misses early for Red Machine snipers saw good scoring chances go by the wayside, Austin Brandvotd hit a pipe dead on just two minutes in, Logan Syrup rattled one off the post moments later and other Red Machine skaters had good chances as well but could not find the back of the net. The first period ended in a 0-0 tie. A tier a delayed intermission, Des Moines came out skating and the Red Machine didn't. Des Moines took control fi'om here on out and after getting a 1-0 lead, the Red Machine couldn't get back on the fast track they showed in file first period. In the end Des Moines won 5 to 0 which sent Park River into bracketing with the 31 other teams who lost their first round games. The Red Machine showed their tournament resolve and would not lose again. In game two the Red Machine made up for the loss with lots of hustle, crisp passing, and exceptionally strong defense as they took a 9 to 2 decision away from Devils Lake. That style of play only improved' tbr the Red Machine as the toumament wore on. The Red Machine began playing their best hockey of the year and it would carry them to another shot at a first place trophy. Moving past Devils Lake, the Red Machine would match up against their first competition from a Fargo team this year. The Red Machine went oh to easily dismantle the Fargo Flyers Black team 9 to 0 in what would become known as the Hamster game. The Red Machine skated hard in this one and their quickness and passing was the highlight of the day. Their attack warranted their opponents throwing in the towel midway through the second period as they welcomed a running clock for the rest of the game. Adam Zavalney and Gavin Miller were the scoring leaders in the game, each getting early goals that set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Evan McLaughlin also tallied an early score. Because of the shutout win for goalie Spencer Skavhaug, Roger the Hamster would join the team and unofficially became the team's newest mascot. Next up for the Red Machine on Saturday night were the Fargo Angels. Playing in their home rink, the Angels looked bigger but certainly were not faster. The smaller, quicker Red Machine skaters jumped on the Angels early. Logan Syrup was tenacious in this one as he had been throughout the tournament. Syrup scored the first three goals of the game and Nathan Zavalney added one for the Red Machine pacing Park River to a 5 to 1 victory. The win moved Park River to the championship game for this bracket Sunday afternoon. The championship game would place the Red Machine against Eastview Black, a team out of Apple Valley, Minnesota. Again it would be the quickness of the Red Machine that would be the difference. As one Eastview dad said midway through the first period, "those boys are way too fast for us". That proved to be the ease as Park River flew to a 5 to 2 win. As one Park River coach would comment, "it was a lot Of seeing the teamwork and hustle coming out'of this group of kids, they really are starting to play good hockey." But it was more than offense that provided the winning formula for Park River. The defensive play of the Magnusson twins, Tom and Will, Nick Thompson, Wyatt Jelinek and along with the team's speedy playmaker, Jacob Erovick, they protected the Red Machine end extremely well in the tournament. The Red Machine surrendered only 10 goals over the five games, five of which came in game one, while scoring 28 goals over the course of the final four games of the tournament. Team members include: Adam Zavalney, Nathan Zavalney, Billy Laaveg, Evan McLaughlin, Jacob Erovick, Will Magnusson, Tom Magnusson, Logan Syrup, Wyatt Jelinek, Lane Bell, Gavin Miller, Drew Lien, Nick Thompson, Austin Brandvold, and Spencer Skavhaug. Do you want your news noticed? Do you or your group have a story to tell? We're here to help. Contact The Press: (701) 284-6333 or wcpress @ polarcomm.com W Girls' seasons end at regionals with tough comp,etition Top: Flyers Shayna Ruzicka sadly leaves the court with Sydney Larson who looks at the clock as Central Valley celebrates in the background. The Flyers led by 18 at halftime and had the lead until 4.6 seconds left in the game, in the 56-55 loss in the opening round of the Region 2 Tournament. Middle left: Valley-Edin- burg Titans Brittany Estad looks for a teammate as she recovers the loose basket- ball. The Titans fell to Thompson 68-55 in the opening round of the Region 2 Tournament in Grand Forks. Middle right: FordvilleLankin-Park River Flyers SycF ney Larson puts up two of her 28 points in the Flyers opening round loss to Cen- tral Valley in the Region 2 Tournament. Bottom left: Grafton Spoilers Hanna Thompson wrestles the ball away from a Hillsboro player. The Spoilers downed Hillsboro 50-21 in the opening round of the Region 2 Tournament in Grand Forks. Bottom right: Grafton Spoilers Samantha DeSautel drives to the basket against Dakota Prairie. The Spoilers fell to the Knights 53-48 in overtime in the semi-finals ,. BI of the Region 2 Tou?nament. Photo on Front: Fordville-Lankin-Park River coaching staff, assistant coaches Roger Moe, Lori Beneda and Head Coach Kirby Erickson, nervously watch the final seconds of the 56-55 loss to Central Valley.